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Killer Whales: The Natural History and Genealogy of Orcinus Orca in British Columbia and Washington State Paperback – 30 Apr 2000


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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press; 2nd edition edition (30 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0774808004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0774808002
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.1 x 27.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,482,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nikki on 30 July 2002
Format: Paperback
I discovered this book when I went to the Johnstone Strait to kayak. At one point we were surrounded by 3 pods of whales and each of the whales were identified in this book. Having been to Eagle eye where the researchers spend all their time watching and researching the whales, I touched on a little piece of the effort that went into this book. It helped me gain more knowledge about the whales and showed me how to identify each individual whale by their unique markings, it also gave the history of most of the whales I saw and a little bit more. It is a spell binding insight in the whales and their lives. A "must have" book for those tracing the lives of the killer whale.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
If you need to know about orcas... 29 Dec 2002
By K. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in orca whales. It has mass amounts of great information, it's easy to read, there are great photographs, and the ID catalogue of orcas is nothing but the best. This book is a must have for any whale-lover, researcher, or someone with just a general interest.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful refrenece book 27 Aug 2001
By jAlexander Designs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just returned from a kayaking trip in the Johnston Straight just East of North Vancouver Island known as the inside passage. We had first hand views of the Orcas. This book was used as a reference manual to identify some of the whales. It has wonderful reference pictures of the known pods (families) in the area. It goes into great detail on their eating habits, language, and family history. It also explains their social behavior, and the differences between the pods. It is a wonderful book full of pictures, and details.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Orca Researcher's Bible 27 Mar 2002
By S Doyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
May I first say I have never encountered a better identification book then Killer Whales and Transients. Both books are written by THE wild orca authority in the Pacific Northwest. Catalouged pictures and organized information of each individual in every pod along the coast from WA to northern BC along with accurate info on feeding, behavioral and other habits of the pods in Puget Sound and British Columbia. Truly a great book, and as I plan on researching these animals in my adulthood, it has been a great boost to my knowledge on them.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
For anyone who loves whales. 7 Mar 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book, the second edition for Ellis, Balcomb and Ford, is a beautiful book for anyone interested in whales, their habitat and their behaviour. Focusing on the Orcas of the Pacific Northwest, this book details their lives from what they eat, to their social habits. It includes a wonderful photo chart of all the Northwest Orcas still alive when this book was published. It is a bit heavy reading, with many complex scientific terms. I would not reccommend for children, but if you know anyone with a facination with whales, this book will it into an obsession.
A well-deserved second edition to an essential work 17 Sep 2014
By KDeRoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Killer Whales (2000), written by killer whale experts John Ford, Graeme Ellis, and Ken Balcomb, provides an overview of the three "eco-types" of killer whales in the Pacific Northwest: the offshore, transient (mammal-eating), and resident (fish-eating) populations, with a focus on the latter type - transients are covered in the companion book Transients (1999), by the first two authors of this book. The book is divided into five chapters which describe the various differences between the three populations (e.g. appearance, diet, social structure, dialects, and occurrence), detail the social structure of resident orcas (from matrilines to communities), tell you where you can see killer whales, presents a photographic catalogue of resident killer whales to allow you to individually identify them in the field, and finally covers conservation concerns (including the availability of food, pollutants, and vessel disturbance) and their future prospects. "Sidebars" or interludes cover such topics as telling apart the three eco-types, how to differentiate males from females, and genetics. The book includes a number of (mainly) black-and-white photographs, several maps, a glossary, and a bibliography. Along with Transients (1999), this work offers a great resource for those wishing to learn more about killer whales in the Pacific Northwest.
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