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Whales & Dolphins of the European Atlantic (2nd Edition) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Dylan Walker
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Book Description

21 July 2011

Fully updated, with new images, revised artwork, and the latest distribution data, this comprehensive photographic guide to whales, dolphins, and porpoises now covers coastal southwest Ireland and the Celtic Sea as well as the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. Designed for easy use at sea or when watching from land, it covers all 18 regularly seen species and the 13 rarities that have also been recorded. It includes details of status and behavior, as well as introductory sessions to help you get the most from your whale watching in the region.

  • An introduction to cetaceans, the region, and information to help you get the most from your whale-watching experience
  • Illustrated profiles of the 18 regularly occurring and 13 rare cetaceans of the region
  • Annotated surfacing sequence illustrations and scaled comparison charts
  • Superb photographs and illustrations showing the key features and highlighting comparisons between similar species
  • Distribution maps based on the latest information
  • Charts showing the best times of year to observe each species
  • Full description of typical behavior and facets leading to identification
  • Pocket-sized for convenient use on board or on land-based observatories

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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2nd edition, Fully Updated edition (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903657318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903657317
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 21.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[T]his is a very useful book. . . . It will definitely accompany me on my next sea-trip."--Mammal Society

About the Author

Dylan Walker and Graeme Cresswell are coauthors of several books, most recently the WILDGuides title "Whales and Dolphins of the North American Pacific" (with Todd Pusser). Walker is a leading authority on the whales and dolphins of the European Atlantic. The first person to run whale-watching tours in the Bay of Biscay, he has now crossed Biscay and the English Channel more than 200 times. An accomplished author, photographer, and tour guide, Walker now works for whale and dolphin conservation charity ORCA, and co-owns ethical ecotourism business Planet Whale. Cresswell, an accomplished marine mammal writer and photographer, has traveled extensively throughout the North Atlantic and North Pacific, where he has now photographed more than thirty species of cetacean. His articles and images have been widely published in magazines and newspapers, scientific journals, and books. He is a founding member of ORCA.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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For several years now, WILDguides have been setting the standard for small, handy field guides that focus mainly on the identification of neglected groups of wildlife. Their approach is characterised by portability, the emphasis on visual utility (the use of computer enhanced photographs) and a significant contribution to conservation. The latter is achieved in two ways: firstly by getting these guides into the hands of the public at very competitive prices (WILDguides is a non-profit publisher) and secondly by donating all profits to conservation organisations that work on the area or organisms treated by each guide.

In 2001, the authors produced the first comprehensive guide to the Whales and Dolphins of the European Atlantic (Ocean Guides). By making use of computer enhanced photographs - which combine the advantage of a photograph as an accurate record of an individual with the artist's ability to stress those features that are representative of the species - they created an impressive new tool for cetacean identification.

This current volume is a second edition. It describes all 31 species of cetacean recorded in the Bay of Biscay, English Channel, Celtic Sea and coastal SW Ireland. In a pocket-sized, 88 page, full-colour photographic guide you have all you need to identify whales and dolphins off the shores of the Cornish coast, on the ferry passage to France or Spain, or on a trip to the Hebrides. Improvements over the first edition include:-

landscape (rather than portrait) format - which better allows the observer to keep the guide open in one hand, while holding a pair of binoculars (or a beverage!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneering guide to European cetaceans 15 Nov 2005
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The authors have produced the first comprehensive guide to the whales, dolphins and porpoises of the English Channel and Bay of Biscay, i.e. the European Atlantic. By making use of computer enhanced photographs, which combine the advantage of a photograph as an accurate record of an individual, with the artist's ability to stress those features that are representative of the species, they have created a new tool for cetacean identification. And because many cetaceans are found beyond the area covered, this book will come in handy outside Europe too. In a pocket-sized, 56 page, full-colour photographic guide you have all you need to identify whales and dolphins in Europe - be it off the shores of the British coast, or on the ferry passage to France or Spain, or on a trip to the Hebrides.
Since WILDGuides are a non-profit organisation which supports conservation throughout the world (in this case, profits go to the UK's Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society), you are helping efforts to ensure the survival of these animals for others to enjoy tomorrow. Check out WILDGuides other titles, all of which share the enhanced photography approach.
Highly recommended for experts and amateurs alike!
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly useful 21 Jun 2010
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very well illustrated with comparisons of similar species that may get confused. clear descriptions, maps and well documented for the time of the year it is possible to see them. well worth buying
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