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Whales and Dolphins of the North American Pacific: Including Seals and Other Marine Mammals [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Graeme Cresswell , Dylan Walker , Todd Pusser
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21 Jun 2007

This is the first comprehensive photographic guide to the marine mammals of the North American Pacific (from Baja California in Mexico to southeast Alaska), featuring stunning color photographs of all 39 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, as well as 6 species of seals and sea lions, and the sea otter.

  • Provides detailed information on all 39 species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, the 6 species of seals and sea lions, and the sea otter, focusing on identification, behavior, and distribution
  • Includes 45 remarkable color plates showing typical views of marine mammals as most people see them--from land or from a boat. These have been produced using the latest digital image technology, and include photographs of some species that have never before been published
  • Features a comprehensive section on behavior, packed with amazing photographs, which aims to help the reader get more out of their whale-watching experience than ever before
  • Also includes detailed sections on where, when, and how to go whale watching, and four accounts by leading experts of outstanding days on the water
  • Easy-to-use format helps whale-watchers identify any species they encounter, whether they are a beginner or an expert

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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (21 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903657059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903657058
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,528,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wonderful selection of color photos of the ever-interesting sea mammals. It's a quick identification manual that all our tourist whale watchers should have. A great chance to look at the creatures that abound in our local waters."--Ron MacIsaac, Lower Island News

"Filled with extensive information on each species' key identification features, behaviour and status . . . this comprehensive book is teeming with beautiful illustrations that capture the magic of these fascinating creatures."--Michelle LeBaron, Shared Vision Media

"This concise but comprehensive guide to marine mammals is packed with well-organised information, and lavishly illustrated with color photographs, charts and illustrations."--Diana Mumford, Wavelength Magazine

"This is a book you can use over and over again. . . . It was researched by passionate experts, photographed by gifted artists, and organised by a mastermind. . . . [I]ndispensable."--Catherin Dook, Boat Journal

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"This guide is the best possible tool to aid field identification for both a novice and a veteran whale watcher. . . . [It] therefore belongs in every wheelhouse, whether it be a vessel that looks for marine mammals or encounters them by chance; in the pack of every passenger on a whale watching boat or cruise ship; in the glove box of every car that rolls onto a ferry or drives along the coast; in every school library; and under the tree of every nature lover."--Bernardo Alps, President, Los Angeles Chapter, American Cetacean Society

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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Kite Country 23 Jan 2006
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Superb pictures and wonderful shots of Red Kite and Welsh birdlife.
Excellent in hardcover, lovely colour photos.
Very enjoyable coffee-table book.
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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.

Following on from the similar "Whales and Dolphins of the European Atlantic" (ISBN: 1903657008), this is the latest addition to the WILDGuides series and it immediately becomes the standard field guide to sea mammals of the northern Pacific from Baja California to south-east Alaska. It will be handy for any marine excursion, whether it be whale-watching in the Sea of Cortez, a pelagic trip off the California coast or an Alaskan cruise. The key to the guide's utility is the use of digitally-enhanced photographs that show cetaceans as the observer encounters them. Thus there are comparative photographs of whale flukes, fins, blows and breaching, sequences of whales surfacing, and shots of the smaller species porpoising. In addition, there are full-body illustrations of all species and a concise, practical text to help clinch identification.

And since WILDGuides is a non-profit organisation that supports conservation throughout the world, you are helping ensure that the wildlife you enjoy today will still be there for others to enjoy tomorrow. In this case, profits from the book go to the American Cetacean Society.

This will definitely be along on my next trip to Alaska! Highly recommended for beginners and experts alike.

Chris Sharpe, 5 May 2008. ISBN: 1903657059
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