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Whales and Dolphins of the World [Hardcover]

Mark Simmonds
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30 Nov 2004
Whales and dolphins (Cetaceans) have captivated and intrigued humankind for centuries. They are incredibly diverse and have evolved a fascinating range of specializations to allow them, despite being air-breathing mammals, to exploit habitats ranging from the surface waters to the abyssal depths. Whales and Dolphins of the World is a stunningly illustrated celebration of their variety - there are over 80 species - behaviour and natural history. It describes what we know of their lives such as feeding, reproduction, communication and social structures, and outlines the factors that affect them, from hunting to pollution. The strong relationship between our species and theirs is also considered, with a look at dolphin therapy, as are the pros and cons of whale- and dolphin-watching and what makes a good trip. A map of the world highlights the waters in which these mammals are found.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (30 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843306212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843306214
  • Product Dimensions: 32.6 x 25 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 480,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Simmonds is the Director of Science at WDCS. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 papers, articles and reports on wildlife conservation and marine issues, and was joint editor of The Conservation of Whale and Dolphins - Science and Practice, 1996 and an editor and author of Oceans of Noise, published 2003. Mark is based in the UK and lives in Bath. is the world's leading provider of images of sealife and world oceans. Founded in 1985, it now represents the work of more than 200 photographers, including many world-famous underwater photographers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding pictures and detail 25 April 2008
Whales and Dolphins of the World by Mark Simmonds has Outstanding pictures and details.
Its the sort of book you can read over and over again.
Very well put together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whales and Dolphn Book 18 Feb 2014
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Bought this from Amazon and have kept as a present for my mum bit later in the year.
I know she will like it as she loves dolphins. Truly a nice mammal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING 2 Nov 2013
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this is a book that's on my coffee table everyone who picks it up comments and wants to know more about cetaceans of course i then have to go on with my talk on captive cetaceans and why its wrong see i am doing it right now lol

lovely book total bargain if it had of been bought for me for a gift i would of been very very pleased
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By Gina
This is a great buy for anyone who is interested in whales and dolphins. The images are spectacular and it gives a complete overview of these incredible animals, including their the threats they face and what is needed to ensure their future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The World of Dolphins and Whales 13 Aug 2006
Whales And dolphins of the world is a very very imfomanative book. It might intrest people who like these animals. Children may learn more of whales and dolphins or may learn nothing! But best of all children would love this book!
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