on 7 May 2008
Dylan Walker has become well known as the co-author of the popular "Whales and Dolphins of the European Atlantic" (ISBN: 1903657008), a photographic guide to European Atlantic Cetaceans and a corresponding guide to the American Pacific cetaceans (ISBN: 1903657059). In this guide, he and co-author Alex Wilson focus on the British species to produce a guide to all our regularly seen species of whales, dolphins and porpoises combined with a directory of whale-watching resources.
After an introduction and some tips on how to observe these marine mammals, the first section is a field guide. It provides information on identification, behaviour, distribution and habitat as well as recommendations on the best places to encounter each species. The facing page presents a series of photographs illustrating each species as it is seen in real life.
The remaining 45 pages are a critical compilation of whale-watching venues and tours throughout Britain. Each site or boat trip is carefully evaluated, likely species are noted and there are details of cost, season and, of course, contact details. There is a final note on how to watch these animals responsibly - without endangering them.
This book should do much to promote whale-watching, perhaps helping to put it on a similar footing to birding. Anyone with an interest in these creatures, or indeed anyone searching for an unusual wildlife holiday will want to get hold of a copy.
Chris Sharpe, 7 May 2008. ISBN: 0955614406
on 9 October 2009
I bought this book in addtion to 2 others, as I was going to Hamanus S Africa, to watch the whales, and thought this would be an interesting addition, to the other 2. it would also give me an insight to places much closer to home (and a lot cheaper) to watch whales. I found it very informative on places I didnt realise you could see a variety of different whales, I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in these magnifcent mammals.