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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new edition of the pioneering guide to European cetaceans, 15 Sep 2008
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Christopher J. Sharpe "Chris Sharpe" (Caracas, Venezuela) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Whales & Dolphins of the European Atlantic (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
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!) in the other

a gannet which provides scale for the photographs and illustrations

a detailed guide to whale-watching that includes a key to describing sea conditions

an introduction to cetacean families

larger, clearer maps

more photographs

This book highly recommended for anyone interested in marine mammals or European natural history. It is THE guide to identifying cetaceans - for amateurs and experts alike!

Check out WILDGuides other titles, all of which share the enhanced photography approach.

Chris Sharpe, 15 September 2008. ISBN: 1903657317
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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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Christopher J. Sharpe "Chris Sharpe" (Caracas, Venezuela) - See all my reviews
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly useful, 21 Jun 2010
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Ms. L. G. Kalinowski "LK" (cornwall) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Whales & Dolphins of the European Atlantic (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Is this for me?, 13 Jun 2010
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John H. Chapman (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Whales & Dolphins of the European Atlantic (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
I looked long and hard in bookshops for a book on Cetacean ID and failed to find anything of consequence. So I bought this one blind which is always a gamble.

Having used it to prepare for and use on a cruise across the Bay of Biscay recently I cannot recommend it highly enough as a pocket guide. It is one of those books that reveals more information as you learn what you to look for.

For example: tucked away almost out of sight in the fold is a surface and dive sequence which is perfect for ID if only to rule out what you didn't see. Also the tabulated Box with Length, Breach behaviour and Blow pattern is consistent across all species and makes for easy reference.

Almost certainly the best small book to buy for a beginner and the one that even the seasoned expert guides will produce when in doubt or to illustrate a point.

Very reasonably priced and 5 stars for sure.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good guide, 1 Nov 2012
This review is from: Whales & Dolphins of the European Atlantic (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
Clear, concise, relevant and interesting. A handy guide. Good pictures and very clear maps. Made the trip to santander interesting.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars handy field guide, 28 Mar 2010
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This is a very handy ID guide in a compact flip page format. Excellent while travelling, or for on board use on pelagic trips.
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