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Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises Hardcover – 30 Oct 2017
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Whales, dolphins, and porpoises make up the class of social mammals known as cetaceans. Hoyt (research fellow, Whale and Dolphin Conservation; Creatures of the Deep) draws on more than 40 years of scientific interactions with these intelligent and fascinating creatures. Stunning images from principal photographer Brandon Cole and others, along with depictions by marine mammal illustrator Uko Gorter, enliven the text. Hoyt writes movingly on life cycles, the future for these animals, and how readers can get involved in protecting them. For patrons of all ages.-- (11/16/2017)
Marine researcher and conservationist Hoyt (Weird Sea Creatures, 2013) introduces readers to the field of cetaceans with this eye-catching and appealing work. Beginning with an overview of the intertwined history of whales and humans, the book's following sections provide context on methods of research at sea and an introduction to the basic biology (anatomy, migration, social behavior, and more) of cetaceans. Thought-provoking questions peppered throughout the text on topics such as invasive research tools and recent whale strandings will help to keep the reader engaged. There are complete chapters devoted to baleen whales, toothed whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The appendix comprises approximately a quarter of the book's content, with profiles of 90 recognized species of cetaceans, including information on their length, weight, habitat and range, diet, social notes, and conservation status. The attractive layout features dazzling photos on almost every page spread. The book concludes with a list of ways individuals can get involved as citizen scientists, in addition to a list of sources and resources and an index. An accessible volume for school and public libraries.-- (12/12/2017)
Despite its name, the Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is no dry, encyclopedic tome. Instead, Erich Hoyt's 300-page labor of love for all things cetacean focuses on stories of more than 90 species of wild whales, dolphins, and porpoises, with over 300 photographs and illustrations. Hoyt draws on his decades of experience studying and writing about cetaceans, and has created an excellent up-to-date resource with the latest insights into our understanding of cetaceans.-- (01/05/2018)
Required reading... In the beautifully illustrated Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, award-winning author and whale researcher Erich Hoyt takes readers into the field for an intimate encounter with the roughly 90 species of cetaceans that live in the world's oceans. Drawing on a comprehensive familiarity with the current revolution in cetacean studies, Hoyt provides unique insights into the life histories of these compelling marine mammals. His impassioned argument for the ongoing need for international protection of at-risk populations and their increasingly damaged habitat is impossible to ignore.-- (08/01/2017)
Whale researcher Hoyt (Creatures of the Deep) provides readers with a vivid and informative introduction to the big splashy world of cetaceans. The encyclopedia highlights intriguing cetacean details, such as anatomical and behavioral differences between species... The author examines the controversy regarding the slaughter of some whale species to near extinction and the growth of the international conservation movement over the past 50 years. Hoyt persuasively argues that there is an urgent need to globally protect whales and their environment. The encyclopedia also has lots of information about dolphins and porpoises, including fun photos of dolphins with their classic, human-like smiles. The final chapter includes illustrations and fact boxes for all 90 cetaceans. There is enough scientific detail to make this an excellent reference book, and the beautiful color photos will also give it plenty of appeal for casual readers.-- (12/04/2017)
Best Reference Titles of 2017 List--Library Journal (02/28/2018)
The photographs are remarkable in their clarity, offering striking depictions of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in their natural habitats. Particularly arresting are the underwater photographs; these provide a perspective that few humans will ever see. These photographs seem powerful enough to imbue readers with an affinity for these animals that good drawings and interesting anecdotes cannot... Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers.-- (06/01/2018)
An interesting and beautiful global overview of cetaceans. Part pictorial guide, part research over-view, part coffee table book, and part call to action, and brimming with incredibly beautiful photographs showing cetaceans in action, this book will appeal to many readers in its attractive, easy-to-read format... This book is very ambitious in its scope and meets many of its objectives. Comprehensive, colourful, and full of interesting facts, it does an excellent job of showing the diversity of cetaceans around the world and raising awareness of conservation challenges and concerns for their future... An excellent addition to your natural history and conservation library.-- (10/01/2017)
About the Author
Erich Hoyt is the author of 22 books for adults and children, including 'Creatures of the Deep' and 'Orca: The Whale Called Killer'. His scientific work on killer whales, Baird's beaked whales and humpback whales is based in the Russian Far East. His work as Research Fellow for Whale and Dolphin Conservation has contributed to the designation of large marine protected areas in the ocean. In 2013, Hoyt received the Mandy McMath Conservation Award from the European Cetacean Society for his body of work on marine conservation. He currently lives and works in Bridport, Dorset.
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It's special for me to share this book with them. I've been a fan of Hoyt's work since I was almost a child myself and found a copy of 'Orca' in the village library, and he's at least partly to blame for my own cetacean obsession. The vivid descriptions of playing music with killer whales have stayed with me ever since, set me dreaming...
Hoyt's clear, engaging writing has taken me on many astonishing journeys - to the complex society of ants in the rainforest, to the bizarre creatures of the deep oceans and to encounters with whales and dolphins throughout the world. For Erich has spent his working life immersed in the world of whales and this book brings together the wealth of knowledge, experience and wisdom he has gathered in his travels.
It covers human-whale relationships, from Aristotle's observations through the whaling days to the recent 'revolution' in research, in which he's played an integral part. He then takes us through the basics of whale biology, before introducing all 90 known species.
It's incredibly comprehensive, and I guess that's what an encyclopedia is, but to me the word doesn't do justice to the richness of the narrative. There's a story here, of the relationship between people and whales - one of the most beguiling and critical stories still unfolding on this blue planet. It's shot through with personal experience, and we're introduced to individual characters, both human and cetacean.
This book will be an invaluable resource and up-to-date reference for anyone working in wildlife issues, and a treasured source of information and inspiration for the whole family. It's set us all dreaming...