Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises (Little Guides) Paperback – 1 Mar 2000
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I recommend it as a useful addition to any bookshelf .
This book has it all – and a lot more besides. The book commences with the evolution of the Whale, different kinds of Whales, Baleen Whales, Toothed Whales and their distribution and ecology. It’s a great start – where even the expert will learn something. More importantly, the graphics are outstanding, the colour photographs are top notch and everything is written is a style which will appeal to expert and amateur alike.
Maintaining those same standards, the next section deals with anatomy, adaptation to the aquatic environment, senses, reproduction, behaviour and intelligence. Finally, in this most excellently crafted work, we find; Whales in art and literature, history of Whaling, Whales and Dolphins in captivity, human contact and strandings. Even the Appendices at the end make interesting reading.
For me, this book is likely to remain my preferred reference source on the subject and I can do no more than congratulate all those involved with the production of an excellent work.
Probably the only book on Whales most people will ever need.
This one has 256 pages, describes itself as a "practical field guide" and covers about 80 species of cetacean (whales, oceanic and river dolphins, and porpoises). The introduction defines cetaceans, describes their anatomy and behaviour, their conservation, how and where to watch them and how to identify them. There follows an "identification key" - 8 consecutive pages of all the featured creatures, drawn to the same scale - a very graphic way of covering the entire scope of the book, from the vaquita porpoise (1.2 metres) to the blue whale (30 metres). There is also a full alphabetical index at the back.
The main part of the book (212 pages) then covers the many species, section by section. Every species is given two (or sometimes four) complete pages, always starting on the left hand side, so you can often see all you need in a single glance. Each section has a full length colour illustration of the creature with bullet-pointed notes on its features plus an ID checklist. Other notes cover behaviour and where to look. Other illustrations show the shape of flukes and fins, teeth and baleen, and there are diagrams showing distinctive whale blow patterns. And lots more.
The book contains only a few photographs but Martin Camm's beautiful colour illustrations are detailed and plentiful. It weighs a not-too-unwieldy 440 grams and - a nice touch - has rounded outer corners.
It may not contain the sheer quantity of data that Mr Shirihai's book does but, for my own use at my present stage of knowledge, its relatively limited scope (whales, dolphins and porpoises only) and more attractive presentation are just the ticket. And I suspect that younger readers might also prefer it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good option for any new cetacean enthusiast. Pretty precise illustrations and comprenhensive information.Also good value for the price. I can unreservedly recommend it.Published on 13 Dec. 2013 by VICDOSMARES
This book is very good, i have used it on my whale watching trips & recommended it to other watchers.Published on 26 Aug. 2013 by Tugs2
This one is a really good book, containing probably all the marine mammals you are going to see if you are occupied in this field or even if you're just curious. Read morePublished on 5 Aug. 2012 by Jacopo
this book is totally amazing
it is full of imformation and pictures and great for projects
i brought this book for a project on whales and found it very helpfull... Read more