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Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises (Little Guides) Paperback – 1 Mar 2000

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1875137807
  • ISBN-13: 978-1875137800
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 10.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,472,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What an education this book is! We got this for our son's fourth birthday and he's enthralled by the pictures and the format, which is easy to understand. The book is 'really' for adults, but the layout makes it easy for children to learn a lot without being able to read. The pictures are excellent, and the size comparisons and maps and so on are a great guide for beginners. We're thrilled with this. Arrived safely in the post in plenty of thime for the birthday.
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An excellent little book packed full of information and well illustrated . Easy to carry about if you are an active follower of the various species . Upto DK's usual meticulous standards .
I recommend it as a useful addition to any bookshelf .
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By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Any person who purchases a coffee table book of this size should expect to pay a fair price for the product. In return for that payment, they have every right to expect a fully detailed account of the Whale and its smaller cousins. With this product, that is exactly what they get.

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.

NM
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We bought this book because we thought it was an update on the one we purchased in the US published in 2005. Amazon gave the publication date of this book as 2010. Wrong - it was published in 2002. So we bought a book that preceded the one we already had by three years. That's not good! So-- is there a post 2005 edition? We have quizzed Amazon but have received no reply.Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises (DK Handbooks)
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This is a brilliant guide and beautifully illustrated and displayed. My copy (2000) has withstood many years of use and in my opinion is still one of the best books like this on the market. However, FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY OWN A COPY and looking to purchase this new edition (July 2010) for updates / new knowledge on cetaceans and species within this incredible group of animals (10 years later) - it is not a new edition - it is a reprint with a different ISBN! Oh well, two copies now, with different front covers! Taken up with publishers who are investigating. Perhaps a newer edition to be published in the near future.
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Quite a good book but a lot about identifying different types. I was looking for more information about each species. Maybe not the right choice for what I wanted but never the less a good read. I really wanted to find out a bit more about their life cycle , sleep patterns and where they go each day so we could get more knowledge about the local dolphins which frequent the sea beside our home.
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Very educational for my course of Marine Science, came in handy more than once for some assignments. Will read again and will take it with me throughout my career.
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Intending to go whale-watching for the first time, this was one of two books I looked at. (The other was "Whales, Dolphins and Seals" by Hadoram Shirihai: see separate review.)

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.
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