Ultimate Guides - Whales and Dolphins: The Ultimate Guide to Marine Mammals (Nature Company Guides)

9780002201056: Ultimate Guides - Whales and Dolphins: The Ultimate Guide to Marine Mammals (Nature Company Guides)

Whales & Dolphins unlocks the myths surrounding these fascinating mammals, as well as exploring their environment and biology, and also gives advice on the best ways and places to see them.

Chapter One: Understanding whales and dolphins. An introduction to the habitat, myths and biology of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Chapter Two: Our relationship with whales and dolphins. Examines whales and dolphins in history, art and literature, the whaling industry, captivity and recent conservation issues.

Chapter Three: Biology of whales and dolphins. Information on evolution, breathing, life-cycle, illnesses, intelligence and communication.

Chapter Four: Behaviour and social life. Examines breeding, social networks, migration and strandings.

Chapter Five: In the field. The best ways to watch whales, dolphins and porpoises: preparation, safety and equipment.

Chapter Six: How to identify whales, dolphins and porpoises. Observation techniques and distinguishing features.

Chapter Seven: Where to see whales and dolphins. Details of sites around the world where different species of whale and dolphin can be observed.

Chapter Eight: Field guide. Approximately 70 species of whale, dolphin and porpoise are described and illustrated.

Packed with information, stunning illustrations and practical advice, this is the essential companion for anyone who is interested in finding out more about whales, dolphins and porpoises.

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• The essential guide for all those interested in whales, dolphins and porpoises
• Packed with facts, figures and practical information
• Lavishly illustrated with stunning, full-colour photographs
• Lists details of 30 of the best destinations for whale-watching around the world

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are astonishing in their diversity of shape and size and their range of behaviours. From the massive blue whale, which is larger than any dinosaur, to the relatively tiny, five-foot-long vaquita, each species has the ability to captivate the onlooker.

'Whales and Dolphins' reveals a world of complex adaptations and fascinating methods of social interaction Researchers studying these creatures that “sing”, whistle, groan, or chirp as they traverse vast expanses of ocean still have much to learn. But knowledge is constantly on the increase – knowledge we can all contribute to through observation and recording.

What do you need to look for to be able to correctly identify different species in the wild? What can we do to help whales when they strand? How do cetaceans fare in captivity? Featuring a wealth of beautiful photography and illustrations, this book answers these questions and many more. It brings together information on whale mythology, the checkered history of humans’ relationship with whales, and the latest findings of experts and amateur whale watchers. There is also a superb guide to 57 species of cetacean, including information on location, appearance, characteristic behaviour,and population status.

Whale-watching, whether it be from the shore or from the deck of a boat, is an activity that is drawing increasing numbers of enthusiastic participants. For those interested in going on a whale watching trip, 30 destinations around the world are spotlighted, with information on the time of year it is best to visit and the species likely to be encountered.

Saving the whale is an important imperative that continues to go unheeded in some parts of the world. 'Whales and Dolphins' introduces us to the world of these enigmatic, vulnerable creatures, and teaches us what we can do to help secure their future.

About the Author:

The panel of authors includes experts from around the world: Mark Carwardine, Erich Hoyt, R. Ewan Fordyce and Peter Gill.

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Published by Collins (1997)
ISBN 10: 0002201054 ISBN 13: 9780002201056
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