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Whales, dolphins & porpoises
Carwardine, Mark.
Publication Information:
Alexandria, Va. : Nature Company : Time-Life Books, [1998]

Physical Description:
288 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm.
General Note:
"A Weldon Owen production"--T.p. verso.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 10.0 16.0 40231.
Subject Term:
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QL737.C4 W4417 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.C4 W4417 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.C4 W4417 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
QL737.C4 W4417 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.C4 W4417 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL737.C4 W4417 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Authoritative, lavishly photographed and illustrated guides to the wonders of the natural world around us. Clear, accessible format, charts, diagrams, field tips, practical pointers, and historical profiles.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The Eyewitness Handbooks series, so popular with young readers, is now producing illustration-packed books for adults. In this guide to whales, dolphins, and porpoises, arranged by family orders, Carwardine explains that new species of these elusive creatures are still being discovered. The book's description of 79 species is based upon the author's and illustrator's own observations and the works of many other specialists. General information on diet, habitat, anatomy, behavior, and conservation prefaces the specific descriptions. For the casual whale watcher or earnest conservation buff, here is an invaluable guide. Glossary and association addresses included. --Denise Perry Donavin

Library Journal Review

The publisher calls this a pocket guide to cetaceans, and that's a fair description. Arranged by families, then alphabetically by species, the book compresses much information onto each page. In addition to identification tips such as fin placement, coloring, a size scale, and the like, behavior notes and range maps are provided. Brief introductory materials include a cetacean overview, anatomy, behavior, conservation, and whale-watching advice. While this book contains good facts, its practical use as a field guide may be limited. The identification key illustrations for the smaller whales and dolphins are so small that they are not very useful. Comparisons of animals likely to be seen together would have been helpful. Those academic or public libraries wanting a compact encyclopedia with good concise information should consider purchase. Those needing a field guide may find this tool limited.‘Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

As an identification handbook, this is truly an outstanding instrument for the recognition and determination of species of cetaceans. Based on the principles of identification made easy, it is a very useful resource for rapid identification of the known global species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. In an introductory section, Carwardine provides brief information on cetaceans: their anatomy, behavior, conservation, stranding, and where to locate and how to study them. An identification key follows, based mostly on total length and the presence or absence of a beak. The cetaceans are then grouped into categories (e.g., right whales, rorqual whales, blackfish). Each species is given two-page coverage, including a whole-animal photograph, specific photographs of flukes and dorsal fins, drawings of teeth, a distributional map, identification checklist, and brief narratives of general description and behavior. A color-coded band provides taxonomic information and some essential ecological data. The clear and very informative illustrations, glossary, and index contribute to its usefulness. Recommended. All levels. P. E. Lutz; University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Table of Contents

What Is a Whale?p. 4
Keeping Trackp. 8
Inside and Outp. 10
Down in Onep. 12
The Feeding Groundp. 14
Harmless Killersp. 16
Dive, Dive, Divep. 18
Personal Appearancep. 22
Circus of the Seasp. 24
Moving Aboutp. 26
Living Togetherp. 28
A Fencing Matchp. 30
Early Daysp. 32
Attack and Defensep. 36
Growing Upp. 38
At Playp. 40
Porpoisesp. 42
River Lifep. 44
Sounds of the Seap. 46
Breachingp. 48
Record-Breakersp. 50
High-Speed Chasep. 52
Rescuep. 54
Beaked Whalesp. 56
Save the Whale!p. 58
Story of a Whalep. 62
Indexp. 64