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Finding out about whales
Kelsey, Elin.
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Owl, [1998]

Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 27 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
1170 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.0 1.0 48834.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 6.8 4 Quiz: 28537 Guided reading level: NR.

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QL737.C4 K44 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Whales have fascinated us for centuries. These incredible creatures are respected for their size as well as their intelligence. But how do scientists and researchers study the elusive whale? Finding Out About Whales provides a dynamic look at what's happening right now in the remarkable undersea explorations. Learn about the special characteristics and explorations of Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Beluga Whales and Killer Whales.

About the series: In the Science Explorers series, young readers will be guided by real-life scientists and researchers to get a first hand look at cutting-edge research about some of the most legendary and mysterious animals in the world.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-8. The first book in the new Science Explorers series, which will investigate "how we know what we know" about animals, is a visual treat for browsers and budding marine biologists. Kelsey, who is a marine biologist, introduces five species of whales that scientists are currently studying: blue, humpback, gray, beluga, and killer. He focuses on a different species in each chapter, discussing current research and the methods and technology used to observe and gather data. The book is richly illustrated with color photographs, and additional factual information about the physical and behavioral characteristics of each species is presented in sidebars. Although there's good information here, students will still need to consult other sources if they want a complete picture. However, anyone who has ever asked why humpbacks blow bubbles or wondered how gray whales find their way will be fascinated by the remarkable work Kelsey describes. --Mary Romano Marks

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-How do scientists research whale behaviors and lifestyles, with their subjects leading mysterious lives shrouded by vast oceans, tremendous distances, and prodigious depths? Surely this question is asked by many a young researcher looking for information on one cetacean or another. Kelsey provides some answers by reporting on current investigations on five different whale species: studies conducted by marine biologists and other scientists working in the field and in controlled aquarium environments. The data they are compiling may settle some questions and will surely lead to others, creating a demand for further investigation and observation. Crisp, full-color photos add visual interest to the lively, informative text. While this slim book will not serve as a single source of information on whales, it will provide enlightenment on how some of the data in more comprehensive volumes was compiled, open a window into a little-reported area of scientific research, and perhaps set some young minds on the path of investigatory careers in the field of science.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.