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Gray whales
Darling, James David, 1950-
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Publication Information:
Stillwater, MN : Voyageur Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
72 pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm.
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QL737.C425 D27 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This top-selling series introduces the wild creatures of the world and examines the natural world. Good general introductions for ages 10+, these volumes contain the knowledge, personal experiences, and research of leading naturalists and scientists, accompanied by stunning photography. Unless otherwise noted (*), all volumes are sturdy paperback.

Author Notes

Jim Darling has been watching and studying gray whales for more than twenty years.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Darling's book is extremely informative and easily outpaces comparable titles in its depth of scientific reportage. The conversational text covers physiology, habits, habitats, and, of course, migration. A section on gray whale/human interaction and a fact sheet are included. The book is graced with numerous large, full-color photos of these cetaceans plowing through the blue Pacific waters, following patterns of life that have been set in place for centuries. Less unique, but still interesting is the title on snakes. Rather than focusing on specific species, the readable text centers more on generalities: the branches of the snake family, general snake biology, the evolutionary adaptations these creatures have made to a vast variety of environments, and their diverse hunting techniques. There is a long section on snake/human relations over the ages and a table of snake families. The many crisp color photos are handsome indeed, showing these elusive reptiles in all their scaly magnificence. It's not a replacement for David Badger's even more attractive (and more species specific) Snakes (Voyageur, 1999) but it's certainly a worthy partner to it. Both books have a short list of recommended readings (all adult).-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.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Intertidal Whalesp. 13
Four Populationsp. 23
'So Constantly and Variously Pursued'p. 29
Desert Whalesp. 37
The Longest Migrationsp. 45
Summerp. 55
Gray Whales and Humansp. 63
Gray Whale Factsp. 71
Indexp. 72