Cover image for Whale
Papastavrou, Vassili.
Personal Author:
Revised American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dorling Kindersley, [2003]

Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Describes whales, dolphins, seals, and other marine mammals, their habitats, means of communication, and family life.
General Note:
Includes index.
Reading Level:
930 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.4 5 Quiz: 14590 Guided reading level: T.
Added Author:
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QL713.2 .P37 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Here is a spectacular and informative guide to whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees. Superb color photographs of dolphins, killer whales, walruses, and more offer a unique "eyewitness" view of these mysterious sea creatures - what they look like, how they behave, and their battle for survival. See the whiskers of a walrus, inside the mouth of a killer whale, dolphins at play, male elephant seals fighting, the way a blowhole works, a carved sperm whale's tooth, and a 19th-century blubber pot. Learn how deep a sperm whale can dive, how whales use bubbles to catch fish, why sea lions bark like dogs, what baleen is used for, and why killer whales come up on the beach. Discover how humpback whales communicate, why whales leap, the world's biggest baby, why the future of whales, seals, and dolphins is threatened, why whales migrate thousands of miles, and much, much more!

Table of Contents

Marine mammalsp. 6
Whale evolutionp. 8
Whales big and smallp. 10
Inside the whalep. 12
Seals and sea lionsp. 14
Suited to life in the seap. 16
Ocean giantsp. 20
Teeth for grasping...p. 22
...and baleen for filteringp. 24
Clicks, barks, and songsp. 26
Courtship and birthp. 28
Social lifep. 30
Dolphins and porpoisesp. 32
The killer whalep. 34
The amazing narwhalp. 36
The sperm whalep. 38
The elephant sealp. 40
I am the walrusp. 42
Sea cowsp. 44
Hunting the mighty whalep. 46
Whaling in the 20th centuryp. 48
Oils, brushes, and corsetsp. 50
Seal huntingp. 52
Myths and legendsp. 54
Strandings and whale watchingp. 56
Fishing and pollutionp. 58
Studying sea mammalsp. 60
Save the whale!p. 62
Indexp. 64