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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
The National Audubon Society's Guide to Marine Mammals of the World contains a wealth of information about pinnipeds (seals and sea lions), cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), sirenians (manatees and dugongs), polar bears and otters that's timely and easy to digest. Descriptions, range, behavior, etc. of the various species are informative, with just enough detail for anyone short of a marine biology major.
Along with a number of excellent quality photographs, Pieter Folkens (from my hometown of Benicia, CA!) illustrations are superb. From Knopf, the same publishers of the Sibley Guide to Birds, the graphics and layout of this guide are similarly clean and very attractive. I think it's one of the best looking books of it's type, and an ideal introductory guide for anyone with an interest in marine mammals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I work on a small passenger ship, and we always keep a copy of this book on the bridge for mammal sightings. The photos are great, as are the overview charts showing comparative sizes. The descriptions of behavior give people some insight into the lives of these wonderful creatures.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2002
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Pieter Folkens illustrates Guide To Marine Mammals Of The World, a comprehensive desk reference which blends color photos and maps with realistic drawings of marine mammals. Paintings illustrate juvenile and subspecies, photos show typical behavior and appearance in the wild, and color range maps reflect the latest information, while chapters cover all the natural history basics. Guide To Marine Mammals Of The World promises to be a lasting, important library reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
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I know 2 more guides on this subject, and I have to say that this one is, by far, the best of all of them, with abundant scientific, accurate and reliable text and descriptions, lots of pictures and drawings, user friendly and easy to tote. I strongly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
Did you ever hear of a Dwarf Minke Whale? Well this book has it in it!For 320 full color photographs and fun facts,this is hands down a good book to make learning fun!For any ages!! A great book for a science project on Marine Mammals.

Parental comment. I picked this book up outa izzi's pile. Wow what an impressive comprehensive easily digested marine mammal book. Each animal consicely presented. Each beautifully illustrated. Each with it's own distribution migration map. Noting is left out. And it's not too too big, like these kinda books sometimes get.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Book has lots of information. No, it's packed with information. Has good illustrations of many marine mammals as well as a few good photographs of each animal. It is a real good field guide book with as I said, packed with lots of info for each animal. This book might however be a little hard to carry around if your going for whale or dolphin watching. It's a small size, but very thick and a little on the heavy side. About 1 1/2 inches thick. 528 pages. 6"X9" in size. It includes many whales, dolphins, sea lions, polar bears and otters. A heavy, thick but good book!

-Rehana (Chicago, IL)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2014
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Although now a bit outdated (it doesn't include recently described species and many of its population estimates are no longer useful), I still consider this among the very best guides on marine mammals out there. It's more of a natural history guide than simply an identification guide, providing sections on the polar bear, otters, pinnipeds, cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), and sirenians (manatees and the dugong). Each section is written by an expert in their field (Phillip Clapham on baleen whales, Randall Reeves on odontocetes or toothed whales, Brent Stewart on polar bears, otters, and pinnipeds, and James A. Powell on sirenians). Two to four pages cover each species and include an introduction (usually something about their taxonomic history); a description of their appearance; range and habitat; similar species they could be confused with; behavior, reproduction, and foraging; and status and conservation. They also include a painting by Pieter Folkens, while most of the better known species include photographs. The book also includes a page on marine mammal morphology and a very useful illustrated glossary. Anytime I go out to see whales I always grab this book. As I said above, as it deals more with natural history than identification, I wouldn't recommend it solely for identifying marine mammals. Though I do love Folkens' paintings (particularly his very accurate ones on baleen whales), those alone aren't very useful for telling apart very similar species or describing the variety of dorsal fin shapes or coloration a species can have. Despite its poor layout and tiny photos, the Princeton Field guide is probably a better pure identification guide, perhaps combined with the older Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the eastern North Pacific (1988). Despite this, it is still a great guide to have in your book collection. I can only hope they provide an updated reprint of this lovely work some time soon.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2005
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This books is very informational. I have gotten a lot of information from it and the pictures are fabulous! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Marine Mammals. My daughter wants to be a Marine Biologist/Marine Mammal Trainer and this book gave her all the right information at the right time.
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National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World (National Audubon Society Field Guide) - by Brent S. Stewart, Phillip J. Clapham, and James A. Powell

Guide to Marine Mammals of the World illustrated by Pieter Folkens et al is a National Audubon Society book organized into four major groups of marine mammals; marine fissipeds (polar bears and otters), pinnipeds (seals and walrus), cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises), and sirenians (dugongs, manatees). The introduction provides a general guide to marine mammals: their habitat, behavior, reproduction, and diet and conservation status. The individual articles are packed with facts about each species and the best ways to find and identify them in the wild.

There is fascinating detail as the book goes on to describe the world's whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions, manatees, marine and sea otters, and polar bears. Not only is there detailed descriptions, but there are maps to show where these animals live throughout the world. There is a general introduction that outlines the evolution and tanonomy of marine mammals, distribution, and migration, watching guidelines, identification techniques, organizations and laws that protect marine mammals.

There are 120 species of water-dwelling mammals catalogued in this handsome and informative field guide, the latest in the National Audubon Society's family of nature publications. Also, there are facts about social organization, surface behaviors, swimming and diving, details about food items and foraging techniques, and estimates of population in the wild, plus current and historic threats. Photographs, drawings and paintings combine with maps, charts and essays to provide not only data but also insight into the behavior of these highly evolved and specialized animals. Facts about social organization, surface behaviors, swimming, and diving. Information on mating behavior, breeding, and the rearing of young. Details about food items and foraging techniques.

If you are taking a trip to the coastlines or live near the oceans then don't be caught without this fine field guide. You will be amazed by the wildlife near the and in the ocean. This is a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated work. The maps show the reach of each type of animal while helping the reader to visualize its range and habitat. The articles also describe ways of identifying similar species whose ranges overlap. Among this guide's best features are the appendixes, which break down the species by region and offer a chart of species morphology and an illustrated glossary.

Don't leave home without it, as your trip will be richer and more fulfilling as you spot the animals listed. The book is sensibly arranged and easy to navigate, whether the reader is in an easy chair or on the open water. This book is ideal for students and amateur animal watchers. Written by a team of experts and featuring more than 320 illustrations, 418 photographs, and 123 maps, this new guide offers more authoritative, up-to-date, and accessible information than any book previously published on the subject. Full-color paintings, some depicting males and females, juveniles, subspecies, or special features. Color photographs showing appearance in the wild and illustrating typical behaviors. Life history data, including length and weight at various life stages, and life span.

Exquisitely detailed illustrations, stunning photographs, and clearly written text combine to make this an indispensable reference source for marine mammal watchers and anyone interested in the natural world.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2007
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This is the only book we use on the Monterey Peninsula to go out whale watching with. It identifies quickly and covers all the marine mammals. Perfect field guide.
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