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The Sierra Club Handbook of Whales and Dolphins Paperback – August 12, 1983


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books (August 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871563401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871563408
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,005,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bothellbuyer on February 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Not a particularly good field guide, as all cetacean genera and species are covered. I grab this book quite frequently when refreshing my mind on the distribution and distinguishing characteristics of a cetacean outside my field of expertise. For those interested in even more meaty fare, pick up Richard Ellis' 'The Book of Whales' and 'Dolphins and Porpoises'. Both books are must have additions to the serious cetologist's book shelf. My field guide of choice for North Pacific field study: Leatherwood et. al. 'Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Eastern North Pacific and Adjacent Arctic Waters: A guide to their Identification'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Holyoak on May 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This handbook literally covers the globe in terms of this group. Since there are relatively few living species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises a single handbook can cover them all, and I believe that this one does.
There is a map of the world in the book that divides the oceans into 8 zones for convenience in discussing geographic ranges of the animals covered in the text.
The book includes overview material on the ecology and natural history of these animals in general. It also has a section dedicated to each individual species. Each species section includes an extremely nice painting of the animal, BW photographs, a narative description of the animal, and information on the animal's range, behavior, natural history, and conservation status.
Overall an excellent handbook on the cetacea.
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