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The Wild Shores of Patagonia: The Valdes Peninsula & Punta Tombo Hardcover – October 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810943522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810943520
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,559,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neither an experienced author nor a photographer, Rossi discovered Patagonia while on short leave from her job with the European Parliament and promptly turned her fascination into a two-year encampment to prepare this book. About half the book is devoted to a detailed discussion of southern right whales, southern elephant seals, and killer whales (including their unique beach hunting methods). Less detail is given to South American sea lions and dusky and bottlenose dolphins. The author describes Magellanic penguins but provides limited information on 12 other kinds of birds, sometimes furnishing just one picture and caption per species. Rossi also discusses eight land animals in about 25 pages, giving short shrift to some unique creatures. Reader interest in this area may grow, since the United Nations has recently declared the Vald s Peninsula a World Heritage Site, and ecotourist visits are increasing. Although the photographs are merely average, this readable volume is recommended for large public libraries and academic environmental/life sciences collections.DNancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian Williamson on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Patagonia. The name always meant mystery and
romance to me: a remote, little-peopled area
south of civilization, beyond the reaches of
normal travel routes; a place where nature
still exists without statues and monuments
and histories of kings and great empires.
After reading Jasmine Rossi's picture book of
the area, the mystery of Patagonia has been
revealed, but the romance continues. My eyes
enjoyed a feast of nature as I made my way
through the book. I had difficulty reading
this straight through because I kept wanting
to shower my mind with the beauty and sheer
rawness of the photographs, and I kept
flipping through to discover what else
Ms. Rossi was witness to in the wild.
As hard as it was, I did read through the
book sequentially, and I appreciated how
well-organized the book turned out to
be. Each major creature had its own section,
starting with the peaceful, friendly southern
right whale, then the awesome and terrible
orca, then the seals and dolphins, penguins
and flight birds, and small land animals.
After each section I could close my eyes and
still see and understand these marvelous
animals. I could do this because Ms. Rossi
included not only understandable descriptions
but also descriptions of how she felt, for
example, when she first encountered a right
whale in the water, or when she tried to
photograph dusky dolphins.
Animals of the sea have always fascinated me,
but Ms. Rossi took me on a land trip and
showed me many other curious animals, some
familiar, like the skunk, but others
completely unknown until this book, like
Darwin's Rhea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Paris on August 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In most coffee table books about wildlife, the text serves a minor role compared to the photographs. Reading this book, I was delighted to find that Jasmine Rossi, a talented amateur with no previous books to her credit, actually wrote a fascinating set of portraits of the birds and mammals of the Valdes Peninsula and Punta del Tombo in the State of Chubut, Argentina.

As this area is now one of the major eco-tourist destinations in all of Latin America, this book was badly needed. Graham Harris's A GUIDE TO THE BIRDS AND MAMMALS OF COASTAL PATAGONIA is hard to find and is considerably more dry.

Although she skimps a bit on the bird life, Rossi wrote a wonderful chapter on the Magellanic Penguins which obviously owed a lot to close observation. Particularly affecting was the story of a penguin couple whom she names José and Maria who hatch two eggs. The chick born first grows more quickly and has better access to food, forcing his younger and smaller sibling to attempt to steal food from an adjoining couple, at which point the interloper is pecked to death by the offended mother.

Other particularly detailed chapters deal with the whales, sea lions, elephant seals, and orcas that make the peninsula their home. Also of interest is the last chapter, in which the author describes her experiences in the writing of this book.

This book provides not only a superb set of photographs of Patagonian wildlife, but vignettes on their behavior, breeding habits, enemies, and the toll, if any, that human tourism takes on the species.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is even remotely interested in the subject.
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I purchased for my father, who's going on a cruise around Cape Horn from Chile to Argentina. He gave it a big thumbs up. Excellent value!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Really nice. Wonderfull picture, interesting information mixed with personal experiencies from the author
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