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Whales Dolphins and Porpoises (DK Handbooks) Paperback – March 15, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: DK Handbooks
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT; Flexi edition (March 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564586200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564586209
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

The publisher calls this a pocket guide to cetaceans, and that's a fair description. Arranged by families, then alphabetically by species, the book compresses much information onto each page. In addition to identification tips such as fin placement, coloring, a size scale, and the like, behavior notes and range maps are provided. Brief introductory materials include a cetacean overview, anatomy, behavior, conservation, and whale-watching advice. While this book contains good facts, its practical use as a field guide may be limited. The identification key illustrations for the smaller whales and dolphins are so small that they are not very useful. Comparisons of animals likely to be seen together would have been helpful. Those academic or public libraries wanting a compact encyclopedia with good concise information should consider purchase. Those needing a field guide may find this tool limited.?Nancy Moeckel, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

The Eyewitness Handbooks series, so popular with young readers, is now producing illustration-packed books for adults. In this guide to whales, dolphins, and porpoises, arranged by family orders, Carwardine explains that new species of these elusive creatures are still being discovered. The book's description of 79 species is based upon the author's and illustrator's own observations and the works of many other specialists. General information on diet, habitat, anatomy, behavior, and conservation prefaces the specific descriptions. For the casual whale watcher or earnest conservation buff, here is an invaluable guide. Glossary and association addresses included. Denise Perry Donavin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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My love for whales dolphins and porpoises spans over 5 decades.
Peppercorn
The book is well organized for quick reference and beautifully illustrated to aid in species identification in the field.
R. J. Marsella
This is the one cetacean field guide I recommend to trip participants.
Paul A. Guris

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Travis Cottreau on December 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you want detailed information on whales, dolphins and porpoises layed out in a consistant, logical way with beautifully drawn, color images, this is the book for you.
Some of the detailed information includes maps of where the animals typically range, a profile of their dive sequences for whale watchers and a comparison profile against a 6ft tall man. This is for each and every animal in the book and only part of the information included.
This is a real gift to whale lovers and whale watchers everywhere. I can't really see anyone being dissapointed in a purchase of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1997
Format: Paperback
If you want to know anything about whales, dolphins or even porpoises get this book. It has all the information from an ID Checklist (to ID the animals in the wild) to information about it's diet. YOu can find anything in this book. Great for anyone!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Guris on January 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
I lead about a dozen pelagic (offshore) birding boat trips each year off the east coast of the U.S. In the process, I became very interested in identifying the whales and dolphins we were seeing. As a result, I needed to find a decent field guide.
This book is the best field guide to cetaceans that I've seen yet. It does an excellent job of presenting known identification criteria as well as pitfalls. The pictures, measurements, and dive sequences provide a quick reference. The more in-depth text provides the further details needed to confirm an ID or sometimes to explain why your view of a specific animal keeps you from making a positive ID.
This is the one cetacean field guide I recommend to trip participants.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda J Gettmann on April 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
This Eyewitness Handbook on whales, dolphins, and porpoises was extremely valuable during my recent trip to Baja Mexico to whale watch in the Sea of Cortez. The book provides a wealth of information on each species with specific descriptions and illustrations that are right on. We had two naturalists on board and they love the book too, so it's worthwhile no matter what your level of cetacean knowledge.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book clearly deserves more than five stars for the great joy it will make available to you in the future by encouraging you to do more cetacean watching.
One of my pleasures is planning and taking trips to the various whale, dolphin, and porpoise rich areas in the world. When there, I spend as much time as possible on the water enjoying the views. I was particularly delighted to see that this book opens the doors to locales that I did not know about. As a result, I now have three times as many places to visit as I thought I did. Having seen the unusual species that I have missed, I now see the world much differently. That's a great gift to receive from a field guide.
Most people are unaware of the fascinating and beautiful mammal life in the oceans and rivers (yes, some dolphins live in rivers) around them. Although I live near one of the world's best cetacean watching areas, I would estimate that fewer than five percent of the people I meet have ever gone to observe the wonderful sights that are just a few minutes offshore. This guide can help change all that.
With a heightened sense of our aquatic co-species, I think that all people will have more respect for them and interest in preserving their habitats and populations.
Many people have a chance to go boating on the ocean, and see something that interests them. What is it? How should they approach it? I hope that all ocean-going boaters will buy a copy of this book to address those questions.
This is a beautiful book to hold and behold. The drawings are luscious in their subtlety of color and shape.
As a way to identify cetaceans, I cannot imagine a handbook that could be any better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
This durably jacketed guide to all known cetaceans contains easy to use identification information and illustrations. This is THE take-along field guide to use if you are going whale watching or traveling anywhere you want to know about the whales, dolphins/ porpoises you are seeing, as well as some explanation of behaviors and how they live. We used it in Antarctica; it's field tested. José Kirchner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Marsella on April 9, 2002
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is extremely useful to both the general reader and to those with a serious interest in cetaceans. The book is well organized for quick reference and beautifully illustrated to aid in species identification in the field. Cetaceans are grouped by family and unique characteristics are clearly defined and illustrated. In addition the book is lightweight and easily carried on a boat trip. Highly recommended.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book if you want just a field guide with information on the different species of cetaceans. This would be a great book to take "whale watching".
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