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Among the most celebrated creatures on earth are the 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. 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. The book is sensibly arranged and easy to navigate, whether the reader is in an easy chair or on the open water. The introduction provides a general guide to marine mammals: their habitat, behavior, reproduction, 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. The book is organized according to the four classifications of marine mammals: cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises); pinnipeds (seals and walrus); sirenians (dugongs, manatees); and polar bears and otters. The charts on each species specify size, weight and longevity. 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. This book is ideal for students and amateur animal watchers. Color illus. and paintings, maps.
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Adult/High School-Just about everything one could hope for in a guide can be found in this info-packed yet extremely user-friendly tome. Introductory pages cover the basics and more. The section "Watching Marine Mammals," which includes advice on what to bring along, proper etiquette, and what to do if a stranded animal is encountered, is particularly engrossing. Every group has its own overview with an illustrated spread showing relative sizes among species within it. Each species entry opens with a beautifully rendered color illustration accompanied by a brief list of key features to look for when trying to identify the animal. A neat little map indicates the mammal's range and is paired with a box containing vital statistics such as size, weight, and life span. A liberal dose of superb, high-quality action color photographs shows the creatures in their natural surroundings. Appendixes include a map that shows marine mammals by world region and a "Marine Mammal Morphology" with three line drawings indicating generic parts. While this book has obvious value as a research tool, students are sure to linger over the pages. An attractive presentation with satisfying content.
Sheila Shoup, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • Series: National Audubon Society Field Guides (Hardcover)
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (April 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375411410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375411410
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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This is my favorite book I have ever bought. Not only does it have Cetaceans (Whales & Dolphins) but also other Marine Mammals. The drawings were not too extremely reliable but it has real life photos too.
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This is the best marine mammal guide I've found. (and believe me, I'm always looking at marine mammal guides trying to find some good ones!) Over 500 pages dripping with information. It's a FANTASTIC reference guide and perfect for anyone who wants to learn about marine mammals. It has them all, from the well known sea otters and bottlenose dolphins to the rare and obscure vaquita porpoises and South Asian river dolphins. This book is great for many purposes, whether you want to learn about animals that are new to you, or ones you already know about.
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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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