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Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises [Flexibound]

Mark Carwardine , Martin Camm
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

May 15, 2002

Authoritative text, detailed illustrations, and a systematic approach make DK's Smithsonian Handbook of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises the most comprehensive and concise pocket guide to cetaceans. With more than 900 illustrations, this visual recognition guide is designed to make identification as simple and accurate as possible.

This book is one of a series covering plants, animals, and other natural phenomena from around the world and is published in association with the Smithsonian Institution.


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About the Author

Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, writer, photographer, consultant, and broadcaster with a special interest in marine wildlife. He has written more than 40 books and has hosted natural history programs on BBC Radio.

Martin Camm is a gifted natural history artist who specializes in studying each species in its native environment.


Product Details

  • Flexibound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DK (May 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789489902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789489906
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The field bible on marine mammals July 2, 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is universally recognised in the whale conservation world as the best of all field guides to whales, dolphins and porpoises. It has no peer for accuracy of information, and the drawings of species are the most reliable you can find. The organisation I am with, the Whale and Seal Foundation, gives a copy to every student in our marine mammal rescue workshop where we train government agencies and carer groups in whale rescue including species identification.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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This book is breathtaking. I had no idea there were 80 or more species of Cetaceans! While I may never have the opportunity to see any of these wonderful animals alive except in captivity, this book is a wonderful addition to my nature reference library. It is fascinating to read, and even scientists have not seen all of these cetaceans alive (some have been named by skeletal remains), or if they have reported seeing them alive, have possible doubts about the exact species observed. I will read this book over and over just because it is so fascinating. Beautifully illustrated, including maps of the individual species ranges. It also has an exact format, page to page, with clear, concise identification keys. Population numbers are shown where known, threats, habits, diet and habitat are also in a keyed format for each species represented. A wonderful book for anyone nature lovers, and especially good for children because so much information is provided about dwindling populations due to various types of assaults made on either the animals or their habitats by people. Even children who may not be able to clearly understand all of the text will find the pictures and the text that they can understand to be very enjoyable and educational. It is a book that most anyone will reach for again and again through the years!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value field guide. September 13, 2013
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This is a great introduction for anyone developing an interest in watching cetaceans. It's packed with all kinds of useful information. The illustrations are tweaked for maximum identification usefulness and each species account-complete with tips on typical behaviours and habits- is accompanied by handy range maps.

Considering this was first published 18 years ago, it would be nice if they could produce an updated version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for sailors to take on board December 9, 2013
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We used this book when crossing the Atlantic and Pacific oceans aboard our sailboat and found it to be an excellent resource. We were able to make identifications quickly and easily on the basis of this guide and learn all the basics about each dolphin or whale along the way. It was also useful in home schooling our elementary aged son. This book is excellent for sailors because it is compact yet packed with information.
- Nadine Slavinski, author of Lesson Plans Ahoy (Second Edition): Hands-On Learning for Sailing Children and Home Schooling Sailors and Lesson Plans To Go: Hands-on Learning for Active and Home Schooling Families
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from Carwardine December 27, 2000
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The amount of information packed into such a compact format is just amazing. There are chapters on whale biology, evolution, species identification (all 81 species listed) and even a mini guide to whale and dolphin watching around the globe! This is the book I carry with me whenever I go on a field trip (other than the DK guidebook which is not nearly as portable). Its small size means that it fits snugly in my cargo pockets. You might also like to know that this book features information found in DK's "Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises" and Nature Company's "Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises" guidebooks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandma October 22, 2014
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This book was fun because my grandson loves studing all types of animals. It allows him a wide range of water creatures to study. He thinks that sharks are not bad all the time. These type books help him understand that whales, dolphins, and porpoises are less bad to people than sharks. The problem is there are fish eaters and mammal eaters. It is best to understand what makes each type the way they are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice, but somewhat dated June 2, 2015
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Of the DK handbooks I've purchased, this is probably my favorite, and I plan on bringing it along when I go on my first whale watch in August. The illustrations by Martin Camm are exceptionally nice, the text is informative and concise, and each of the two- and four-page spreads are very logically laid out. There isn't much here about cetacean anatomy or evolution, but this is a very useful book for anyone interested in whale watching or identifying cetaceans. Each species receives information on their behavior, distribution, identification features, diet, main threats, group size, and weight, along with closeups of their flukes, flippers, and teeth or baleen.

As nice as it, this book could use a bit of an update. It was originally published in 1995, and although the 2002 edition includes updated population figures, it still reflects the state of cetacean taxonomy as it was in 1995. Species such as Omura's Whale, the Guiana Dolphin, and the Araguaian River Dolphin are obviously not included, and the Minke Whale and Bottlenose Dolphin are both presented as being single species. Very nicely done, but be careful when using it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Most of the information you need for ... April 19, 2015
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Great book. Most of the information you need for whale watching and reports on whales and dolphins. I am a naturalist and I use it to show whale watchers, what they can see from whale watching boats. I also give lectures in schools and I pass this book around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very detailed and beautifully illustrated.
Published 2 months ago by Pixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice little book tells you a lot about each mammal
Published 4 months ago by Karen M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Very good with a lot of information
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I minor detail I was disappointed with, is that there is no IUCN tag...
It's a neat little handbook. Basics of every species, everything is there. Though, I minor detail I was disappointed with, is that there is no IUCN tag about conservation statuses... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice for trips, lots of detail.
Published 8 months ago by Lynda Kistler
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great to see him reading it and learning about nature
My grandson loves this book. It's great to see him reading it and learning about nature.
Published 9 months ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
as described and reasonable shipping time
Published 13 months ago by robert bosserdet
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this book
We love this book. We got it for my son, who is really into whales. Tons of information, great illustrations, a terrific find!
Published 15 months ago by ChristianH
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cetacean guides you can buy!
This is a fantastic book! I love it as much as my Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals! The information is comprehensive and it has great photos and illustrations. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sarah J
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Added this great book to our beach Condo rental. Great value
Published 18 months ago by Paul McGowan
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