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.
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.
Table of Contents
|How This Book Works||8|
|What Is a Cetacean?||10|
|Anatomy of a Cetacean||12|
|How Cetaceans Are Studied||18|
|Where to Watch Cetaceans||24|
|How to Watch Cetaceans||26|
|Families and Species||38|
|Right and Gray Whales||38|
|Narwhal and Beluga||90|
|Oceanic Dolphins With Prominent Beaks||160|
|Oceanic Dolphins Without Prominent Beaks||194|
|Useful Addresses and Acknowledgments||256|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Picked this up during a trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore earlier this month. This fully-illustrated recognition guide was surely not meant to be read from cover to cover, but that didn't stop me. I found it fascinating to read it straight through, comparing the appearance and behaviours of the different species of whales, dolphins and porpoises. I will probably rarely, if ever, use this book as it was intended to be used--in the field--but I think it would serve one well there. The illustrations are clear, and information identifying each animal is presented in quick-reference bars and labels as well as in paragraph form. A nicely organized, beautifully illustrated reference book for anyone interested in cetaceans.
A very, very informative book about all classifications of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Scale pictures show the size difference between different species, and every single species has a size scale comparing them to a human diver. Information about feeding habits, pod ranges, and so much more make this book the best guide I've ever seen on these animals.