Smithsonian Handbooks: Whales & Dolphins

Smithsonian Handbooks: Whales & Dolphins


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789489906
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 08/01/2002
Series: Smithsonian Handbooks Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 146,076
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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

Author's Introduction6
How This Book Works8
What Is a Cetacean?10
Anatomy of a Cetacean12
Cetacean Behavior14
How Cetaceans Are Studied18
Where to Watch Cetaceans24
How to Watch Cetaceans26
Identifying Cetaceans28
Identification Key29
Families and Species38
Right and Gray Whales38
Rorqual Whales54
Sperm Whales80
Narwhal and Beluga90
Beaked Whales100
Oceanic Dolphins With Prominent Beaks160
Oceanic Dolphins Without Prominent Beaks194
River Dolphins224
Further Reading255
Useful Addresses and Acknowledgments256

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Smithsonian Handbooks: Whales & Dolphins 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lycomayflower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Heather19 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.