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The magnificent blue whale, the tiny Chilean dolphin, the narwhal with its amazing twisted tusk -- these are just a few of the many species of sea mammals living in the ocean depths. Discover how these creatures feed, breathe, and make incredible migrations, inside the pages of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564586209
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 10/02/2000
Series: Eyewitness Handbooks Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 5.88(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

What Is a Whale?4
Keeping Track8
Inside and Out10
Down in One12
The Feeding Ground14
Harmless Killers16
Dive, Dive, Dive18
Personal Appearance22
Circus of the Seas24
Moving About26
Living Together28
A Fencing Match30
Early Days32
Attack and Defense36
Growing Up38
At Play40
River Life44
Sounds of the Sea46
High-Speed Chase52
Beaked Whales56
Save the Whale!58
Story of a Whale62

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Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Maggie_Rum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As a hopeful future marine biologist, the guide provides excellent information on most of the world's cetaceans. Perfect!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. The book is filled with dozens of clues for each type from length, shape, coloration, presence of typical parasites, behavior, breathing patterns, and other physical characteristics (like the shape of the teeth or baleen, blowholes, tails, heads, etc.). With so many observational points to consider, it would be very unusual to make a mistake. So the casual cetacean watcher can quickly be able to perform like an expert. After you have finished enjoying this wonderful book, I suggest that you plan your next trip to watch cetaceans. If possible, I suggest going to some location that you have never been to before. Even if formal party boats are not available there, you can go out in the least expensive way and rely on your handbook to guide you into a better understanding of what you are seeing. Appreciate the natural grandeur and beauty of the cetaceans . . . always! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great for anyone interested in learning about whales, young or not so young. It is full of interesting facts on whale behavior and anatomy, and commomly known whales, dolphins and porpoises. The illustrations are excellent and accurate. If you like this book, another book by the same author and illustrator is the DK Handbook on Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a cetacean lover and no other book that I have ever read about whales, dolphins and porpoises has been this good and informative. I think this is an outstanding book! I definately recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about these wonderful creatures.