A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife: Marine Mammals, Seabirds, Fish, and Other Sea Life

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This beautifully illustrated guide covers an unprecedented range of species that may be sighted along the coastline or offshore by the whale watcher, bird watcher, fisher, boating enthusiast, or natural history buff. Designed in a handy pocket size, the book provides concise information for identifying the invertebrates, mammals, birds, turtles, fish, sharks and rays, and even floating seaweeds and common algae that live along the Atlantic coast and offshore from North Carolina to the Canadian provinces of Nova ...

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Overview

This beautifully illustrated guide covers an unprecedented range of species that may be sighted along the coastline or offshore by the whale watcher, bird watcher, fisher, boating enthusiast, or natural history buff. Designed in a handy pocket size, the book provides concise information for identifying the invertebrates, mammals, birds, turtles, fish, sharks and rays, and even floating seaweeds and common algae that live along the Atlantic coast and offshore from North Carolina to the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.

With range maps and text on pages directly opposite the full-color illustrations, the book makes identification of more than two hundred species of offshore wildlife quick and easy. Special features include full-page spreads to compare similar species of seabirds, and inserts to help identify whales by their blowhole patterns, diving, and other behaviors.

Those with an interest in ocean life know that surprises often appear dangling at the end of a fishing line, floating beside the boat, washed up on the shore, or flying overhead. This is the ultimate guide for those who are curious about such creatures and the marine environment in which they dwell.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This guide provides a handy, beautifully illustrated, single reference to the many marine organisms most likely to be encountered in North Atlantic waters, and it should be particularly useful for anyone making offshore whale watching excursions.”—Wayne R. Petersen, Swarovski Birding Community
Alan H. Brush
"Every sailor, recreational boater, ferry passenger, and all our ships at sea should have this book."—Alan H. Brush, University of Connecticut, Emeritus


Gerard N. Burrow
"The Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife, with its broad approach, clear illustrations and crisp descriptions, serves as a powerful reminder of what is at stake in our offshore environment."—Gerard N. Burrow, M.D., Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration

"Proctor and Lynch have produced a pelagic masterpiece, describing North Atlantic wildlife from algae to whales. The field guide is beautifully illustrated and marvelously clear."—Gerard N. Burrow, M.D., Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
Pete Dunne
"The depth and detail found in this guide is equaled only by the richness of the environment that is its focus. Don’t leave shore without it."—Pete Dunne, Vice President for Natural History Information, New Jersey Audubon Society
Tom Bergh
"A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife a great summary book—it is attractive, easily accessed, and should quickly open the public's eyes to the wonders of our amazing world."—Tom Bergh, Maine Island Kayak Company
Wayne R. Petersen
"This guide provides a handy, beautifully illustrated, single reference to the many marine organisms most likely to be encountered in North Atlantic waters, and it should be particularly useful for anyone making offshore whale watching excursions."—Wayne R. Petersen, Swarovski Birding Community
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300106589
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 293,856
  • Product dimensions: 4.48 (w) x 7.26 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Noble S. Proctor is professor emeritus of biology, Southern Connecticut State University, and an internationally known leader of natural history and ecology expeditions. He has studied marine life on all the oceans of the world. Patrick J. Lynch is director of media services, Information Technology Services-Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine. He has received many awards for his medical illustrations and multimedia projects in medicine and the biological sciences. The authors’ previous book, Manual of Ornithology, is available from Yale University Press.

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Table of Contents

Pelagic algae 2
Invertebrates 4
Sharks 16
Rays 32
Fish 34
Sea turtles 66
Seabirds 72
Baleen whales 146
Toothed whales 160
Seals 196
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    Simply the best

    This field guide has it all -- a comprehensive catalog of off-shore life, excellent organization, and absolutely extraordinary illustrations that prove that the best illustration is better than photography for depicting archetypes. The authors are renowned in their fields and their skill, experience and knowledge shows in every page. The best guide I've found.

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