DK Eyewitness Books: Whale

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Here is a spectacular and informative guide to whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees. Superb color photographs of dolphins, killer whales, walruses, and more offer a unique "eyewitness" view of these mysterious sea creatures - what they look like, how they behave, and their battle for survival. See the whiskers of a walrus, inside the mouth of a killer whale, dolphins at play, male...
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2004 Hard cover Rev ed. New. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 72 p. Contains: Illustrations. DK Eyewitness Books (Library). Audience: Children/juvenile.

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Overview

New Look! Relaunched with new jackets and 8 pages of new text!

Here is a spectacular and informative guide to whales, dolphins, seals, and manatees. Superb color photographs of dolphins, killer whales, walruses, and more offer a unique "eyewitness" view of these mysterious sea creatures - what they look like, how they behave, and their battle for survival. See the whiskers of a walrus, inside the mouth of a killer whale, dolphins at play, male elephant seals fighting, the way a blowhole works, a carved sperm whale's tooth, and a 19th-century blubber pot. Learn how deep a sperm whale can dive, how whales use bubbles to catch fish, why sea lions bark like dogs, what baleen is used for, and why killer whales come up on the beach. Discover how humpback whales communicate, why whales leap, the world's biggest baby, why the future of whales, seals, and dolphins is threatened, why whales migrate thousands of miles, and much, much more!

Describes whales, dolphins, seals, and other marine mammals, their habitats, means of communication, and family life.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This reference book takes a close-up look at the fascinating world of majestic sea mammals including whales, dolphins, seals, dugongs, walruses, sea lions, and narwhals. The author describes how whales have adapted to sea life and explores whale communication, socialization, behaviors, courtship and reproduction, life cycles, habitats, physical characteristics, strandings, evolution, and myths and legends. Part of the "Eyewitness Books" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Although indexed and divided into chapters, this introduction to whales is more an attractive browsing item than a substantive work of nonfiction. The two-page entries cover such topics as evolution, physical characteristics, social life, reproduction, and more; headings such as ``I am the Walrus'' attempt to introduce a hint of humor into the text. Every page is laced with full-color photographs and drawings of marine mammals in a collage type arrangement, and every now and then a small cartoon or ``funny bit'' is inserted. The writing is often vague and imprecise, e.g., in the evolution entry, ``sea otters entered the oceans relatively recently'' is stated to explain their still-furry appearance and dependence upon land, but what does the author mean by relatively recently-last week? On the other hand, the brief explanation of the Greek terms for whales' fins-the pectoral (chest) and the dorsal (back)-is well done. Not for reports, but acceptable recreational reading.-Frances E. Millhouser, Reston Regional Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756607388
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: DK Eyewitness Books Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 72
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.36 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Marine mammals 6
Whale evolution 8
Whales big and small 10
Inside the whale 12
Seals and sea lions 14
Suited to life in the sea 16
Ocean giants 20
Teeth for grasping... 22
...and baleen for filtering 24
Clicks, barks, and songs 26
Courtship and birth 28
Social life 30
Dolphins and porpoises 32
The killer whale 34
The amazing narwhal 36
The sperm whale 38
The elephant seal 40
I am the walrus 42
Sea cows 44
Hunting the mighty whale 46
Whaling in the 20th century 48
Oils, brushes, and corsets 50
Seal hunting 52
Myths and legends 54
Strandings and whale watching 56
Fishing and pollution 58
Studying sea mammals 60
Save the whale! 62
Did you know? 64
Who's who 66
Find out more 68
Glossary 70
Index 72
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