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Killer Whales (Children's Press Nature's Children Series)

Killer Whales (Children's Press Nature's Children Series)

by Charnan Simon, Sriel Kazunas

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Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Did you know that killer whales, also known as orcas, were frequently caught during the 1960s and put into marine parks and aquariums? This gave people an opportunity to see these whales up close, but by 1972 people realized it was wrong to take wild orcas from their pods, and laws were enacted to make their capture illegal in U.S. waters. Now, scientists study orcas in the wild. And what an amazing animal it is! Though relatively small as whales go, orcas have streamlined, muscular bodies. Their black-and white-coloring helps them hunt; a seal on an ice float will not see the orca because the black blends in with the dark water, while fish swimming beneath do not notice them because their white bellies blend in with the lighter surface. These are just a few of the many facts young readers can find in this book, part of the "Nature's Children" series. The authors call orcas "wolves of the sea" since, like a pack of wolves on land, pods (groups) of orcas use teamwork to surround and snatch prey that can range from fish to seals to sea birds to—gulp!—even another killer whale. The book, with its colorful photo illustrations, includes information about the orca's body, its huge teeth and large throat that enable them to catch and swallow prey without chewing, social behavior, reproduction, and habitat. Scattered throughout the book are specially highlighted "Fun Facts": a newborn killer whale is bigger than a refrigerator, and an x-ray of a killer whale's flipper show human-like hand and finger bones. This book also discusses orcas in the ancient fossil record, their dolphin "cousins" plus the fact that human activity has caused orcas to be endangered in some parts of the world. As with other books in this series, this includes a map that shows where orcas are found in the world's oceans, a collection of words to know, website information, and an index. Reviewer: Judy Crowder

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Scholastic Library Publishing
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Children's Press Nature's Children Series
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Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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