Marine Mammal Preservation

Marine Mammal Preservation

by Peggy Thomas
     
 

The world is becoming more crowded. Human impact on the planet has meant extinction for many animals, and more are endangered each day. The Science of Saving Animals is a series of books about people saving the world's wildlife -- people making a difference through action and education.

Marine mammals are worldwide favorites, from furry adorable sea otters to

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Overview

The world is becoming more crowded. Human impact on the planet has meant extinction for many animals, and more are endangered each day. The Science of Saving Animals is a series of books about people saving the world's wildlife -- people making a difference through action and education.

Marine mammals are worldwide favorites, from furry adorable sea otters to enormous blue whales, the largest animal that ever lived on Earth. They're endangered because of man-made pollution, habitat destruction, and shipping traffic. But instead of letting sea lions die from garbage that traps them or manatees be run down by boats, people who care -- scientists, government agencies, volunteers, and others -- are making a difference. In Marine Mammal Preservation you'll read about how they're tracking down offenders and saving lives.

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Children's Literature
There are more than 100 types of marine mammals living in earth's oceans. They include whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, manatees and sea otters. Many of them are in trouble due to pollution and various threats from the shipping and fishing industries. More than just giving us the dry facts, this fascinating book is an absorbing source of information about not only the problems marine mammals face in the modern world, but the research and conservation work taking place to save them. For example, scientists use the national weather tracking system satellite to track seals, manatees, and other mammals. Some researchers study the clicks and rumbles of whales and dolphins, trying to figure out if their extremely sensitive hearing is traumatized by noise pollution under the waters. We meet many of the scientists by name, and hear about their work in a detailed and interesting way. There are lots of photographs of both mammals and the people who are trying to save them. A list of further reading, Internet sources, and a good index complete a very thorough and engaging book on this important subject. 2000, The Millbrook Press/Twenty-first Century Books, $23.90. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Nancy Partridge
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Efforts to collect data to develop conservation laws are the focus of this book. The effects of hunting, pollution, and other environmental changes; global commercial fishing practices; and shipping traffic are discussed, as is the history of international protective policies. Thomas reports on some fascinating studies such as bioacoustic research, which has led to the development of acoustical alarms to warn whales, dolphins, and seals about commercial fishing areas. Efforts of wildlife organizations working with businesses to promote responsible and environmentally sound fishing practices and the development of a warning system that was made possible by a joint effort of the Navy, Coast Guard, and National Marine Fisheries Service are also discussed. Explanations of these projects and more are presented in a well-written, easy-to-read format, illustrated with good-quality color photographs. Thematic chapters are well organized and additional information is highlighted in topic boxes. A highly readable and informative title.-Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukie, OR Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780761314585
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Science of Saving Animals Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.33(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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