Pod of Killer Whales
  • Pod of Killer Whales
  • Pod of Killer Whales

Pod of Killer Whales

by Vicki Leon, Jeff Foott
     
 

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Images from Free Willy and captive killer whales performing at Sea World don’t tell the real story of these marvelous creatures. With their vast bulk and “killer” instincts, these predators — weighing up to ten tons and eating more than 100 pounds of food a day — rule their underwater world. This lively book introduces young

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Images from Free Willy and captive killer whales performing at Sea World don’t tell the real story of these marvelous creatures. With their vast bulk and “killer” instincts, these predators — weighing up to ten tons and eating more than 100 pounds of food a day — rule their underwater world. This lively book introduces young readers to every aspect of these singular beasts, from their surprising social arrangements (living in lifelong family groups) to their pod-specific dialects to their awesome methods of killing prey. Photos by noted wildlife cinematographer Jeff Foott include rare shots of killer whale behavior.

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School Library Journal

Gr 5-8 These series titles take readers into the wild and under the sea for up-close-and-personal overviews. Each book covers the characteristics and unique traits of the subject animals and includes colorful, awe-inspiring photos and immediate first-person narratives. Hall, a diver and filmmaker, looks at 32 species of dolphins and 6 porpoise species, examining body features, echolocation, why they jump, and their keen intelligence. Hunt mostly focuses on the polar bear, black bear, and grizzly, but also includes lesser-known species such as the moon bear and spectacled bear. León looks at the socialization styles of killer whales, also known as orcas, such as whether they live in pods or solo, how they hunt, and what they eat depending on availability of food sources. All three books provide glimpses at how humans have interacted with these animals. The last chapter addresses their shrinking habitats and food supplies and how individuals can work to save the creatures. John Bonnett Wexo's "Zoobook" series (Wildlife Education) covers some of the same factual information but does not include the personal stories that this series presents.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780976613473
Publisher:
London Town Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Jean-Michel Cousteau Presents Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.17(d)
Lexile:
1050L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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