Seals and Sea Lions

Seals and Sea Lions

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by Andrew Cleave
     
 
From the true seals to the fur seals and sea lions, here is a pictorial celebration of these engaging mammals.

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From the true seals to the fur seals and sea lions, here is a pictorial celebration of these engaging mammals.

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ISBN-13:
9781880908785
Publisher:
New Line Books
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
A Portrait of the Animal World Series
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
9.59(w) x 13.14(h) x 0.48(d)

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Seals and Sea Lions 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the title, it appears that this book is supposed to be strictly about animals of the order 'Pinnipedia,' that is, animals that are flipper-footed. This order includes the true seals, sea lions, and walruses. The book starts off well enough with beautiful photographs and good descriptive text, but on page 63, Cleave inexplicably groups walruses and manatees together as if manatees also belong to this order. Manatees, while bearing perhaps a slight resemblance to walruses, are of the order 'Sirenia' (manatees and dugongs) which are actually more closely related to elephants than to any marine mammal. Furthermore, while pinnipeds are piscivorous (fish-eating) and can spend part of their lives out of the water (i.e., on land or ice), manatees are herbivores and totally aquatic. The author does not point out these distinctions and thus this chapter is very misleading. Hopefully this will be remedied in any further printing of this book; in the meantime, anyone using this book as a reference should keep this in mind (indeed much more authoritative sources should be used; see recommended titles below).