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Smithsonian Handbooks: Whales & Dolphins

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The clearest recognition guides available

Authoritative text, detailed illustrations, and a systematic approach make this the most comprehensive pocket guide to cetaceans of the world. Packed with more than 900 illustrations, the Smithsonian Handbook of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises is designed to enable you to recognize each species quickly and easily.

Illustrated Encyclopedic Approach: Expertly written and thoroughly revised, each entry ...

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Overview

The clearest recognition guides available

Authoritative text, detailed illustrations, and a systematic approach make this the most comprehensive pocket guide to cetaceans of the world. Packed with more than 900 illustrations, the Smithsonian Handbook of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises is designed to enable you to recognize each species quickly and easily.

Illustrated Encyclopedic Approach: Expertly written and thoroughly revised, each entry combines a precise description with annotated illustrations to highlight the chief characteristics and distinguishing features of each whale, dolphin, and porpoise. Additional illustrations to highlight the chief characteristics and distinguishing features of each whale, dolphin, and porpoise. Additional illustrations show the animals "in action" and depict other forms and color variations. Maps show the distribution of every species, while color-coded bands provide at-a-glance facts.

Identification Made Easy: For beginners and established enthusiasts alike, this handbook explains where in the world to look for cetaceans, how to find them, how to tell one species from another, and how to interpret their different forms of behavior. A visual color key at the front of the book aids immediate identification in the wild, then guides you to the detailed species entry.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789489906
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Smithsonian Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 321,255
  • Product dimensions: 4.33 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Author's Introduction 6
How This Book Works 8
What Is a Cetacean? 10
Anatomy of a Cetacean 12
Cetacean Behavior 14
How Cetaceans Are Studied 18
Conservation 20
Stranding 22
Where to Watch Cetaceans 24
How to Watch Cetaceans 26
Identifying Cetaceans 28
Identification Key 29
Families and Species 38
Right and Gray Whales 38
Rorqual Whales 54
Sperm Whales 80
Narwhal and Beluga 90
Beaked Whales 100
Blackfish 144
Oceanic Dolphins With Prominent Beaks 160
Oceanic Dolphins Without Prominent Beaks 194
River Dolphins 224
Porpoises 236
Glossary 250
Index 252
Further Reading 255
Useful Addresses and Acknowledgments 256
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