The National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fishes, Whales, and Dolphinsby Herbert T. Boschung, James D. Williams, Daniel W. Gotshall, David K. Caldwell, Melba C. Caldwell
This delightful field guide features 585 full-color photographs of marine and freshwater fishes, 30 photographs and 45 paintings of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, and 24 pictures of freshwater and saltwater habitats. 529 species are described in detailed written accounts-with information on measurements; body shape and color; scales, fins, and gills; habitat; range; and behavior-and 400 other species are briefly noted. Poisonous or otherwise dangerous fish are distinguished by a warning symbol.
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I like to research fish and whales in my spare time... I think whales are interesting and I think that fish are so cool. Seth Piller Fort Collins
I live on a barrier island in New Jersey and fish most of the year off the barrier beach so I am very familiar with all the litorial fish. Thus I was surprised to see that your Field Guide to North American Fishes did not include two of the most frequently caught fish on the Atlantic coast in the summer and fall. The first and most prominent omision is the 'Fluke' or summer flounder. It is one of the most popular recreational fishes on the Mid-Atlantic coast and while you show several other species of flounder the 'Fluke' is conspicious by it's absence. The other is the 'Northern Stargazer'. This is a bottom dwelling species which buries itself in the sand and pounces on any passing prey. They are frequently caught by fisherman seeking fluke along the shore line. If you have never seen a 'Stargazer' I will be happy to send you a pix of the next one I catch which by the way was just this morning on the beach. Other than these glaring omissions I found your Guide very informative. Mike Whalen Lavallette, NJ