Whale Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife

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Whale Rescue is the latest addition to the acclaimed Firefly Animal Rescue series. Written by an accomplished expert and illustrated with color photographs, this book is a solid reference on both whales and the ongoing efforts to protect ...

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Overview

Whale Rescue is the latest addition to the acclaimed Firefly Animal Rescue series. Written by an accomplished expert and illustrated with color photographs, this book is a solid reference on both whales and the ongoing efforts to protect them.

This book covers whale physiology, diet, lifespan, complex behaviors and habitats. Specific whale species covered in detail are:

  • Gray whales
  • Humpback whales
  • Blue whales
  • Sperm whales
  • Right whales
  • Orca whales.

Whale conservationists and their efforts to protect whale populations are profiled. Also addressed are the pros and cons of extreme measures used against illegal whalers, such as ramming whaling boats and destroying fishnets. A full list of organizations dedicated to protecting whales is provided for readers who want to help.

About the Firefly Animal Rescue series:

The Firefly Animal Rescue identifies endangered and threatened species and what is being done to protect them. Combining lively, accessible text and stunning color photographs, each book provides a detailed overview of the species, describing its characteristics, behavior, habits, physiology and more.

"These attractive books are a call to action... fascinating readable accounts."
- School Library Journal

"Succinct introductions to the science and practice of wildlife conservation... written in accessible, lively language."
- Booklist

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Editorial Reviews

Resource Links - Gail Lennon
Supported by stunning photographs [by] various talented photographers, Whale Rescue tells of the work of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society... [It] is an optimistic story of contributions people can make to saving endangered species. It would be of particular interest to environmental sciences classes and anyone interested in saving endangered animals. It is a valuable addition to nature library sections.
Supported by stunning photographs [by] various talented photographers, Whale Rescue tells of the work of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society... [It] is an optimistic story of contributions people can make to saving endangered species. It would be of particular interest to environmental sciences classes and anyone interested in saving endangered animals. It is a valuable addition to nature library sections.
Green Teacher - Debra Bridgman
Award winning... With beautiful photography and inspiring examples of individuals passionately devoted to wildlife conservation, these are excellent resource for the classroom or school library.
CM Magazine - Gillian Richardson
Recognized whale expert Erich Hoyt brings his extensive experience with whale research to this latest title in the "Firefly Animal Rescue" series.... Add this informative book to the growing collection of works for young readers on endangered species. The list of organizations at the back encourages further learning about the problem with respect to whales.
Library Media Connection - Ruie Chehak
[review of series:] Anyone interested in learning more about endangered animals will find these books fascinating... This series will make a strong addition to any school library.
Booklist - Gillian Engberg
The language is succinct and straightforward, and the color photos will thrill whale lovers. A final page of fast facts will please students, who will find plenty of fodder for reports or personal interest.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Covers a lot of ground and readers passionate about the whale will appreciate the abundant photos and range of information.
Science Books and Films
Chosen as one of the "Best Books for Junior High and Young Adult 2005" by Science Books and Films.
Edmonton Sun
Written by an accomplished expert and illustrated with color photographs, this book is a solid reference on both whales and the ongoing efforts to protect them.
Science Books and Films - Robert E. Knowlton
Up to date and delivered objectively... the basic facts required for the reader to become well informed about whales and why we should care about saving them.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Hoyt examines the impact of commercial whaling on global whale populations and the efforts being made by scientists, environmentalists, and some governments to protect these endangered mammals. Crisp, color photos portray these leviathans in their natural habitat and also show scientists hard at work on cetacean projects, whaling ships and their "harvest" on the high seas, and seagoing environmentalists in action. The brisk, somewhat fragmented text presents whale data from "songs" to reproduction, from migratory patterns to feeding behaviors. It briefly focuses on the efforts of a variety of identified persons or organizations endeavoring to bring whales back from the brink, among them Richard Sears's pioneer work with blue whales, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's controversial actions, and Charles Mayo's valiant efforts to free whales entangled in fishing lines and nets off the coast of Cape Cod. Despite its quick glimpses of action, this is a serviceable overview of 40 years of conservation efforts.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552976005
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/5/2005
  • Series: Firefly Animal Rescue Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on, beneath or near the sea, working with whales and dolphins and for marine conservation. He is co-director of the Far East Russio Orca Project and Senior Research Fellow with the Whale and Dolphin Conservaton Society.

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Read an Excerpt

Giants of the sea

Whales are magnificent examples of life -- beautiful, enormous, intelligent and highly social.

The largest of the cetaceans (pronounced se-TAY-shuns), a group of mammals that also includes dolphins and porpoises, whales are divided into two groups. Baleen whales -- such as humpback, right, fin and blue whales -- feed on anything from tiny plankton to small schooling fish, which they strain from the sea. Toothed whales -- such as the sperm whale and orca -- hunt mainly fish and squid. Orcas also take seals and other large sea creatures, including other whales.

Whales are champion swimmers and divers. They have a thick layer of blubber to protect them from the cold. The blue whale, at up to 110 feet (33.5 m) and 214 tons (190,000 kg), is the largest animal that has ever lived.

People have hunted whales for centuries, and several species -- blue, humpback, right, gray and bowhead -- were close to extinction before most of the killing finally stopped. Yet every year, Japan and Norway continue to harpoon more than a thousand whales, and the animals face other threats from overfishing, entanglement in fishing gear, boat traffic and pollution.

Life in the 21st century can be hazardous and uncertain for the giants of the sea, but conservationists are fighting hard to make a place for whales.

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Table of Contents

Giants of the sea
Where do whales live?
The story so far
Gaining the upper hand
A world divided
Whale of a journey
ON THE FRONTLINES: Amazing grays
A whale for the counting
ON THE FRONTLINES: Humpback comeback
Humpback songs
AT WORK: Robin Baird
AT WORK: Out of the blue
Thar she blows
AT WORK: Hal Sato
Sleuths of the high seas
Going too far
ON THE FRONTLINES: Sperm whales
Cutting out the noise
Poisoning the seas
AT WORK: Guiseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara
Whale reproduction
ON THE FRONTLINES: Saving right whales
What a tangled net
AT WORK: Stormy Mayo
Thanks, but no tanks
The future for whales
Fast facts

How you can help
Index
Photo credits
Author's note

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First Chapter

Giants of the sea

Whales are magnificent examples of life -- beautiful, enormous, intelligent and highly social.

The largest of the cetaceans (pronounced se-TAY-shuns), a group of mammals that also includes dolphins and porpoises, whales are divided into two groups. Baleen whales -- such as humpback, right, fin and blue whales -- feed on anything from tiny plankton to small schooling fish, which they strain from the sea. Toothed whales -- such as the sperm whale and orca -- hunt mainly fish and squid. Orcas also take seals and other large sea creatures, including other whales.

Whales are champion swimmers and divers. They have a thick layer of blubber to protect them from the cold. The blue whale, at up to 110 feet (33.5 m) and 214 tons (190,000 kg), is the largest animal that has ever lived.

People have hunted whales for centuries, and several species -- blue, humpback,
right, gray and bowhead -- were close to extinction before most of the killing finally stopped. Yet every year, Japan and Norway continue to harpoon more than a thousand whales, and the animals face other threats from overfishing, entanglement in fishing gear, boat traffic and pollution.

Life in the 21st century can be hazardous and uncertain for the giants of the sea, but conservationists are fighting hard to make a place for whales.

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