Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World

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Overview

This breathtakingly beautiful book brings readers nose-to-nose with all of the world's marine mammals-a comprehensive line-up of remarkable whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, walruses, otters, polar bears, dugongs, and manatees.

A highly practical field guide, it combines state-of-the-art illustrations with superb color photographs and detailed maps. The book highlights key field marks and clearly summarizes the types of behaviors that marine-mammal watchers may observe.

Where other guides settle for static or wooden images and descriptions, this one comes to life with the kind of detailed text and stunning photos that make for a go-to reference guide. Armed with this book, any observer anywhere in the world should be able to identify the marine mammals they encounter.

  • A go-to field guide to all of the world's marine mammals
  • Contains key field marks and summaries of behavior
  • Over 450 stunning color photos
  • 124 color maps
  • Over 500 beautiful new illustrations
  • An exquisite blend of text, illustrations, and photos, harmonized for practical field usage
  • Suitable for both amateurs and seasoned professionals
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Editorial Reviews

Portland Oregonian
A great companion for anyone spending time on cruise ships, or where oceans meet land, this field guide to marine mammals of the world is packed with fun and useful information.
— Terry Richard
Choice
Highly recommended. . . . This outstanding, well-organized guide to the world's marine mammals provides a succinct outline of the main groups and modern taxonomy. . .. The 450 color photos, 500 other illustrations, and 124 maps are clear and informative.... All information, including a glossary of unfamiliar terms, is provided in such a way that this volume will be useful to both nonspecialists and professionals.
Mammalian Biology
In addition to a glossary, a checklist of marine mammal species, a selected bibliography, a list of photographic credits and an index, this book contains an excellent account of selected marine and coastal sites, where marine mammals can be observed. This very useful section will help in the planning of travels and excursions.
— Peter Langer
Marine Ornithology
With the tremendous growth in tourism in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic this beautiful book should enjoy a well-deserved continued popularity. If you are planning a trip to this exciting region, whether for research or tourism, buy this book well in advance and revel in the wealth of information and excellent photography. As a record of the distribution and diversity of Southern Ocean fauna, the book will be valuable to those working on seabirds and marine mammals, both in that region and also globally.
— Alan E. Burger
Birdbooker Report
Probably the best guide to marine mammals currently available!
Portland Oregonian - Terry Richard
A great companion for anyone spending time on cruise ships, or where oceans meet land, this field guide to marine mammals of the world is packed with fun and useful information.
Mammalian Biology - Peter Langer
In addition to a glossary, a checklist of marine mammal species, a selected bibliography, a list of photographic credits and an index, this book contains an excellent account of selected marine and coastal sites, where marine mammals can be observed. This very useful section will help in the planning of travels and excursions.
Marine Ornithology - Alan E. Burger
With the tremendous growth in tourism in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic this beautiful book should enjoy a well-deserved continued popularity. If you are planning a trip to this exciting region, whether for research or tourism, buy this book well in advance and revel in the wealth of information and excellent photography. As a record of the distribution and diversity of Southern Ocean fauna, the book will be valuable to those working on seabirds and marine mammals, both in that region and also globally.
From the Publisher
"A great companion for anyone spending time on cruise ships, or where oceans meet land, this field guide to marine mammals of the world is packed with fun and useful information."—Terry Richard, Portland Oregonian

"Highly recommended. . . . This outstanding, well-organized guide to the world's marine mammals provides a succinct outline of the main groups and modern taxonomy. . .. The 450 color photos, 500 other illustrations, and 124 maps are clear and informative.... All information, including a glossary of unfamiliar terms, is provided in such a way that this volume will be useful to both nonspecialists and professionals."—Choice

"In addition to a glossary, a checklist of marine mammal species, a selected bibliography, a list of photographic credits and an index, this book contains an excellent account of selected marine and coastal sites, where marine mammals can be observed. This very useful section will help in the planning of travels and excursions."—Peter Langer, Mammalian Biology

"With the tremendous growth in tourism in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic this beautiful book should enjoy a well-deserved continued popularity. If you are planning a trip to this exciting region, whether for research or tourism, buy this book well in advance and revel in the wealth of information and excellent photography. As a record of the distribution and diversity of Southern Ocean fauna, the book will be valuable to those working on seabirds and marine mammals, both in that region and also globally."—Alan E. Burger, Marine Ornithology

"Probably the best guide to marine mammals currently available!"—Birdbooker Report

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691127576
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/2/2006
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 616,425
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Hadoram Shirihai is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books, including "The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife", "The Birds of Israel", and "Sylvia Warblers" (all Princeton). He is especially known for his work in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. He extensively travels the world's oceans in search of marine mammals and seabirds, and he has observed in the wild most of the species covered by the present book. An expert on field identification and taxonomy, he is also a highly accomplished photographer. Brett Jarrett is one of the world's foremost marine-mammal artists. He has field experience of 98 species during 30 years of marine-mammal watching and has worked extensively in Antarctica. His published work includes the plates in the award-winning "The Complete Guide to Antarctic Wildlife" (Princeton). More of his work can be seen at www.brettjarrett.com

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