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The magnificent blue whale, the tiny Chilean dolphin, the narwhal with its amazing twisted tusk -- these are just a few of the many species of sea mammals living in the ocean depths. Discover how these creatures feed, breathe, and make incredible migrations, inside the pages of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises.

Explores the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and feeding habits of these underwater mammals.

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The magnificent blue whale, the tiny Chilean dolphin, the narwhal with its amazing twisted tusk -- these are just a few of the many species of sea mammals living in the ocean depths. Discover how these creatures feed, breathe, and make incredible migrations, inside the pages of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises.

Explores the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and feeding habits of these underwater mammals.

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Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
Authoritative text and detailed illustrations help make this guide one of the most comprehensive references about Cetaceans. Packed with more than 900 illustrations, this guide is designed to enable learners to recognize each species quickly and easily. The author discusses Cetacean anatomy, behavior, conservation, strandings, sightings, and identification. He highlights each species and provides information about distinguishing features, main characteristics, behaviors/habits, distribution and range, scientific name, habitats, endangered status, threats, population, diet, and weight. An identification key, glossary, and list of useful addresses are also included. Part of the "See and Explore Library."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781564586209
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/2/2000
  • Series: Eyewitness Handbooks Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

What Is a Whale? 4
Keeping Track 8
Inside and Out 10
Down in One 12
The Feeding Ground 14
Harmless Killers 16
Dive, Dive, Dive 18
Personal Appearance 22
Circus of the Seas 24
Moving About 26
Living Together 28
A Fencing Match 30
Early Days 32
Attack and Defense 36
Growing Up 38
At Play 40
Porpoises 42
River Life 44
Sounds of the Sea 46
Breaching 48
Record-Breakers 50
High-Speed Chase 52
Rescue 54
Beaked Whales 56
Save the Whale! 58
Story of a Whale 62
Index 64
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2001

    The Ultimate Cetacean Field Guide!

    This book clearly deserves more than five stars for the great joy it will make available to you in the future by encouraging you to do more cetacean watching. One of my pleasures is planning and taking trips to the various whale, dolphin, and porpoise rich areas in the world. When there, I spend as much time as possible on the water enjoying the views. I was particularly delighted to see that this book opens the doors to locales that I did not know about. As a result, I now have three times as many places to visit as I thought I did. Having seen the unusual species that I have missed, I now see the world much differently. That's a great gift to receive from a field guide. Most people are unaware of the fascinating and beautiful mammal life in the oceans and rivers (yes, some dolphins live in rivers) around them. Although I live near one of the world's best cetacean watching areas, I would estimate that fewer than five percent of the people I meet have ever gone to observe the wonderful sights that are just a few minutes offshore. This guide can help change all that. With a heightened sense of our aquatic co-species, I think that all people will have more respect for them and interest in preserving their habitats and populations. Many people have a chance to go boating on the ocean, and see something that interests them. What is it? How should they approach it? I hope that all ocean-going boaters will buy a copy of this book to address those questions. This is a beautiful book to hold and behold. The drawings are luscious in their subtlety of color and shape. As a way to identify cetaceans, I cannot imagine a handbook that could be any better. The book is filled with dozens of clues for each type from length, shape, coloration, presence of typical parasites, behavior, breathing patterns, and other physical characteristics (like the shape of the teeth or baleen, blowholes, tails, heads, etc.). With so many observational points to consider, it would be very unusual to make a mistake. So the casual cetacean watcher can quickly be able to perform like an expert. After you have finished enjoying this wonderful book, I suggest that you plan your next trip to watch cetaceans. If possible, I suggest going to some location that you have never been to before. Even if formal party boats are not available there, you can go out in the least expensive way and rely on your handbook to guide you into a better understanding of what you are seeing. Appreciate the natural grandeur and beauty of the cetaceans . . . always! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2001

    Good book, Great illustrations

    This book is great for anyone interested in learning about whales, young or not so young. It is full of interesting facts on whale behavior and anatomy, and commomly known whales, dolphins and porpoises. The illustrations are excellent and accurate. If you like this book, another book by the same author and illustrator is the DK Handbook on Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2000

    The Best Book on the Subject!

    I am a cetacean lover and no other book that I have ever read about whales, dolphins and porpoises has been this good and informative. I think this is an outstanding book! I definately recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about these wonderful creatures.

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