This top-selling series introduces the wild creatures of the world and examines the natural world. Good general introductions for ages 10+, these volumes contain the knowledge, personal experiences, and research of leading naturalists and scientists, accompanied by stunning photography. Unless otherwise noted (*), all volumes are sturdy paperback.
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Jonathan Gordon's “Sperm Whales” is a relatively short book. However, “Sperm Whales” contains some absolutely breathtaking photographs of the world's largest toothed animal. Alternating full-sized photos with accompanying text, the book does not take too long to read. Howveer, the reader is encouraged NOT to rush through it, lest they forget to take the time to enjoy the photos while reading through the text. I have a paperback version – I believe that the author could use the contents as the basis for an incredible coffee-table book, as well. RATING: 4 stars.
Jonathan Gordon has written a splendid book describing the sperm whale’s habitat and lifestyle. These huge creatures of the deep often leave their calves frolicking at the surface of the ocean to dive hundreds of feet into the deep sea in their search for food. These crushing depths might prove fatal to other sea creatures, but the sperm whale has adapted its rib cage to collapse under pressure. The sperm whale’s pattern of clicks or codas are distinctive forms of communication, usually heard when the whales are socializing near the surface. Variations also occur in whales located near the Galapagos, Azores or Caribbean. Fishing trawlers pose a great risk for the sperm whales, as the whales become easily entangled in the large nets and drown. Seismic surveys, military sonar and underwater experiments also wreak havoc with the sperm whale’s need for sonar. This type of acoustic noise is of great concern, since the whale’s eye is very small compared to its body length. Its main sensory source is sound. Illustrated with stunning photographs, this book is suitable as a gift or as a worthy read resting on your coffee table.