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National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World [Hardcover]

By & Pieter Folkens (Author), Phillip J. Clapham (Author) & James A. Powell (Author)
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More than five hundred illustrations, paintings, and maps capturing 120 species of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and sea lions are accompanied by information on each species.

Publishers Description
The National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World describes in fascinating detail all 120 species of the world's whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions, manatees, Marine and Sea Otters, and the Polar Bear. Written by a team of experts and featuring more than 320 illustrations, 418 photographs, and 123 maps, this new guide offers more authoritative, up-to-date, and accessible information than any book previously published on the subject.
Organized by the four major groups of marine mammals--marine fissipeds, pinnipeds, cetaceans, and sirenians--the species descriptions include:
Full-color paintings, some depicting males and females, juveniles, subspecies, or special features. Color photographs showing appearance in the wild and illustrating typical behaviors. Life history data, including length and weight at various life stages, and life span. Range and habitat text and a full-color range map based on the most current information. Facts about social organization, surface behaviors, swimming, and diving. Information on mating behavior, breeding, and the rearing of young. Details about food items and foraging techniques. Estimates of population in the wild, plus current and historic threats.
A general introduction outlines the evolution and taxonomy of marine mammals, distribution, migration, watching guidelines, identification techniques, organizations and laws that protect marine mammals, and more.
Introductions to groups include comparative size illustrations, discussion of behaviors particular to the group, and other unique features.
A useful illustrated glossary of terms and an index of species names complete the guide.
Exquisitely detailed illustrations, stunning photographs, and clearly written text combine to make this an indispensible reference source for marine mammal watchers and anyone interested in the natural world.

Item Specifications...

Pages   527
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   2.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 2, 2002
Publisher   Knopf
ISBN  0375411410  
EAN  9780375411410  

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About this Author/Artist
Pieter A. Folkens <i>(illustrator)</i> is widely acknowledged as one of the finest illustrators of marine mammals in the world. He has contributed to many books, including <i>The Sierra Club Handbook of Seals and Sirenians </i>and <i>The Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals </i>(Academic Press). He has also designed cetaceans for motion pictures and television, including the films <i>Star Trek IV, Flipper, </i>and<i> Free Willy.</i> He is a founding board member of the Alaska Whale Foundation, a non-profit marine mammal research and conservation organization, and spends his summers in Alaska studying the feeding ecology of Killer and Humpback Whales. Folkens lives in Benicia, California.<br><br>Randall R. Reeves <i>(Sperm Whales, Beaked Whales, River Dolphins, Beluga and Narwhal, Ocean Dolphins,

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Great field guide  Jan 8, 2008
I work on a small passenger ship, and we always keep a copy of this book on the bridge for mammal sightings. The photos are great, as are the overview charts showing comparative sizes. The descriptions of behavior give people some insight into the lives of these wonderful creatures.
Superb book  Jan 18, 2007
This book is really great as it's full of very informative and interesting facts as well lots of colour photos and every species mentioned is illustrated. Excellent.
National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World  Jan 12, 2007
This is the only book we use on the Monterey Peninsula to go out whale watching with. It identifies quickly and covers all the marine mammals. Perfect field guide.
Awesome  Aug 18, 2005
This books is very informational. I have gotten a lot of information from it and the pictures are fabulous! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Marine Mammals. My daughter wants to be a Marine Biologist/Marine Mammal Trainer and this book gave her all the right information at the right time.
Much more than expected!  Jul 8, 2004
Audubon has certainly delivered their best in this marine life field guide! When I bought this, I expected it to be the usual good Audubon repeat of their previous field guides. I was quite impressed by the number of species inserted, and the special illustrations used along with it. There are a surprising number of families and subspecies listed also.
The whales and dolphins section is the best part of the guide, listing rare and endangered species. I don't suspect anyone has heard of the "Tucuxi" dolphin, have they? Rather than just listing commonly seen or normal species, Audubon has done extensive research on others, and has inserted dozens or more in each family section, making identification completely unmistakable. The seals and sea lions covered are no different in variety and number of listings. However, many of the seals listed are subspecies of 6 previous listings.
The binding is usual quality by Audubon publishers, making an excellent reading book, whether on a boat trip, in a car, or simply in an easy chair at home. Forget other Marine Mammal Guides, and make an extensive search for this!

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