Whale Watcher: A Global Guide to Watching Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the Wild

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9780565092122: Whale Watcher: A Global Guide to Watching Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises in the Wild

A comprehensive guide to the whales of the world and where to see them.

Every year, more than four million people go whale watching, and the numbers keep growing. This beautifully illustrated guidebook will be the best handy reference for whale watchers.

All recognized species of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) are described in this book. Stunning action photography of each is coupled with detailed information on where and when to see each species and how to identify it through behavior and physical characteristics. There are featured spreads on 40 of the most fascinating and frequently watched whales. For quick and easy identification, the families and species are organized in descending order of size, from the blue whale to the tiniest dolphins and porpoises.

The natural history and habitat of each animal is described in detail, along with the latest research on topics such as cetacean communication and social structure. There are also maps, other helpful illustrations and addresses, as well as travel tips on locations for whale watching responsibly. Also included is updated information on endangered species and conservation efforts.

Whale Watcher is the most comprehensive book for anyone planning a safe and successful watching trip.

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About the Author:

Trevor Day is a zoologist and marine biologist, and the author of the four-volume Exploring the Ocean. He contributed 50 articles to the multi-volume encyclopedia series, Oceanography and Marine Science.

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An Introduction to Watching

In the last 50 years, people's attitudes to whales have undergone a sea change. Thankfully, many people across the world would now rather watch whales, and appreciate their beauty, bulk, and extraordinary behavior, than hunt them.

Whales (and their smaller relatives, the dolphins and porpoises) also inspire in us feelings of kinship. When you hear the breath of a whale at close range, you are forcefully reminded that they are air-breathing mammals, like us. When you watch a school of bottlenose dolphins duck and weave, you realize they are complex animals with sophisticated behavior. The strength and complexity of their friendships and family ties may also be likened to our own. And many whales and dolphins have a strange curiosity about people, which is all the more surprising given our long history of ruthlessly exploiting them.

Whale watching, as a pastime and a tourist industry, began to emerge in the mid-1950s, when Californians took a keen interest in the gray whales that migrated along their coastline. Today, more than 10 million people a year join commercial whale-watching trips in one or more of up to 90 nations. The range of opportunities to watch whales, dolphins, or porpoises is astonishingly wide, and includes watching from the shore, from a floating vessel, from the air, or, on rare occasions, while actually in the water.

The aim of this book is to provide an introduction to the broad range of whale-watching opportunities around the world and to offer a starting point for planning your whale-watching trip of a lifetime. All the world's whales, dolphins, and porpoises are listed here, with information on where and how to see the more common, recognizable, and accessible species.

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Descrizione libro The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2006. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Whale watching is one of the fastest-growing tourist activities in the world, attracting over four million people every year. This sumptuously illustrated book brings the exhilarating experience of whale watching to life for the whale and dolphin enthusiast. Whales, dolphins and porpoises are known collectively as cetaceans. Whale Watcher describes the world s species currently recognised with feature spreads on over 40 of the most frequently watched and fascinating species. For easy identification, families and species are described in descending order of size, from the blue whale to the tiniest dolphins and porpoises. Stunning action photography of each species is coupled with watching information, including guidance on where and when to watch, and how to identify the species from its behaviour and physical characteristics. The natural history and habitat of each animal is described, as well as the latest research on topics such as cetacean communication and social structure. There is also information on endangered species, responsible watching and conservation that make this an essential and comprehensive visual reference. Codice libro della libreria AWC9780565092122

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Descrizione libro The Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2006. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Whale watching is one of the fastest-growing tourist activities in the world, attracting over four million people every year. This sumptuously illustrated book brings the exhilarating experience of whale watching to life for the whale and dolphin enthusiast. Whales, dolphins and porpoises are known collectively as cetaceans. Whale Watcher describes the world s species currently recognised with feature spreads on over 40 of the most frequently watched and fascinating species. For easy identification, families and species are described in descending order of size, from the blue whale to the tiniest dolphins and porpoises. Stunning action photography of each species is coupled with watching information, including guidance on where and when to watch, and how to identify the species from its behaviour and physical characteristics. The natural history and habitat of each animal is described, as well as the latest research on topics such as cetacean communication and social structure. There is also information on endangered species, responsible watching and conservation that make this an essential and comprehensive visual reference. Codice libro della libreria AWC9780565092122

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