Synopses & Reviews
With their haunting ocean "songs" and gushing spouts, whales great or small inspire awe. Though their impressive size and might protect them from most natural dangers, intensive hunting by humans has put them right at the top of the conservation agenda. This wonderfully illustrated guide covers classification of all the whale families: blue whales (the world's largest mammals), magnificent humpbacks, sperm whales, and right whales, as well as dolphins and other cetaceans. A uniquely informed text written by a world expert accompanies a wide range of photographs and illustrations of whales leaping, blowing, and swimming. Realistically examine the implications of the commercial exploitation of whales and dolphins. Dramatic stories of whale hunts from the past give the history behind the present-day problems. Information on the dolphin's high intelligence and gentleness make these playful beings all the more endearing. You'll see clearly why they deserve our protection and respect! Blandford 192 pages, 36 color illus., 85 b/w illus., 6 x 9.
Though their impressive size protects them from most natural dangers, intensive hunting has decimated the whale population. This wonderfully illustrated guide covers classification of all the whale families, from blue whales to dolphins and other cetaceans. A uniquely informed text by a world expert realistically examines commercial exploitation of whales and dolphins, and relates dramatic stories of long-ago whale hunts. Photographs and illustrations show these playful creatures leaping, blowing, and swimming.