Antarctica: A Guide to the Wildlife

Antarctica: A Guide to the Wildlife

Paperback Bradt Travel Guide Antarctica Wildlife

By (author) Tony Soper, Illustrated by Dafila Scott

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  • Publisher: BRADT TRAVEL GUIDES
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 214mm x 10mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 17 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 1841624837
  • ISBN 13: 9781841624839
  • Edition: 6, Revised
  • Edition statement: 6th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 160pp colour photos & 3 maps
  • Sales rank: 331,632

Product description

Updated throughout, the 6th edition of Bradt's Antarctica: a Guide to Wildlife is the most practical guide to the flora and fauna available for those "going south". Celebrating the amazing and often unique species of this spectacular environment, the title features chapters on the region's famous whales and penguins, and also on lesser known species such as skuas and sheathbills, with full coverage of plumage and identification. Each chapter is accompanied by vibrant illustrations from Dafila Scott to help bring species to life. In the last 10 years visitors to Antarctica have trebled to 30,000, and there are now 35 tour operators visiting the region. Tony Soper's immaculate and engaging text remains the indispensible choice for the intrepid wildlife enthusiast.

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Author information

Tony Soper has spent the last fifteen seasons in the Southern Ocean. As an expedition leader and ornithology lecturer on small ships, he's explored the islands and most of the continental coast of Antarctica, and has shared with visitors his enthusiasm for the extraordinary congregations and complexity of the penguins, seals and great whales which summer there Dafila Scott is an artist and zoologist, member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and 'Scott of the Antarctic's' grand-daughter.

Review quote

'Most of us visiting the deep South are doing so for the first time and thirst for some authoritative guidance. Here, at last, is the book we have been waiting for.' - Sir David Attenborough 'Until you get into the groove, all penguins can look alike. This book will help you tell your chinstraps from your Adelies, while also helping you to identify flighted birds, seals, dolphins and whales. - Geographical Magazine'...I always had Antarctica : A Guide to the Wildlife on hand' - Sara Wheeler - Conde Nast Traveller

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION DISCOVERY AND EXPLOITATION: Explorers, Sealers and Whalers TERRESTRIAL PLANTS AND INSECTS MARINE INVERTEBRATES FISH BIRDS Penguins Albatrosses Petrels and Shearwaters Cormorants Sheathbills Skuas Gulls Terns MAMMALS Seals Whales APPENDICES SOUTH GEORGIA, TERRESTRIAL AND FRESHWATER SPECIES THE FALKLAND ISLANDS GLOSSARY OF SNOW AND ICE GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS TO THE ANTARCTIC USEFUL WEBSITES FURTHER READING AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS