National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Animals of the World
- Paperback | 528 pages
- 160.02 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 1,247.38g
- 01 May 2006
- Random House USA Inc
- New York, United States
- 120 PAINTINGS;375 4-C PHOTOS; 128 MAPS
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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.
Exquisitelydetailed 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.
-Carl Zimmer, author of At the Water's Edge and Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea "This comprehensive and beautifully illustrated work allows a much deeper appreciation of these incredible creatures."
-Carl Safina, Ph.D., author of "Song for the Blue Ocean" and "Eye of the Albatross"
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