Despite strong public interest in marine mammals and the
incredible popularity of whale watching, particularly in the North
Atlantic, many marine mammal populations remain little known. This
fully illustrated book is a comprehensive and attractive guide to
the marine mammals of the North Atlantic--and the only guide to
cover all fifty-one species found there. It offers whale watchers
and other marine mammal enthusiasts the means to identify the
region's seals, manatees, walrus, and polar bear in addition to its
forty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
Distribution maps for each species complement the 250 striking
color illustrations. The straightforward text emphasizes diagnostic
features but also covers the behavior, reproduction, feeding,
habitat, and migration of these intrinsically fascinating animals.
In the process, the book sorts out marine mammal taxonomy,
answering such questions as how dolphins and porpoises differ and
whether killer whales are really dolphins or whales.
As a guide, this book will be invaluable to boaters, divers,
shore dwellers, and all who venture into or on North Atlantic
water. It will also interest aquarium visitors and anyone who has
ever wanted to see a pod of whales, school of dolphins, or society
of porpoises in action. illustrates and depicts the diagnostic
features of all 51 marine mammal species occurring in the North
Atlantic gives full coverage to not only whales, dolphins, and
porpoises but also seals, manatees, the walrus, and the polar bear
features 250 color illustrations contains distribution maps for
each species and provides information on behavior, reproduction,
and feeding for each species describes the North Atlantic as a
habitat for marine mammals features concise text written by a top
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