Encyclopedia of whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

by Hoyt, Erich,

Format: Print Book 2017.
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Crafton Public Library Adult - Non-Fiction 599.503 HOYT 2017 CRAFTON 12/17
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Adult - Non-Fiction
Call Number  599.503 HOYT 2017 CRAFTON 12/17
Dormont Public Library Non-Fiction 599.503 E1
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  599.503 E1

ASJA Writing Awards Recipient Honorable Mention Best Children's/Young Adult Nonfiction Book 2017 Erich Hoyt Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

In the Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises , award-winning author and whale researcher Erich Hoyt takes readers into the field for an intimate encounter with some 90 species of cetaceans that make their homes in the world's oceans. Drawing on decades of firsthand experience and a comprehensive familiarity with the current revolution in cetacean studies, Hoyt provides unique insights into the life histories of these compelling marine mammals.

Here are discoveries about cetacean biology and behavior, from the physical differences and adaptations among the baleen and toothed whales to their highly intelligent hunting and feeding methods. The courtship and mating practices, family relationships and the lifelong bonds among some family members are fascinating. The symphonic composer of the whale world is the humpback whale, whose complex 30-minute songs reverberate across the liquid universe of the ocean. Some cetaceans survive deep diving and negotiate lengthy migrations across oceans.

This book is a fascinating compilation of the latest data on cetaceans and an impassioned argument for the ongoing need for international protection of at-risk populations and their increasingly damaged habitat.

Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises includes:

detailed profiles of 90 current species of cetaceans a report on the newly discovered species in the genus Berardius, a small black form related to the Baird's beaked whale fascinating sidebars that bring to life cetacean society and culture an enlightening discussion of the differences between dolphins and porpoises new information on the history and impact of whaling illustrations of each species by renowned artist Uko Gorter color photographs by world-famous marine photographer Brandon Cole, among others.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Marine researcher and conservationist Hoyt (Weird Sea Creatures, 2013) introduces readers to the field of cetaceans with this eye-catching and appealing work. Beginning with an overview of theintertwined history of whales and humans, the book's following sections provide context on methods of research at sea and an introduction to the basic biology (anatomy, migration,social behavior, and more) of cetaceans. Thought-provoking questions peppered throughout the text ontopics such as invasive research tools and recent whale strandings will help to keep the reader engaged. There are complete chapters devoted to baleenwhales, toothed whales, dolphins, and porpoises. The appendix comprises approximatelya quarter of the book's content, with profiles of 90 recognized species of cetaceans, including information on their length, weight, habitat and range, diet, socialnotes, and conservation status. The attractive layout features dazzling photos on almost every page spread. The book concludes with a list of waysindividuals can get involved as citizen scientists, in addition to a list ofsources and resources and an index. An accessible volume for school and public libraries.--Ostergard, Maren Copyright 2018 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Whale researcher Hoyt (Creatures of the Deep) provides readers with a vivid and informative introduction to the big splashy world of cetaceans. The encyclopedia highlights intriguing cetacean details, such as anatomical and behavioral differences between species. Readers learn that baleen whales have two blowholes and toothed whales have one. Baleen whales emit low-pitched sounds, while the toothed whales emit ultrasonic calls as well as echolocation clicks, biological sonar used for navigation and foraging. The author examines the controversy regarding the slaughter of some whale species to near extinction and the growth of the international conservation movement over the past 50 years. Hoyt persuasively argues that there is an urgent need to globally protect whales and their environment. The encyclopedia also has lots of information about dolphins and porpoises, including fun photos of dolphins with their classic, human-like smiles. The final chapter includes illustrations and fact boxes for all 90 cetaceans. There is enough scientific detail to make this an excellent reference book, and the beautiful color photos will also give it plenty of appeal for casual readers. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects catreq 11/13/17 dm
Publisher Buffalo, New York :Firefly Books Inc.,2017.
Edition First edition.
Contributors Cole, Brandon, photographer.
Gorter, Uko, illustrator.
Description 300 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781770859418
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