Whale Watcher

A global guide to watching whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild

Trevor Day

Whale watching is one of the fastest-growing tourist activities in the world, attracting over four million people every year. This sumptuously illustrated book brings the exhilarating experience of whale watching to life for the whale and dolphin enthusiast.

ISBN:
978 0565 09212 2
Format:
Paperback
Price:
£12.99
Published:
October 2006
Size:
280 x 216 mm
Extent:
160 pp
Illustrations:
Colour throughout
Publisher:
Natural History Museum

Details

Whales, dolphins and porpoises are known collectively as cetaceans. Whale Watcher describes the world’s species currently recognised with feature spreads on over 40 of the most frequently watched and fascinating species. For easy identification, families and species are described in descending order of size, from the blue whale to the tiniest dolphins and porpoises.

Stunning action photography of each species is coupled with watching information, including guidance on where and when to watch, and how to identify the species from its behaviour and physical characteristics.

The natural history and habitat of each animal is described, as well as the latest research on topics such as cetacean communication and social structure. There is also information on endangered species, responsible watching and conservation that make this an essential and comprehensive visual reference.

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Author

Trevor Day trained as a zoologist and marine biologist before working for the United Nations Development Programme. 

He has written on whales, dolphins and porpoises in leading UK newspapers and magazines, including The Economist, Geographical and The Telegraph. 

His recent publications include Exploring the Ocean (Oxford University Press) and Marine Science on File (Facts on File).

Whale strandings

Whale strandings and the Natural History Museum

In 1324, all cetaceans (whales and dolphins) were considered ‘Fishes Royal’ and claimed for the Crown. Today the Natural History Museum is part of the National Whale Stranding Recording Scheme to which all stranded whales in the UK should be reported, alive or dead. 

A surprisingly wide range of species have been found in UK waters including blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), killer whale (Orcinus orca) and beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas).

Reviews

Find out what others think of this book.

"This glossy Natual History Museum book provides plenty of inspiration and useful whale facts…with stunning action photography."

Traveller Magazine

"It covers everything you will need to know in order to grasp the basics of cetaceans."

Birding World

"When you hear of a new book being published by the NHM you expect a certain quality and this does not disappoint."

Irish Whale & Dolphin Group

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