Meeting the Whales: The Equinox Guide to Giants of the Deep

Meeting the Whales: The Equinox Guide to Giants of the Deep




In the deep, dark canyons of the sea live the largest animals on Earth: the heart of the blue whale is the size of a sports car, the eye of a right whale is the size of a grapefruit, and the 'wing span' of a humpback's flippers can reach 12 metres. In "Meeting the Whales," author Erich Hoyt pieces together the life histories of the enigmatic giants that swim the waters of the northern hemisphere. Hoyt has spent years working with these mammals, and his fascination and empathy for them is evident in "Meeting the Whales."

Bringing us face-to-face both with these intriguing creatures and the scientists who study them, Hoyt leads us through the underwater world of whales, investigating their unique communication skills and feeding and mating behaviors, their remarkable migrations and their astounding acrobatics. Beautifully illustrated by whale specialist Pieter Folkens, and the work of the world's best wildlife photographers, "Meeting the Whales" is a unique contribution to the study of this increasingly rare animal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780921820253
Publisher: Camden House Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/01/1991
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on, beneath or near the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation. The acclaimed author of Creatures of the Deep, Orca: The Whale Called Killer, Riding With the Dolphins, The Earth Dwellers and Insect Lives, Hoyt lives in Scotland.

Table of Contents


Whale Biology
How Big Are Whales?
Kinds of Whales
Fact and Fiction
Where Did Whales Come From?
In Motion: Champion Swimmers and Divers
How Whales Perceive Their World
The Animals That Live on Whales
Whale Migrations

Baleen Whales
Gray Whale
Minke Whale
Sei Whale
Bryde's Whale
Fin Whale
Blue Whale
Humpback Whale
Northern Right Whale
Bowhead Whale

Toothed Whales
Sperm Whale
Pygmy and Dwarf Sperm Whales
Beaked Whales
Northern Bottlenose Whale
Cuvier's Beaked Whale
Baird's Beaked Whale
Blainville's Beaked Whale
Hubb's Beaked Whale

Whale Behaviour
Fighting and Playing
The Singing of Whales
Family Life

Whales and Humans
Whaling and the Status of Whales
Whale Watching
Identifying Whales at Sea
How to Photograph a Whale at Sea
Communicating With Whales
Whales and the Future of the World Ocean

Further Reading and Conversion Chart

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