Marine Life Study Society
the European Atlantic
Bay of Biscay, English Channel, Celtic Sea and coastal SW Ireland
Dylan Walker and Graeme Cresswell
the illustrations by Robert Still
Standard UK P&P)
is the second edition of this comprehensive guide to the identification
of whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans) in
the European Atlantic. Until very recently, most researchers and whale-watchers
were unaware of the great variety of cetaceans that can be seen so close
to the shores of western Europe. Indeed, it is only during the last decade,
when detailed cetacean surveys have been carried out in earnest, that we
have discovered how important this area is for cetacean biodiversity.
field guide describes all of the 31 species of whale, dolphin and porpoise
that have occurred in the European Atlantic.
Dylan Walker and Alex Wilson
you would like to see whales and dolphins in British waters, Whales and
Dolphins of Great Britain is the book for you! A comprehensive and easy-to-use
field guide to all of the regularly seen species, it also shows you how,
where, and when to go and see these spectacular marine mammals, with 38
boat operators and 16 outstanding land-based viewpoints listed. The text
is packed with information on how to book a trip; including the species
that are likely to be seen, how to get there, and what photographic opportunities
are available. If you love whales and dolphins and enjoy seeing the British
countryside, this book is a must – you never know when you might need it!
and Dolphins of Great Britain is the first in a series of regional whale
and dolphin watching guides being published by Cetacea Publishing.
Publishing, Nook Farmhouse, Ashby
Road, Shepshed, Loughborough, LE12 9BS. Telephone: 0845 388 3053. Fax:
0845 108 6386.
designed by de Wilson-Wildman LLP
'Atlas of cetacean
distribution in north-west European waters'
publication by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) of an atlas
of their distribution in waters off north-western Europe. It is based
on the sightings made by hundreds of observers over the past 25 years.
The atlas is a first for these waters, and becomes the first globally to
take full account of the variation between areas in the amount of searching
that observers have carried out to gather the information.
on this text for the full information including ordering
£17.00 from the Natural History Book Service (www.nhbs.com),
or phone +44 (0)1803 865913.
Dolphins of the European Atlantic
Bay of Biscay and the English Channel
Graeme Cresswell & Dylan Walker
Rob Still & Phil Coles (artwork)
by Andy Swash
by Wild Guides
is the best and handiest small guide, and probably better than any of the
larger guides for identifying the cetaceans at sea.
are 14 colour plates which depict typical views of cetaceans at sea. They
have been produced using the latest digital image technology and include
images of some species never previously published. These photographs are
the real advantage of the book. The images are so good and depict their
appearance as seen by a viewer from a boat that should consideably help
with the tricky business of identifying the whales and dolphins.
text covers the key identification features of each species, emphasising
the differences between similar species and includes information on status,
behaviour and distribution. Colour distribution maps accompany the text
for each species.
book costs £8.00 plus £1.00 post and packing in the UK. Copies
of the book can be obtained from:
(Click on the text for the address)
& Dolphin Conservation Society
by Mark Carwardine,
Erich Hoyt, R. Ewan Fordyce, Peter Gill
OF THE WHALE
This book is the latest in the excellent new series by Collins on various
subjects of the natural world.
The amount of accurate information packed into its 288 pages is astounding
and it is a very good book to read to get informed about whales, dolphins
and porpoises throughout the world. Most, but not all, of the world's species
are included in the identification guide that shows colour photographs
of every featured species, which should be very helpful in the tricky job
of identifying them. The Harbor Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena, shows
only the fins in a very small photograph, but most of photographs show
the whole mammal, or in the case of the large whales a substantial proportion.
The strong point of the book is the general information on the whales and
dolphins and the undersea world in which they live, including conservation
issues, high-tech. research (including DNA fingerprinting), the mystery
of strandings, social behaviour, conservation issues, evolution and much
more. There is a chapter by Eric Hoyt of where to go to see the big whales
and a bibliography and list of organisations.
Mark Carwardine is well known as an expert on cetaceans and is excellent
standard of writing is maintained in this useful book.
by Erich Hoyt
Dolphin Conservation Society 1998
This is the story
of Atlantic whales by a serious science writer; an account of
whales in their
natural environment with information about the oceans so that
the reader can
appreciate the world in which the remnants of the whale
survive. There are 15 species of whales and a further 15 species
and porpoises in the north Atlantic Ocean.
There is lots
of interesting information in this 100 page glossy paperback and I
know from my
experience from enquiries that this book will answer many of
asked. The subject matter can be found in the index.
account reads more like a novel than a text book following the
whales on their
annual migrations. Almost every page has some of the best
I have seen in a book. After man has stopped the
of whales, they are still threatened extensively by
discarded fishing gear, and throughout the book these issues are
a way that promotes greater understanding rather than a scare
are some vivid descriptions of the behaviour of particular animals;
worth looking at in the book shop is the second paragraph on page
"Tail flukes moving up and down, blood pumping
furiously, an 80-foot-long female blue whale named June races into the
gulf, hunger gnawing at her multichambered stomach. Her stomach is the
size of a small blimp…"
This is a classic
book for all whale watchers and therefore should also appeal
to all fish
Basic book on whales:
ISBN 0 -905483-85-5
Sea Watch Foundation
My favourite guide:
GUIDE TO THE IDENTIFICATION
OF WHALES, DOLPHINS AND PORPOISES IN EUROPEAN SEAS
Peter G.H. Evans
Watch Foundation Publication, Oxford 1995
1 85716 193 9
Shetland Sea Mammal Report 1998