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Whales ❮Read❯ ➱ Whales ➵ Author Kelsey Oseid – Thomashillier.co.uk A gorgeously illustrated entertaining and educational guide to the wonderful whales dolphins and porpoises of the world Some of the world's most fascinating and beloved animals cetaceans have captivat A gorgeously illustrated entertaining and educational guide to the wonderful Whales dolphins and porpoises of the world Some of the world's most fascinating and beloved animals cetaceans have captivated the human imagination for centuries Whales An Illustrated Celebration explores the most interesting and illuminating facts about these marine mammals from the enormous blue whale which has a heart the size of a car to the river dolphin which is pink Gorgeously illustrated with full color art on every page this giftable guide delves into cetaceans' mysterious evolution from land to water mammals their place in mythology and their ecology habitats and behaviors such as singing fluking beaching bubble feeding and Perfect for nature and animal lovers from eight to eighty Whales also covers the current state of wild and captive cetaceans worldwide why we should care and what we can do to help our beautiful marine mammal friends.

10 thoughts on “Whales

  1. Jenna Jenna says:

    Kelsey Oseid's illustrations apparently scientifically accurate but also appealingly tinged with personality and emotion make the enormous amount of up to date information in this book surprisingly digestible I thought I knew a lot about whales before but I now realize my previous knowledge was uite scattershot not grasping the intricacies of cetacean taxonomy meant I used to be confused about which whales are closely related to which which can echolocate and which cannot etc In hindsight this is not surprising without a good teacher taxonomy can be as dry a subject as Biblical genealogies all those hard to remember polysyllabic names slushing through the sieve of one's mind By providing a color illustration of each whale species alongside one or two distinctive and memorable facts about it eg the northern bottlenose whale Hyperoodon ampullatus is known for refusing to leave its wounded companions which made it vulnerable to whalers and by presenting each species in the context of its genus and family Oseid made whale taxonomy legible to me for the first time Likewise her pictures make distinctions like the difference between the whale behaviors of breaching and spy hopping clearer than a thousand words could The book includes sections on whale evolution feeding habitats familial and social life and interactions with humans including environmentalist considerations Though this book is seemingly intended for adults the language while perfectly lucid is not simplified to the level typically associated with children's books I think it could still be appropriate as a gift for all ages younger children could start by focusing on the images and gradually grow into the words

  2. Shan Shan says:

    Fabulously illustrated and full of fun whale facts a one sitting delight and a must read for the cetacean mad

  3. Maria Maria says:

    A simple illustrated book on whales that takes little time to read it is full of information that I found fascinating We had a gray whale out front yesterday They don't usually winter here This book mentions how far some gray whales travel between mating and feeding grounds We are a feeding ground Some have gone as far as 14000 miles Other intriguing tidbits? The blue whale is bigger than any dinosaur that ever lived There are some deep ocean beaked whales that have never been observed in the wild We only know about them because of strandings Some whales have already gone extinct River whales exist One is already probably extinct and the other about to be because of our choice in polluting our rivers There is so much CO2 in the air now that it is acidifying the water which may be killing off the food that whales eat and ruining their habitat All that water 70th of the world's surface and it still isn't safe On the plus side many whale species that were almost hunted to extinction by the mid 1900's are now coming back in numbers And my personal favorite A humpback whale was sighted turning over on its back and putting a baby seal that had been bumped off its ice by Orcas on its stomach and carrying it to safety Isn't nature amazing?

  4. Julie Julie says:

    “Whales An Illustrated Celebration” is a delightful overview of cetaceans their evolution habitats interactions and relationship to humans The illustrations are detailed enough to be very informative but are also high uality art pieces in themselves The book is simple enough to be a read aloud for children but informational enough to be interesting to adults I highly recommend the book to anyone even slightly interested in whales or life in the ocean

  5. Lydia Lydia says:

    1010 whale facts 1210 illustrations recommended for a higher reading level in terms of kid non fic but otherwise go for it

  6. Kaley Kaley says:

    I bought this for my partner for Christmas and we sat down and read it together I was first drawn to the gorgeous illustrations but they're not all this book has going for it There's so much new information as well especially if like me you know next to nothing about whales to begin with but it's delivered in such a way that it never feels info dumpy and we gladly read the whole book in one sitting

  7. Maisie Iven Maisie Iven says:

    Beautiful art great facts Information is easy to read and follow and the art keeps you engaged throughoutFour not five stars because the trim size made it kind of an awkward book to read I couldn’t bring it with me places easily and it doesn’t live on a book shelf well because it’s so long Overall highly highly recommend especially if you love the ocean

  8. Sadie Burgher Sadie Burgher says:

    What a beautiful book It was utterly delightful to spend the past and hour and a half immersed in these gorgeously illustrated pages learning a bit about the majesty of cetaceans Pro tip read this while listening to Songs of the Humpback Whale recorded by conservationist Frank Watlington whose work is mentioned in the book

  9. Brianna | RainyDaysAndStormyNights Brianna | RainyDaysAndStormyNights says:

    This is such an easily digestible place to start if you're interested in whales but overwhelmed by all of the science that comes with learning about them The illustrations are stunning and I absolutely love that there's a how to help whales page at the back I want everyone to read this Whales are the best

  10. Bookish Bookish says:

    Gorgeous and instructive

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