Whale Rescue is the latest addition to the acclaimed Firefly Animal Rescue series. Written by an accomplished expert and illustrated with color photographs, this book is a solid reference on both whales and the ongoing efforts to protect them.
This book covers whale physiology, diet, lifespan, complex behaviors and habitats. Specific whale species covered in detail are:
Whale conservationists and their efforts to protect whale populations are profiled. Also addressed are the pros and cons of extreme measures used against illegal whalers, such as ramming whaling boats and destroying fishnets. A full list of organizations dedicated to protecting whales is provided for readers who want to help.
About the Firefly Animal Rescue series:
The Firefly Animal Rescue identifies endangered and threatened species and what is being done to protect them. Combining lively, accessible text and stunning color photographs, each book provides a detailed overview of the species, describing its characteristics, behavior, habits, physiology and more.
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Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on, beneath or near the sea, working with whales and dolphins and for marine conservation. He is co-director of the Far East Russio Orca Project and Senior Research Fellow with the Whale and Dolphin Conservaton Society.
Giants of the sea
Whales are magnificent examples of life -- beautiful, enormous, intelligent and highly social.
The largest of the cetaceans (pronounced se-TAY-shuns), a group of mammals that also includes dolphins and porpoises, whales are divided into two groups. Baleen whales -- such as humpback, right, fin and blue whales -- feed on anything from tiny plankton to small schooling fish, which they strain from the sea. Toothed whales -- such as the sperm whale and orca -- hunt mainly fish and squid. Orcas also take seals and other large sea creatures, including other whales.
Whales are champion swimmers and divers. They have a thick layer of blubber to protect them from the cold. The blue whale, at up to 110 feet (33.5 m) and 214 tons (190,000 kg), is the largest animal that has ever lived.
People have hunted whales for centuries, and several species -- blue, humpback, right, gray and bowhead -- were close to extinction before most of the killing finally stopped. Yet every year, Japan and Norway continue to harpoon more than a thousand whales, and the animals face other threats from overfishing, entanglement in fishing gear, boat traffic and pollution.
Life in the 21st century can be hazardous and uncertain for the giants of the sea, but conservationists are fighting hard to make a place for whales.
Giants of the sea