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Marine Related Books - Reviews 

Whales Dolphins and Porpoises (Eyewitness Handbooks) 
by Mark Carwardine, Martin Camm (Illustrator) 
The Eyewitness Handbooks series, so popular with young readers, is now producing illustration-packed books for adults. In this guide to whales, dolphins, and porpoises, arranged by family orders, Carwardine explains that new species of these elusive creatures are still being discovered. The book's description of 79 species is based upon the author's and illustrator's own observations and the works of many other specialists. General information on diet, habitat, anatomy, behavior, and conservation 
prefaces the specific descriptions. For the casual whale watcher or earnest conservation buff, here is an invaluable guide. Glossary and association addresses included. Denise Perry Donavin Copyright© 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title  -- From Booklist

Among Whales by Roger Payne 
Booknews, Inc. , October 1, 1995 Payne, an activist, romantic, explorer, and musician as well as the world's leading expert on whales, embraces a rich variety of subjects and disciplines in his presentation on the state of our knowledge about whales, touching on biology, sociology, cultural mythology, philosophy, and literature. He considers questions concerning the evolving composition of seawater, whales' songs, and the purpose of the human brain. The appendix offers a primer of ocean acoustics. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.  -- Book News
Baby Whales Drink Milk by Barbara Esbensen and Lambert Davis 
Barbara Esbensen and Lambert Davis dive into the ocean to explain why a whale is a mammal--and not just a big fish. This new "Let's Read and Find Out" science book explains the defining characteristics of mammals and how all mammals nurture their babies to help them grow up. Full color.  -- Synopsis
Masters of the Ocean Realm:  Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises by 
John E. Heyning 
Published in conjunction with a traveling exhibition of the same name, organized by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Abundant color photos accompany information-packed text covering the biology and evolution of whales, dolphins, and porpoises; the challenges of research; conservation; and whales and people--Greek and Minoan civilizations, the Tlingit, 19th-century New England, and the Eskimo. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.  -- Booknews, Inc.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fishes, Whales, and Dolphins 
by Herbert T. Boschung, David K. Caldwell, Melba C. Caldwell (Editor) 
Book Description 
This delightful field guide features 585 full-color photographs of marine and freshwater fishes, 30 photographs and 45 paintings of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, and 24 pictures of freshwater and saltwater habitats. 529 species are described in detailed written accounts-with information on measurements; body shape and color; scales, fins, and gills; habitat; range; and behavior-and 400 other species are briefly noted. Poisonous or otherwise dangerous fish are distinguished by a warning symbol.  --
Song for the Blue Ocean: Encounters Along the World's Coasts and Beneath the Seas by Carl Safina 
  ...a heartbreaking requiem for the world's aquatic resources... a plaintive, sensitive, caring, intelligent, indignant paean to his beloved waters and their threatened inhabitants. His book will make you mad as hell; it will make you marvel at the wonders he describes (his descriptions of bluefin tuna, like the great fish themselves, are poetry), and it will make you glad there is someone like him to devote his life to the preservation of the Earth's most fragile and misunderstood ecosystems.... It should be a clarion call for people who think that creatures of the depths (or the shallows) are safe from the voracious predations of fishermen. I loved this book, but I hated what it was about. It was like reading a brilliant description of Auschwitz or Hiroshima. It is a frightening, important book. Read it and weep.  -- The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Richard Ellis
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Seashore Creatures by Norman A. Meinkoth 
Each of the 690 identification pictures is a full-color photograph of a seashore creature. Arrangement by shape and by color makes identification quick and easy. 666 species are covered in full detail.  -- Book Description
Peterson First Guide to Seashores by John C. Kricher, Roger T. Peterson 
This informative guide introduces ten coastal environments and more than 300 plants and animals--from the commonplace, such as gulls and kelp, to the less familiar species like sea cucumbers and giant baracudas. 319 color illustrations.  --This Synopsis refers to the paperback edition of this title.
The Conscientious Marine Aquarist: A Commonsense Handbook for Successful Saltwater Hobbyists by Robert M. Fenner, Robert T. Fenner, Paul Humann (Photog.), Scott Michael (Photog.) 
A leading advocate for the responsible collection and care of wild-caught specimens, Robert Fenner starts with the basics and proceeds to give the reader the scientific background and advanced secrets of successful marine aquarium stewardship. His pragmatic, hands-on-guide demystifies the process of planning, setting up, stocking, and managing a beautiful, thriving slice of the tropical ocean. Full-color photos throughout.  -- Synopsis
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freshwater Aquariums (Complete Idiot's Gudie Series) by Mike Wickham 
 wonderfully humorous book for beginners looking for a hand.  Everything from how to pick a pet store and fish to diseases and breeding, this book has it. He even lists sample shopping lists for various sized tanks for equipment and fish themselves. I highly recommend this book for beginners in the freshwater fish aquariums.  -- A reader from Portland, Oregon , September 9, 1998
Sealife: A Complete Guide to the Marine Environment  by Geoffrey Waller (Editor), Marc Dando (Contributor), Richard Hull (Editor) Brimming with illustrations, essays by experts on marine biology, and descriptions of more than 600 species, SeaLife is the most comprehensive reference available in a single volume to the vast panorama of vertebrate and invetebrate creatures inhabiting the world's oceans and shores. 56 color plates. 1,000 illustrations. 75 maps.  -- Synopsis,
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