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Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast    by Sarah Allen, Joe Mortenson & Sophie Webb order for
Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast
by Sarah Allen
Order:  USA  Can
University of California, 2011 (2011)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Covering the area of the Pacific Coast from Baja and California to British Columbia, this handy interpretive field guide describes the 45 whales, dolphins, seals and otters that are reside in, migrate through, or forage in this vast area.

The authors provide details on identification, natural history, distribution and conservation. They also offer information on when, where and how these animals can best be viewed.

Before you get into the detailed and well illustrated sections devoted to each species you'll discover introductory chapters addressing ecology, evolution and taxonomy of marine mammals plus information on the Pacific Coast's unique environment. There's also a section devoted to looking at the relationship between marine mammals and human cultures, from native cultures to today.

With its 132 color illustrations, 22 color plates, 22 line illustrations, and 45 maps, this comprehensive guide is all you will need when you head for the coast for a day of whale watching or just to enjoy some offshore boating.

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