Practical and portable, this is the ultimate field guide to the world's cetaceans. This outstanding new field guide to whales, dolphins and porpoises is the most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date guide to these popular mammals. With more than 500 accurate and detailed illustrations - complete with detailed annotations pointing out the most significant field marks - this new field guide covers all 93 species and every subspecies in the world. Many of the world's most respected whale biologists have collaborated on the concise text, which is packed with helpful identification tips from cetacean expert, Mark Carwardine. Mark's informative text is accompanied by up-to-date distribution maps for each species. Beautifully designed, to ensure critical information is quickly accessible, this is an indispensable resource that every whale-watcher will want to carry out to sea.

Contents: How to use this book The challenges of identification Cetacean topography Quick ID guides Right and bowhead whales Pygmy right whale Grey whale Rorquals Sperm whales Narwhal and beluga Beaked whales Blackfish Shorter-beaked oceanic dolphins Longer-beaked oceanic dolphins River dolphins Porpoises Caring for whales, dolphins and porpoises Glossary Species checklist Sources and resources Artists' biographies Image credits Acknowledgements Index