By Sarah G. Allen, Joe Mortenson, Sophie Webb
From grey whales giving start within the lagoons of Baja California to sea otters nestled in kelp beds off California to killer whales residing round Vancouver Island—this astounding stretch of the Pacific Coast boasts essentially the most considerable populations of sea mammals in the world. this convenient interpretive box consultant describes the forty five whales, dolphins, seals, and otters which are resident in, migrate via, or forage from Baja in Mexico to British Columbia in Canada. The guide’s wealthy species money owed supply info on identity, normal background, distribution, and conservation. additionally they inform the place and the way those interesting animals can most sensible be considered. Introductory chapters provide normal info at the ecology, evolution, and taxonomy of marine mammals; at the Pacific Coast’s detailed setting; and at the courting among marine mammals and people from local cultures to at the present time. that includes many colour illustrations, images, drawings, and maps, this updated advisor illuminates a desirable workforce of animals and divulges a lot approximately their mysterious lives within the ocean.
Illustrated via Sophie Webb
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