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Introduces the physiology, habitats, feeding, and behavior of different types of whales and discusses whale watching

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Taken from Chapter 10: How whales communicate Humpback whales, which hunt and feed in groups, use sound to help catch the fish. One or two whales lead the pod. One whale sings a feeding song, which frightens fish that the pod is hunting into a tight group. The entire pod lunges through the water, scooping up mouthfuls of food as shown below. After whales have hunted together a number of times, each member of the pod performs its specific task each time the group hunts.
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Grade 2-4-This rather simplistic introduction to cetaceans is full of color photos and illustrations, with some terms in bold print that are either defined in the text or in the brief glossary. The text in the short chapters is broken into "titled" paragraphs, leading readers quickly to desired facts. General information on whales as well as on a variety of species is included. Physiology, general biology, and habitats are briefly explored. Sections on "Whale watching" and "Whales in danger" are also here, along with three out-of-step pages in which Kalman reports on her own experiences whale watching in Hawaii. The author includes her own "imaginings" as to the thoughts that the whales were entertaining at the time. While interesting, they strike a somewhat discordant note in an otherwise factual work. A small carp: at one point readers are told that "River dolphins are the only cetaceans that live in freshwater habitats-" but belugas regularly enter rivers, and a resident population in the St. Lawrence has been severely affected by pollutants in that waterway. One of a burgeoning series, this title is adequate, if workaday.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • PublisherCrabtree Classics
  • Publication date2000
  • ISBN 10 0865059535
  • ISBN 13 9780865059535
  • BindingPaperback
  • Number of pages32

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