Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Pacific Coast is an easy-to-use, 12-panel identification guide to 32 species of cetaceans that occur in the northeastern Pacific from Alaska to California. This convenient guide is designed to help quickly identify resident and migratory baleen whales, and toothed whales that include: sperm whales, beaked whales, killer whales, pilot whales, dolphins and porpoises.
Each species illustration is highly detailed, scientifically accurate, and rendered in stunning full-color. The illustrations are accompanied by common and scientific names, adult lengths, and concise text that highlights key features, habitat, range, and ecology.
This foldable and durable guide is light weight, weather proof and easily fits into a pocket, glove compartment, backpack, tote, or boat console. Whale watchers, naturalists, students, and teachers alike will find it to be an excellent resource on the water, in the classroom, at home, or in the office.
Size: 4”x 9” folded; 9” x 24.5” unfolded.
Val Kells is an author and highly regarded Marine Science Illustrator whose specialty is marine and brackish water fishes. Her work is precise, highly detailed and scientifically accurate.
Val recently illustrated, designed and co-authored “A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: from Alaska to California.” This four-and-a-half year project includes almost 700 species descriptions and over 950 illustrations of Pacific coast fishes that occur from the border of Canada to the border of Mexico. This important book is the companion to “A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: from Maine to Texas,” which she also co-authored and designed and for which she produced 1,079 full-color illustrations. Other notable books that feature her work include “Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay” and the forthcoming “Tunas and Billfishes of the World.”
Val has also developed and produced thousands of full-color, black-and-white and mixed-media identification and interpretive illustrations for permanent and temporary displays at over 30 public aquariums, museums and nature centers both in the US and abroad.
Val received her degree in Environmental Science and Science Communication and Illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1986. An avid fisherman and naturalist, Val loves exploring and spending time on the water with family and friends.
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