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Offshore Sea Life ID Guide:
East Coast
Steve N. G. Howell & Brian L. Sullivan

Paperback | 2015 | $14.95 | £12.95 | ISBN: 9780691166216
64 pp. | 5 x 8 | 120 color photos.
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Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast

Two-thirds of our planet lies out of sight of land, just offshore beyond the horizon. What wildlife might you see out there? This handy guide, designed for quick use on day trips off the East Coast, helps you put a name to what you find, from whales and dolphins to shearwaters, turtles, and even flying fish. Carefully crafted color plates show species as they typically appear at sea, and expert text highlights identification features. Essential for anyone heading out on a whale-watching or birding trip, this guidebook provides a handy gateway to the wonders of the ocean.

  • Over 100 color photos and composite plates
  • Includes whales, dolphins, birds, sharks, turtles, flying fish, and more
  • Accessible and informative text reveals what to look for
  • Great for beginners and experts alike

Steve N.G. Howell is an international bird tour leader with WINGS and a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences. His other books include Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America and The Amazing World of Flyingfish (both Princeton). Brian L. Sullivan is eBird program codirector and photographic editor for Birds of North America Online at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and a coauthor of The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors (Princeton). Howell and Sullivan are the coauthors of Offshore Sea Life ID Guide: West Coast (Princeton).


"[T]his handy little booklet . . . serves as a pocket-guide to sort out both the most commonly seen, as well as rarer species you might come across. Slender enough to slip into your purse, this is not an exhaustive catalog of flora and fauna, nor is it an in-depth exploration of behavior or ecosystem dynamics. Instead it is exactly what the casually interested wildlife observer will want to have when on an offshore vacation--simple, concise, accurate and presented in a friendly, conversational way."

"This is a neat little book that fits handily in the pocket, and I can easily see myself using it while ‘on deck'. Surely most naturalists would want to follow up by consulting specialized (and often weighty) texts before or after the trip, but while at sea, it will be hard to beat Howell and Sullivan's offering."--Steve Shultz, Carolina Bird Club Newsletter

Table of Contents:

Introduction 5
Acknowledgments 11
Some Words Explained 11
Marine Mammals 12
Whales 12
Pilot Whales and Beaked Whales 16
Dolphins 18
Rarer Whales and Dolphins 22
Seabirds 26
Gulls 26
Shearwaters and Petrels 28
Storm-Petrels 32
Alcids 34
Phalaropes 39 Terns 40
Jaegers 42
Skuas 44
Tropicbirds 45
Gannet and Boobies 46
Frigatebird 47 Rarer Seabirds 48
Sea Turtles 50
Flyingfish and Flying Squid 52
Other Fish 55
Billfish and Sharks 56
Other Big Fish 58
Rarer Big Fish 59
Seaweeds 60
Jellyfish and Cousins 61
Landbirds 62
Species Codes, Scientific Names, and Index 63

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