Winner of a BC 2000 Book Award & a BC Bestseller
This full-color field guide to the marine life of coastal British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Oregon & northern California is perfect for divers, boaters, beachcombers, & snorkellers of every experience level. The concise handbook is a ready reference to the 420 most common species that can be observed along the west coast.
The shorelines of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon & northern California are so generously populated with marine animals & plants that divers, beachcombers, whale watchers, naturalists & biologists from all over the world come here to enjoy the natural wonders of the coastline.
The gentle climate & warm ocean current of this region support thousands of plants & animals, from the microscopic planktonic algae that bloom & color the water, to the smallest snails on the seashore, to the blue whale, the largest animal on earth. The Pacific Northwest is home to the world's tallest anemone (plumose anemone) & many of the world's largest species, including the giant Pacific octopus, barnacle (giant barnacle) sea slug (orange peel nudibranch), intertidal clam (geoduck) & sea urchin (red sea urchin).
Whelks to Whales is designed for everyone from the expert biologist to the weekend naturalist & is a ready reference to the 420 most common species, the fascinating local sponges, jellyfish, crabs, shrimp, barnacles, clams, snails, seals, fish, whales, sea algae & hundreds of other living things that can be observed & identified without being disturbed.
This accessible full-color field guide is arranged for quick identification with color-coded sections, photographs of all species - most pictured in their natural habitat - & comprehensive but concise information on size, range, habitat & facts of interest about each species. With a glossary, checklist, reading list & full index included, Whelks to Whales is the only book you will need to identify & learn about the diverse marine life you are likely to encounter while exploring the waters & seashores of the Pacific Northwest.