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Whelks to Whales

Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, Newly Revised and expanded Third edition

by (author) Rick M. Harbo

Harbour Publishing Co. Ltd.
Initial publish date
May 2022
Marine Life, Reference
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2022
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  • Age: 8
  • Grade: 1858238-1853487


Newly revised and updated with additional photographs and up-to-date names, this full-colour field guide to the marine life of coastal British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and northern California is perfect for divers, boaters and beachcombers. It is a ready reference to more than 400 of the most common species: the fascinating local sponges, jellyfish, crabs, shrimp, barnacles, clams, snails, seals, fish, whales, sea algae and hundreds of other living things that can be observed and identified without being disturbed. The book is arranged for quick identification with colour-coded sections, full-colour photographs and comprehensive but concise information on size, range, habitat and facts of interest about each species. A glossary, checklist, reading list and full index are included.

This expanded third edition includes new material on identifying bivalves from their siphon shows, as well as current information on introduced and invasive marine species.

About the author

Rick M. Harbo, BSc, is the author of the bestselling Tidepool and Reef (Big Country Books, 1980), Shells and Shellfish of the Pacific Northwest (Harbour Publishing, 1997), Pacific Reef and Shore (Harbour Publishing, 2017) and the award-winning Whelks to Whales (Harbour Publishing, 2011). Harbo is a diver and a retired senior marine biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He currently volunteers as a research associate with the Royal BC Museum. Harbo lives in Nanaimo, BC.

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Librarian Reviews

Whelks to Whales: Coastal Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, Revised Second Edition

This is an essential guide for anyone doing beach studies or marine biology on the west coast. The introduction explains marine habitat and environment and is followed by sections on marine conservation and scientific classification. Twelve illustrated chapters provide details of species from jellyfish to bull kelp, sponges to porpoises. Each species is identified with its common name, photograph, scientific classification, size, range, habitat, description and comment. A glossary and map are useful inclusions.

This is a revised and expanded version of the 1999 edition. It includes 60 new species and a section on eggs and egg masses.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2012-2013.

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