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Whales and Dolphins of Aotearoa: New ZealandArtist/Author: Todd, Barbara
Richly illustrated, entertaining and highly educational, Whales ‘Tohora’ brings the fascinating underwater world of cetaceans to life with a special focus on the whales and dolphins of the South Pacific. For centuries whales have captured our imaginations and ignited our emotions. We have revered and mythologised them, hunted them to the brink of extinction and passionately protected them. But how much do we really know about whales? Based on the hugely popular, internationally touring Te Papa exhibition ‘Whales ‘Tohora’, this all-new book brings these majestic marine mammals and their underwater world to life, with a special focus on the whales and dolphins of the South Pacific. From the first richly illustrated, entertaining chapter, readers are immersed in the salty sea – the home of the whales – to explore their amazing diversity, biology and adaption to life in the oceans. Throughout the book, hundreds of breath-taking photographs, historical pictures, astonishing facts and figures and informative illustrations and diagrams bring the whale world to life. Here, too, are stories from people whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales – from legendary South Pacific whale riders to international whale scientists to conservationists to former whalers and their families. A powerful combination of storytelling, science and culture reveals the relationship between whales and humans, now and into the future.
A photographic guide to Mammals of New Zealand.Artist/Author: King, Carolyn.
In prehistory, only a few bats, marine mammals and odd quadrupeds constituted New Zealand’s local land-breeding mammals; but today these have been joined by a throng of colonisers. These include several carnivores, rodents, and various hoofed mammals from Europe and North America, as well as several marsupials from Australia. Many are unwelcome: some have decimated native birds and reptiles, while others attack the bush; but all are now here to stay and are worthy of study for their interesting habits and ecological impact. In addition to these land mammals are more than two dozen native species of marine mammal, including dolphins and whales. This account from one of New Zealand’s premier mammalogists fills a gap in the market.