A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
Marine Mammals, Seabirds, Fish, and Other Sea Life
Noble S. Proctor and Patrick J. Lynch; Illustrated by Patrick J. Lynch
June 11, 2005
256 pages, 4-3/8 x 7-3/16
299 maps + color illus.
This beautifully illustrated guide covers an unprecedented range of species that may be sighted along the coastline or offshore by the whale watcher, bird watcher, fisher, boating enthusiast, or natural history buff. Designed in a handy pocket size, the book provides concise information for identifying the invertebrates, mammals, birds, turtles, fish, sharks and rays, and even floating seaweeds and common algae that live along the Atlantic coast and offshore from North Carolina to the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
With range maps and text on pages directly opposite the full-color illustrations, the book makes identification of more than two hundred species of offshore wildlife quick and easy. Special features include full-page spreads to compare similar species of seabirds, and inserts to help identify whales by their blowhole patterns, diving, and other behaviors.
Those with an interest in ocean life know that surprises often appear dangling at the end of a fishing line, floating beside the boat, washed up on the shore, or flying overhead. This is the ultimate guide for those who are curious about such creatures and the marine environment in which they dwell.
"Every sailor, recreational boater, ferry passenger, and all our ships at sea should have this book."—Alan H. Brush, University of Connecticut, Emeritus
"The Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife, with its broad approach, clear illustrations and crisp descriptions, serves as a powerful reminder of what is at stake in our offshore environment."—Gerard N. Burrow, M.D., Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
"Proctor and Lynch have produced a pelagic masterpiece, describing North Atlantic wildlife from algae to whales. The field guide is beautifully illustrated and marvelously clear."—Gerard N. Burrow, M.D., Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
"The depth and detail found in this guide is equaled only by the richness of the environment that is its focus. Don’t leave shore without it."—Pete Dunne, Vice President for Natural History Information, New Jersey Audubon Society
"A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife a great summary book—it is attractive, easily accessed, and should quickly open the public's eyes to the wonders of our amazing world."—Tom Bergh, Maine Island Kayak Company
"This guide provides a handy, beautifully illustrated, single reference to the many marine organisms most likely to be encountered in North Atlantic waters, and it should be particularly useful for anyone making offshore whale watching excursions."—Wayne R. Petersen, Swarovski Birding Community
“Wherever one goes along the New England coast this summer, Yale’s new Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife will be an indispensable companion.”—Michael Kenney, Boston Sunday Globe
“A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife will appeal to those beachcombers and boaters who will be mobbing the coastal waters this summer, have an interest in wildlife, but don’t want to carry a backpack full of field guides to this, that and the other creature with them.”—Steve Grant, Hartford Courant
"There is nothing out there, in a handsome package that fits in a back pocket, that provides a more comprehensive look at the species you're likely to see on a trip offshore. . . . An incredible amount of information. . . . The book is a joy to peruse."—Bruce Fellman, Timeout