Marine mammals are one of the most exciting parts of the Alaska experience. Marine Mammals of Alaska is an essential field guide written especially for recreational viewers. Whether you are on your first trip or an old-timer, knowledge and understanding of marine mammal behavior will increase your enjoyment of these incredible creatures. Covering all Alaska species of whales, seals, and dolphins, as well as otters and polar bears, this handy guide will help you tell the difference between a harbor seal and a ringed seal or an orca and a minke.
Durable, water-resistant pages combined with full-color photographs and easy-to-use distribution maps promote fast and accurate identification on the water, while information on food habits and habitat can be enjoyed at a more leisurely pace. In addition, each mammal is depicted in silhouette profile so you can make direct comparisons between species. A glossary and list of Alaska Native names for sea mammals round out the perfect guidebook to take on a quick trip to the coast or on an extended voyage. If you can only buy one book on the marine mammals of Alaska, make sure it's this one.
Kate Wynne is the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program's marine mammal specialist and an associate professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Based in Kodiak, Alaska, she has been involved in the documentation and mitigation of marine mammal interactions with humans throughout the United States for more than two decades.
Published by Alaska Sea Grant College Program and distributed by the University of Alaska Press.