Imagine watching Minke Whales in the light of the midnight sun in Iceland; snorkelling with a wild Bottlenose Dolphin; or sharing a day with a group of Blue Whales against a spectacular backdrop of snow-capped mountains. These are just a few of the whale - and dolphinwatching experiences now available in different parts of Europe, which is rapidly becoming a hotspot for this exhilarating activity. From Scotland and Ireland to Spain and Norway, there are tours to suit every taste: comfortable half-day excursions to two- or three-week expeditions. The first book of its kind covering Britain and Europe, Mark Carwardine's "Guide to WhaleWatching" is the definitive guide to watching whales, dolphins and porpoises in those waters. A fascinating introduction to whales and whalewatching is followed by a detailed field guide with spectacular illustrations, identification and behaviour tips, dive sequences and distribution maps for all the cetaceans of Europe. The main part of the book provides a comprehensive guide to Europe's major whalewatching sites, covering 19 countries in all.
Mark Carwardine is a zoologist, writer and broadcaster with an interest in marine wildlife. He has written over 40 books, including several bestsellers, and advises governments on whale-watch regulations. Mark worked for several conservation organizations, including the World Wide Fund for Nature. Mark presents the weekly half-hour programme Nature on BBC Radio 4 and is Advisory Editor to The Good Book Guide. He lives in Bristol.