Arctic: A guide to coastal wildlife by Tony SoperArctic: A guide to coastal wildlife by Tony Soper

Arctic: A guide to coastal wildlife

byTony Soper, Dan Powell

Paperback | April 17, 2012

Pricing and Purchase Info

$23.58 online 
$26.50 list price save 11%
Earn 118 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


An engaging and beautifully illustrated guide to the birds, animals and marine life of the Arctic Ocean and its polar fringes. Tony Soper's expert knowledge is richly supplemented with full-color illustrations by award-winning wildlife artist Dan Powell. This edition includes a new section on the distinct flora and fauna of the Bering Sea, an area about to see a significant increase in visitor numbers as a result of changes in the ice cover. Many expedition operators recommend this guide. Tony Soper has presented programmes for the BBC. Dan Powell is an award-winning illustrator.
Title:Arctic: A guide to coastal wildlifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.68 inPublished:April 17, 2012Publisher:Bradt Travel GuidesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1841623806

ISBN - 13:9781841623801

Look for similar items by category:


Read from the Book

Typically, belugas swim steadily along the surface, unlike most other whales, breathing in a rather thin steamy burst a couple of times a minute. They spend a lot of time under the pack ice, with the broad and flexible head used as a cushion to lift the floes in order to breathe. They can break through as much as 100cm of solid ice.They are a talkative species - a 'gam' of belugas would be the perfect description for a pod whose species was known to whalers as the sea canary because of its varied and musical vocabulary. They indulge in trills, clicks, squeals, bell sounds, whistles and raspberries, sounds which are heard clearly above the surface.

Table of Contents

Terrestrial animalsMarine animalsNew appendix covering Bering Sea to include:Fish: Silver salmon, Hump-backed salmonBirds: Snow goose, Sooty shearwater, Short-tailed shearwater, Bald eagle, Horned puffin, Tufted puffin, Common murre, Pigeon guillemot, Crested auklet, Parakeet auklet, Least auklet, Marbled murrelet, Kittlitz's murrelet, Ancient murrelet, Cassin's auklet, Whiskered auklet, Rhinoceros auklet, Red-necked phalarope, Wilson's phalarope, Glaucous-winged gull, Herring gull, Mew gull, Aleutian tern, Red-legged kittiwake, Short-tailed albatross, Laysan albatross, Blackfooted albatross, Harlequin duck (and in molt on water), Fork-tailed storm petrel, Leach's petrel, Red-faced cormorant, Pelagic cormorantMammals: Grey whale, Sei whale, Long-finned pilot whale, White-sided dolphin, Stellers sealion, Northern fur seal, Harbour seal, Sea otter, Suslik Arctic ground squirrel, Spermophilus undulatusPlants hanseatic log cloudberriesTanaga Island Seabeach senecio, Senecio pseudo-arnicaCape Shalaurov-Izba: Dwarf willow, Dryas, Knotweed, Cottongrass, Draba, Alpine saxifrageWrangel: Wooly lousewort, Spider plant, Nodding lynchisKolyuchin Island: Mountain sorrel, Boreal Jacob's ladder, Lapland butterbur, Scurvy grass, Glaucous gentian, Yellow mountain saxifrage, Knotweed, chickweed, Monkshood Aconitum delphinifolium, Cowparsley, Arctic fireweed, Northern wormwood, Purplish braya

Editorial Reviews

'A beautifully written, engaging text...exquisitely illustrated.' WWF Arctic Bulletin "A beautifully written, engaging text by polar veteran Tony Soper describes the habits and life histories of widespread species, which have been exquisitely illustrated in watercolour." WWF Arctic Bulletin