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 Orca scientists
 Author: Perez Valice, Kim

 Illustrator: Comins, Andy

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 Pub Year: 2018

 Dewey: 599.53
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 79 p., ill. (chiefly col.), col. map, 24 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 901737 ISBN: 9780544898264
 Ages: 10-12 Grades: 5-7

 Subjects:
 Killer whales
 Killer whales -- Conservation
 Marine biologists -- United States

Price: $21.41

Summary:
Follow the scientists working in the Pacific Northwest to learn about the orca whale population there, as they race to save these remarkable mammals from extinction.

Series:
Scientists In The Field (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 7.50
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 195848

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/18)
   School Library Journal (07/01/18)
   Booklist (06/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 06/01/2018 With plenty of full-color photos and quotes from working researchers, this installment in the always reliable Scientists in the Field series offers readers a glimpse into the day-to-day work of tracking orcas. Based in the San Juan Islands in Washington, the Center for Whale Research has been tracking pods of resident orcas for more than 30 years, photographing the whales when they migrate to the region in the summer, keeping a record of their births and deaths, and trying to answer questions about both whale behavior and threats to the orca populations, with a variety of research methods, including scat analysis (aided by scenting dogs!), drone photography, and underwater audio recordings. Valice interviews the scientists about their work, explains how declining fish populations and pollutants can affect orca health, addresses the inhumane practice of keeping orcas in captivity, and demonstrates the importance of one particular pod to the Samish Indian Nation. Closing with a rousing call to action, this illuminating look at working scientists will appeal to aspiring marine biologists or whale-lovers. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 Gr 4–8—In this new addition to the series, Valice takes readers on a journey to the Pacific Northwest to explore the work of biologists studying orca whales. The prologue provides background information about the early days of tracking the marine mammals. Dr. Mike Bigg started counting and classifying them in the early 1970s out of concern for the number in captivity, and readers learn about developments and advancements since then. Scientists use photography and drones to identify orcas, examine their scat, and deploy hydrophones or underwater microphones to assess the impact of nearby boats. The images enhance readers' understanding of the text, and throughout there are sidebars that provide a deeper dive into topics, such as the Samish Indian Nation's naming ceremony for orcas and the typical diet for the whales. The book ends with information on how to get involved to help orcas through the Center for Whale Research and in everyday life. The back matter also makes this title a useful choice for research. VERDICT A solid selection for collections where the the series is popular.—Erica Thorsen, Albemarle High School, VA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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