Ok, this new book is more about informing topside than underwater encounters. Getting close to big mammals while submerged isn’t that common in European waters, and when you’re somewhere like Lundy or the Farnes you probably have a good idea of what it is you’re encountering.
Where the nudibranchs book reviewed here is all about pictures but not much to look at in itself, Europe’s Sea Mammals is the sort of field guide that’s a pleasure to browse through.
And, now that I’ve embarked on this slightly unfair comparison, it also has more pages, is jam-packed with text and is quite a bit cheaper too.
Aligned with the WildGuides series of books, most of which are dedicated to British wildlife, and produced with marine conservation charity ORCA, this title is claimed to be the only photographic guide dedicated to European whale-watching.
“Europe” includes diver destinations such as the Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde, and ranges north as far as Svalbard and Iceland.