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Can whales communicate across miles of vast ocean? Can elephants talk to one another with sounds we cannot hear? These are the kinds of questions that drive the work of acoustic biologists. Follow three creative scientists-Christopher W. , Clark, Katy Payne, and Bill Evans-as they research why and how animals communicate. Through remarkable photographs and stories about all sorts of animals, this book celebrates the challenges of lab work and fieldwork and the thrill of discovery.
Splish! Splash! Take a bath. And think of the animals -- they're bathing, too. From elephants that squirt a shower of water from their trunks, to pigs that wallow in mud, to birds that roll in dust, all animals have ways of keeping clean and comfortable, and they are playfully and charmingly illustrated here. Also included are animals whose job it is to clean other animals, like the cleaner shrimp that gets a meal by cleaning a moray eel's teeth, and the tick birds that hang out on a giraffe's back, keeping it bug free.
Turkey vultures soar on the balmy air, looking for their next stinky feast. These birds don't hunt-they like their food to be already dead, and their eating habits serve a very important ecological role. Vultures are part of nature's clean-up crew. In her signature poetic, energetic style, acclaimed nature writer April Pulley Sayre introduces young readers to the world of the turkey vulture. The gorgeous illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Steve Jenkins capture these birds in all their surprising majesty.