Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises

Author: Mark Carwardine,Erich Hoyt

Publisher: Time Life Education

ISBN: 9780783552842

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 4703

A field guide to fifty-seven species of cetacean explores whales', dolpins', and porpoises' social interactions, complex adaptations, mythology, and relationships with humans

Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

A Natural History and Species Guide

Author: Annalisa Berta

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022618319X

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 2571

The eighty-nine cetacean species that swim our seas and rivers are as diverse as they are intelligent and elusive, from the hundred-foot-long, two-hundred-ton blue whale to the lesser-known tucuxi, ginkgo-toothed beaked whale, and diminutive, critically endangered vaquita. The huge distances these highly migratory creatures cover and the depths they dive mean we catch only the merest glimpses of their lives as they break the surface of the water. But thanks to the marriage of science and technology, we are now beginning to understand their anatomy, complex social structures, extraordinary communication abilities, and behavioral patterns. In this beautifully illustrated guide, renowned marine mammalogist Annalisa Berta draws on the contributions of a pod of fellow whale biologists to present the most comprehensive, authoritative overview ever published of these remarkable aquatic mammals. Opening with an accessible rundown of cetacean biology—including the most recent science on feeding, mating, and communication—Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises then presents species-specific natural history on a range of topics, from anatomy and diet to distribution and conservation status. Each entry also includes original drawings of the species and its key identifiers, such as fin shape and color, tooth shape, and characteristic markings as they would appear both above and below water—a feature unique to this book. Figures of myth and—as the debate over hunting rages on—figures of conflict since long before the days of Moby-Dick, whales, dolphins, and porpoises are also ecologically important and, in many cases, threatened. Written for general enthusiasts, emergent cetacean fans, and biologists alike, this stunning, urgently needed book will serve as the definitive guide for years to come.

Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Author: Eric Hoyt

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781770859418

Category: Nature

Page: 300

View: 6056

In the Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, award-winning author and whale researcher Erich Hoyt takes readers into the field for an intimate encounter with some 90 species of cetaceans that make their homes in the world's oceans. Drawing on decades of firsthand experience and a comprehensive familiarity with the current revolution in cetacean studies, Hoyt provides unique insights into the life histories of these compelling marine mammals. Here are discoveries about cetacean biology and behavior, from the physical differences and adaptations among the baleen and toothed whales to their highly intelligent hunting and feeding methods. The courtship and mating practices, family relationships and the lifelong bonds among some family members are fascinating. The symphonic composer of the whale world is the humpback whale, whose complex 30-minute songs reverberate across the liquid universe of the ocean. Some cetaceans survive deep diving and negotiate lengthy migrations across oceans. This book is a fascinating compilation of the latest data on cetaceans and an impassioned argument for the ongoing need for international protection of at-risk populations and their increasingly damaged habitat. Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises includes: detailed profiles of 90 current species of cetaceans a report on the newly discovered species in the genus Berardius, a small black form related to the Baird's beaked whale fascinating sidebars that bring to life cetacean society and culture an enlightening discussion of the differences between dolphins and porpoises new information on the history and impact of whaling illustrations of each species by renowned artist Uko Gorter color photographs by world-famous marine photographer Brandon Cole, among others.

Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

Author: Kenneth Stafford Norris,American Institute of Biological Sciences

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520032835

Category: Cetacea

Page: 789

View: 2907

Deep Thinkers

Inside the Minds of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

Author: Janet Mann

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022638750X

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 4806

Humans aside, dolphins, whales, and porpoises are often considered to be the smartest creatures on Earth. Science and nature buffs are drawn to stories of their use of tools, their self-recognition, their beautiful and complex songs, and their intricate societies. But how do we know what we know, and what does it mean? In Deep Thinkers, renowned cetacean biologist Janet Mann gathers a gam of the world’s leading whale and dolphin researchers—including Luke Rendell, Hal Whitehead, and many more—to illuminate these vital questions, exploring the astounding capacities of cetacean brains. Diving into our current understanding of and dynamic research on dolphin and whale cognition, communication, and culture, Deep Thinkers reveals how incredibly sophisticated these mammals are—and how much we can learn about other animal minds by studying cetacean behavior. Through a combination of fascinating text and more than 150 beautiful and informative illustrations, chapters compare the intelligence markers of cetaceans with those of birds, bats, and primates, asking how we might properly define intelligence in nonhumans. As all-encompassing and profound as the seas in which these deep cetacean cultures have evolved, Deep Thinkers is an awesome and inspiring journey into the fathoms—a reminder of what we gain through their close study, and of what we lose when the great minds of the sea disappear.

Book of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Author: Lionel Bender

Publisher: Smithmark Publishers

ISBN: 9780831709617

Category: Nature

Page: 37

View: 1444

Invites young readers to explore the worlds of the various species of whale, dolphin, and porpoise, and explains how they are in danger of dying out as a result of hunting and pollution.

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

Author: Mark Carwardine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781877019494

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 3027

Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny of Cetacea: Whales, Porpoises and Dolphins

Author: Debra Lee Miller

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439842574

Category: Science

Page: 450

View: 7825

The order Cetacea comprises some amazing species, representing some of the most evolved creatures that inhabit this earth. Yet, they also represent a group of species for which much remains unknown. There are over 80 species of cetaceans composed of porpoises, dolphins and whales. This volume represents the latest of published and previously unpublished information regarding cetacean reproductive biology and phylogeny.

Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

A World Handbook for Cetacean Habitat Conservation

Author: Erich Hoyt

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 1849771944

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 521

View: 4585

'Erich Hoyt's handbook is an admirable, timely and highly welcome contribution.' Michael Stachowitsch, Marine Ecology What does it mean to save the whales if their habitat is left unprotected? Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is the definitive handbook on this pressing issue and the first to bridge the gap between the disciplines of marine protected areas and cetacean conservation. It launches a new chapter in cetacean conservation with its investigation into the crucial habitat needs and protection requirements of some 84 species. The author, one of the world's foremost experts in this field, takes you around the world to investigate the promising results of the latest conservation research and the strategies for obtaining marine protected areas in coastal waters and on the high seas, using national legislation and regional and international conventions. This is an essential introduction, guide and reference work for those working to ensure a future for whales and dolphins.

Britain's Sea Mammals

Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, and Seals and Where to Find Them

Author: Jon Dunn,Robert Still,Hugh Harrop

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400844967

Category: Nature

Page: 128

View: 4822

Britain's Sea Mammals is the essential field guide to all the sea mammals--whales, dolphins, porpoises, and seals--found in coastal Britain. The book features more than 100 stunning photographs and close to 40 detailed and beautiful illustrations of 34 species of sea mammals, paying special attention to the 14 species most readily seen and most likely to be encountered. Factoring in behavior and locations, introductory chapters look at sea mammal biology and ecology, and how, when, and where these creatures can be spotted. Species accounts highlight key identification characteristics and include information on status, habitat requirements, and distribution. Handy and informative, Britain's Sea Mammals is the ideal guide to sea mammal watching in the United Kingdom. The only guide that focuses on the 34 species of sea mammal recorded in Britain, particularly the 14 most readily seen species More than 100 photos and almost 40 illustrations highlight species, their behavior, and locations Introductory chapters explore how, when, and where to look for sea mammals Species accounts highlight key identification features, including information on status, habitat requirements, and distribution

Handbook of Marine Mammals

The Second Book of Dolphins and the Porpoises

Author: Sam H. Ridgway

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 9780125885065

Category: Nature

Page: 486

View: 7833

Some of the world's most beautiful, intelligent and highly adapted mammals inhabit our seas and oceans, and have stirred the human imagination for many centuries. As our knowledge of marine mammals grows, the need exists for a reliable and complete reference to the ecology and biology of these fascinating creatures. The Handbook of Marine Mammals series was founded with this in mind and now reaches its conclusion with this sixth and final volume. Within the pages of this classic series, scientists, conservationists and informed layperson alike can find the definitive review of all the world's whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and related species as well as sea otters and sea cows. Volume 6 covers the remaining dolphins and porpoises in a series of 17 chapters, each written by a specialist author with extensive personal research experience of the species. Each chapter provides a description of the species, and includes sections on the aspects of distribution and abundance, anatomy, physiology, behavior, reproduction, parasites and diseases and the impact of human activity on the animal's population and well-being. Numerous maps, photos and drawings illustrate the text. Key Features * Concludes this major definitive series * A standard reference work on all of the world's marine mammals, their anatomy, distribution, ecology, and behavior * The most up-to-date research in a concise reference form * Numerous photos of live and specimen animals, skulls, and anatomical details, plus distribution maps * Text specifically deals with conservation and management issues

Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World

Author: Hadoram Shirihai

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Aquatic mammals

Page: 384

View: 7862

Presents full-color photographs and illustrations of a wide variety of whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals around the world; and contains information on their habitats, physical characteristics, and behaviors.

Masters of the Ocean Realm

Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

Author: John Edward Heyning

Publisher: Natural History Museum of Los

ISBN: 9780295974873

Category: Cetacea

Page: 110

View: 1941

Masters of the Ocean Realm is a colorful, accessible introduction to the cetaceans that shows how scientists study elusive creatures and reveals what they have learned. The book gives examples of the interaction of whales, dolphins, and porpoises with human cultures around the world and discusses such conservation issues as modern whaling, habitat degradation, pollution, and the threat of extinction. Short essays address additional topics such as whale intelligence, the mystery of mass strandings, the lessons of DNA analysis, and the tuna-dolphin controversy. The book features numerous color illustrations, including images by leading nature photographers, as well as a glossary of unfamiliar terms.

Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Eastern North Pacific and Adjacent Arctic Waters

A Guide to Their Identification

Author: Stephen Leatherwood

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486256511

Category: Nature

Page: 245

View: 9041

Profusely illustrated layman's guide to over 40 species: blue whale, bottlenose dolphin, Dall's porpoise, many more. Physical description, range, markings. 563 black-and-white photographs. 17 drawings.

The Complete Whale-Watching Handbook

A Guide to Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the World

Author: Ben Wilson,Angus Wilson

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 9780760325674

Category: Nature

Page: 288

View: 3741

The Complete Whale-Watching Handbook is a spectacular celebration of whales, porpoises, and dolphins, and of the immense diversity of opportunities to view these spectacular marine mammals in the wild. Once the stuff of fishermen’s yarns and literary classics, we can all now experience the excitement of an eye-to-eye encounter with a whale, dolphin, or porpoise. This book covers the biology of each creature listed, focusing on the species that can be seen on excursions, the behaviors likely to be encountered, and the nature of the industry. There is also a species guide, followed by a comprehensive region-by-region guide to whale-, dolphin-, or porpoise-watching opportunities worldwide. Up-to-date listings include contact information and a seasonal analysis of the species that can be expected. There are also sections explaining the study of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, examining the impact of whale-watching on whale populations, and offering practical advice on how to view, photograph and enjoy these creatures in the wild.

Cetacean Societies

Field Studies of Dolphins and Whales

Author: Janet Mann

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226503417

Category: Science

Page: 433

View: 6952

"Part review, part testament to extraordinary dedication, and part call to get involved, Cetacean Societies highlights the achievements of behavioral ecologists inspired by the challenges of cetaceans and committed to the exploration of a new world."—from the preface by Richard Wrangham Long-lived, slow to reproduce, and often hidden beneath the water's surface, whales and dolphins (cetaceans) have remained elusive subjects for scientific study even though they have fascinated humans for centuries. Until recently, much of what we knew about cetaceans came from commercial sources such as whalers and trainers for dolphin acts. Innovative research methods and persistent efforts, however, have begun to penetrate the depths to reveal tantalizing glimpses of the lives of these mammals in their natural habitats. Cetacean Societies presents the first comprehensive synthesis and review of these new studies. Groups of chapters focus on the history of cetacean behavioral research and methodology; state-of-the-art reviews of information on four of the most-studied species: bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, sperm whales, and humpback whales; and summaries of major topics, including group living, male and female reproductive strategies, communication, and conservation drawn from comparative research on a wide range of species. Written by some of the world's leading cetacean scientists, this landmark volume will benefit not just students of cetology but also researchers in other areas of behavioral and conservation ecology as well as anyone with a serious interest in the world of whales and dolphins. Contributors are Robin Baird, Phillip Clapham, Jenny Christal, Richard Connor, Janet Mann, Andrew Read, Randall Reeves, Amy Samuels, Peter Tyack, Linda Weilgart, Hal Whitehead, Randall S. Wells, and Richard Wrangham.

Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

A World Handbook for Cetacean Habitat Conservation and Planning

Author: Erich Hoyt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136538305

Category: Science

Page: 448

View: 5087

The first edition of the widely praised Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, published in 2005, led to numerous new marine protected area proposals and a number of notable conservation successes around the world. In this completely revised and expanded second edition, new developments in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific are described, as well as future directions for High Seas protection. New sections show how to design and manage MPAs in an ever noisier ocean subject to climate change, increased shipping and hydrocarbon exploration. The process of protected area creation for cetaceans has been accelerated and more than 200 exciting new places are detailed in this edition. This book provides a route map for MPA managers, as well as countries, to meet the ambitious targets for highly protected MPA networks by 2012 and 2020. This book is a key conservation tool and a springboard for worldwide change in human attitudes toward the world ocean where all life originated and where the majority of life on Earth still lives.

Whales and Dolphins of the World

Author: Mark P. Simmonds

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781780094618

Category: Dolphins

Page: 160

View: 7224

This is a new, redesigned and reformatted edition of a popular title. Whales and dolphins, or cetaceans, have captivated and intrigued humankind for centuries. They are incredibly diverse and have evolved a fascinating range of specializations to allow them, despite being air-breathing mammals, to exploit habitats ranging from the surface waters to the abyssal depths. Whales and Dolphins of the World is a stunningly illustrated celebration of their variety - there are over 80 species - behaviour and natural history. It describes what we know of their lives such as feeding, reproduction, communication and social structures, and outlines the factors that affect them, from hunting to pollution. The strong relationship between humans and cetaceans is also considered, with a look at dolphin therapy, as are the pros and cons of whale- and dolphin-watching and what makes a good trip. A map of the world highlights the waters in which these mammals are found.

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

A World Beneath the Waves

Author: Jody Byrum

Publisher: SeaWorld Education Department

ISBN: 9781893698017

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 82

View: 8906

What's the difference between a baleen and toothed whale? How can I tell the difference between a dolphin and porpoise? Which cetaceans are endangered and needs our help to survive? All of these questions and more will be answered in this detailed, full-color book.

Mark Carwardine's Guide To Whale Watching In Britain And Europe

Second Edition

Author: Mark Carwardine

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472910168

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 7635

A new and fully updated edition of this popular title, which is the definitive guide to watching whales, dolphins and porpoises in British and other European waters. A fascinating introduction to whales and whale watching 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 final part of the book provides a comprehensive guide to Europe's major whale watching sites, covering 19 countries in all, from Scotland and Ireland to Spain and Norway. 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 dolphin watching experiences now available in different parts of Europe, which is rapidly becoming a hot-spot for this exhilarating activity.