A World Handbook for Cetacean Habitat Conservation
Author: Erich Hoyt
Category: Business & Economics
'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.
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.
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.
Inside the Minds of Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises
Author: Janet Mann
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Introduction -- Beneath the surface / Janet Mann and Andrew Read -- The cetacean brain / Camilla Butti and Patrick R. Hof -- Cetacean cognition / Harley -- Cetacean communication / Laela Sayigh and Vincent M. Janik -- Quintessentially social cetaceans / Janet Mann -- Deep culture / Luke Rendell and Hal Whitehead -- Cetacean tool use / Eric Patterson and Janet Mann -- Us & them / Andrew Read
The Bay of Biscay, English Channel, Celtic Sea and Coastal SW Ireland
Author: Dylan Walker,Graeme Cresswell
Publisher: Dylan Walker
Fully updated, with new images, revised artwork, and the latest distribution data, this comprehensive photographic guide to whales, dolphins, and porpoises now covers coastal southwest Ireland and the Celtic Sea as well as the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay. Designed for easy use at sea or when watching from land, it covers all 18 regularly seen species and the 13 rarities that have also been recorded. It includes details of status and behavior, as well as introductory sessions to help you get the most from your whale watching in the region. An introduction to cetaceans, the region, and information to help you get the most from your whale-watching experience Illustrated profiles of the 18 regularly occurring and 13 rare cetaceans of the region Annotated surfacing sequence illustrations and scaled comparison charts Superb photographs and illustrations showing the key features and highlighting comparisons between similar species Distribution maps based on the latest information Charts showing the best times of year to observe each species Full description of typical behavior and facets leading to identification Pocket-sized for convenient use on board or on land-based observatories
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
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.
Author: Stephen Leatherwood,William Eugene Evans,Dale W. Rice
The field guide is designed to assist the layman in identifying the whales, dolphins, and porpoises he sees in the eastern North Pacific, including all the area north of the equator and east of 180 degrees W longitude. The animals described are grouped not by scientific relationships but by simularities in appearance in the field. Photographs of the animals in their natural environment are the main aids to identification. (Author).
Many people dream of seeing whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild, and a good identification guide is a must for any whale-watching trip. This brand new edition of Mark Carwardine's hugely popular Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises is fully updated with the latest information on cetaceans. It contains a brilliant series of identification illustrations by Martin Camm, covering every species of cetacean in the world. Identification is further aided by comparison plates (grouped by ocean), along with diagrams of dive profiles and typical spout shapes. The concise text is packed with identification tips are accompanied by accurate maps, along with photographs of each species, carefully chosen to highlight identification criteria. Mark Carwardine's magnificent new guide--small enough to fit in a pocket, yet comprehensive in coverage--is the definitive guide to these special and much-loved mammals.