Biology of Marine Mammals

Biology of Marine Mammals

by John E. Reynolds
     
 

Taking an integrated approach to the biology of marine carnivores, cetaceans, and sirenians, twenty-two prominent researchers compare marine mammals with one another and with terrestrial mammals, providing a framework for fundamental biological and ecological concepts. They describe functional morphology, sensory systems, energetics, reproduction, communication and

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Taking an integrated approach to the biology of marine carnivores, cetaceans, and sirenians, twenty-two prominent researchers compare marine mammals with one another and with terrestrial mammals, providing a framework for fundamental biological and ecological concepts. They describe functional morphology, sensory systems, energetics, reproduction, communication and cognition, behavior, distribution, population biology, and feeding ecology. They also detail the physiological adaptations—for such activities and processes as diving, thermo-regulation, osmoregulation, and orientation—that enable marine mammals to exploit their aquatic environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588342508
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
07/24/2007
Pages:
588
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Marine Mammals of the World1
2The Functional Morphology of Marine Mammals15
3Living in Water: Solutions to Physiological Problems73
4Marine Mammal Sensory Systems117
5Marine Mammal Energetics176
6Reproduction in Marine Mammals218
7Communication and Cognition287
8Behavior324
9Distribution, Population Biology, and Feeding Ecology of Marine Mammals423
10Environmental Contaminants and Marine Mammals485
Contributors565
Index569

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