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Great Whales
     

Great Whales

by John Bannister
 

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Whales are mysterious and fascinating creatures. Despite modern technology, their world is still largely unexplored and unknown. They can only be seen, or rather glimpsed, when they are near the sea surface, either from boats, or perhaps from shore, or underwater by divers. They also reach astonishing sizes – the blue whale, for example, can grow to 30 metres in

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Whales are mysterious and fascinating creatures. Despite modern technology, their world is still largely unexplored and unknown. They can only be seen, or rather glimpsed, when they are near the sea surface, either from boats, or perhaps from shore, or underwater by divers. They also reach astonishing sizes – the blue whale, for example, can grow to 30 metres in length, equivalent to the height of a six-storey building, and can weigh more than 130 tonnes. Seven ‘Great Whales’ are found in the coastal waters surrounding Australia. These include six of the largest baleen whales – blue whale, fin whale, humpback whale, sei whale, Bryde’s whale and southern right whale – and the sperm whale, the largest toothed whale. This book provides a detailed account of these extraordinary mammals. As well as the seven Great Whales, a smaller species – the minke whale – is included because of its special interest to Australians. The book describes whales’ highly specialised mammalian structure and biology, and the history of people’s association with them, at first through legend and wonder, then whaling, and more recently whale watching. It also looks at their past and current status, and the conservation initiatives that are in place to protect them from existing or potential threats. With both historical and recent photographs, as well as an extensive glossary, Great Whales will be enjoyed by natural history enthusiasts, zoologists and students alike.

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"John Bannister, a leading international marine mammalogist, has produced a fascinating and readable account of the world’s largest mammals. The book provides a detailed account of these extraordinary and fascinating creatures for the interested layperson along with material for the expert."

"I would recommend the books in the Australian Natural History Series to anyone looking for more general background information on these species."

"What do you want to know about whales? . . . This book will answer your questions in language easily accessible to the lay person . . . I certainly found it fascinating and informative."

Linnean Society of New South Wales Newsletter - Tracey Rogers
"John Bannister, a leading international marine mammalogist, has produced a fascinating and readable account of the world’s largest mammals. The book provides a detailed account of these extraordinary and fascinating creatures for the interested layperson along with material for the expert."
The Journal of Wildlife Management - Samantha S. Wisniewski
"I would recommend the books in the Australian Natural History Series to anyone looking for more general background information on these species."
WA Naturalist News - Mike Gregson
"What do you want to know about whales? . . . This book will answer your questions in language easily accessible to the lay person . . . I certainly found it fascinating and informative."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780643099029
Publisher:
CSIRO PUBLISHING
Publication date:
06/04/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

John Bannister obtained a Zoology degree at Oxford University and was introduced to whales as a whaling inspector on South Georgia, South Atlantic, in 1960–61. After three years as a Research Scientist in the UK, he came to Australia to work with CSIRO on sperm whales caught off Albany, WA. From 1967 he was Curator of Mammals at the WA Museum, and Director from 1975. Since retirement in 1992 he has continued long-term studies on right and humpback whales and more recently on blue whales. A long association with the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee has included two terms as Committee Chair.

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