Sperm Whales (WorldLife Library Series)

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Sperm whales are among the world's most widely distributed of mammalian species and are found in deep waters in all the world's oceans. Accomplished air-breathing divers, they descend thousands of feet for up to an hour. They also have one of the most complex social organizations of any of the great whales and, intriguingly, have one of the largest brains that has ever existed.

Sperm Whales is a general introduction to this fascinating animal, explaining their evolution, ...

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Sperm whales are among the world's most widely distributed of mammalian species and are found in deep waters in all the world's oceans. Accomplished air-breathing divers, they descend thousands of feet for up to an hour. They also have one of the most complex social organizations of any of the great whales and, intriguingly, have one of the largest brains that has ever existed.

Sperm Whales is a general introduction to this fascinating animal, explaining their evolution, physical characteristics, distribution, migration, behavior, and social structure. Sperm Whales is a reliable guide to this animal that will appeal to a wide audience of nature lovers-from young adults on up.

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Dr. Jonathan Gordon is a zoologist affiliated with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in the Zoology Department of the University of Oxford. He also operates a research boat, "Song of the Whale," and coordinates cetacean field research for the International Fund for Animal Welfare. He has worked with whales in the field for 18 years, starting as a student studying whaling in the Azores, later developing (with others) new methods to study cetaceans and sperm whales particularly in the open ocean. He obtained his Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

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. . . an excellent brief introduction to its subject, more like a very good encyclopedia than a book text. This pictures are first rate.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780896583986
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: World Life Library Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

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    Stunningly Magnificent

    Jonathan Gordon has written a splendid book describing the sperm whale’s habitat and lifestyle. These huge creatures of the deep often leave their calves frolicking at the surface of the ocean to dive hundreds of feet into the deep sea in their search for food. These crushing depths might prove fatal to other sea creatures, but the sperm whale has adapted its rib cage to collapse under pressure. The sperm whale’s pattern of clicks or codas are distinctive forms of communication, usually heard when the whales are socializing near the surface. Variations also occur in whales located near the Galapagos, Azores or Caribbean. Fishing trawlers pose a great risk for the sperm whales, as the whales become easily entangled in the large nets and drown. Seismic surveys, military sonar and underwater experiments also wreak havoc with the sperm whale’s need for sonar. This type of acoustic noise is of great concern, since the whale’s eye is very small compared to its body length. Its main sensory source is sound. Illustrated with stunning photographs, this book is suitable as a gift or as a worthy read resting on your coffee table.

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