Whales and Dolphins of the World

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Whales, dolphins, and porpoises have fascinated humankind for centuries. Amazingly diverse, they have evolved specializations that allow them, despite being air-breathing mammals, to exploit habitats ranging from surface waters to ocean depths. Whales and Dolphins of the World is a celebration of the variety (more than 80 species), behavior, and natural history of these remarkable animals. Stunningly illustrated by 180 color photographs, it describes what we know of their lives,including feeding, reproduction, communication, and social structures, and surveys the factors that affect them, from hunting to pollution. The book explores the strong relationship between our species and theirs, with a look at dolphin therapy and the pros and cons of whale-watching. It details the forces that threaten whales, dolphins, and porpoises, including hunting, whaling,fisheries, pollution, and habitat destruction, and also describes the conservation actions that must take place in the twenty-first century to save them. A color map of the world highlights the waters in which whales and dolphins are found.Worldwide interest in these unique creatures is growing, as evidenced by the increasing number of people who go whale- and dolphin-watching each year. This book, with its informative, lively text and spectacular images, provides an illuminating look at the lives of whales and dolphins in a changing world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780262195195
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Simmonds is Director of Science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS). He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 papers, articles, and reports on wildlife conservation, a joint editor of The Conservation of Whales and Dolphins: Science and Practice,and an editor of and contributor to Oceans of Noise.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - the fascination of whales and dolphins 8
Ch. 1 Who are the whales and dolphins? 12
Ch. 2 Life histories and strategies 64
Ch. 3 Man and whale 100
Ch. 4 Threats in a changing world 118
Ch. 5 Conservation actions in the 21st century 138
Conclusion - whales and dolphins in a changing world 147
Marine and riverine habitats of the world's cetaceans 148
The cetacean species of the world 150
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