Handbook of Marine Mammals

The Second Book of Dolphins and the Porpoises

Series Editor:

  • Sam Ridgway, Naval Oceans Systems Center, San Diego, California
  • Richard Harrison, Downing College, Cambridge, U.K.

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.
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Marine biologists, zoologists, and ecologists.


Book information

  • Published: September 1998
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-588506-5


"With the recent need for biological knowledge of cetaceans, this book is timely. ...This book is a good reference because it gives in a single volume a considerable amount of biological information... Overall, this is a useful and well-research handbook that belongs in the libraries of all cetacean researchers."
—Debra Palka, National Marine Fisheries Service, in THE QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY (2001)

Table of Contents

White-beaked DolphinAtlantic White-sided DolphinPacific White-sided DolphinDusky DolphinPeale's DolphinHourglass DolphinBottlenose DolphinRisso's DolphinFalse Killer WhalePilot WhalesKiller WhaleHarbour PorpoiseVaquitaSpectacled PorpoiseBurmeister's PorpoiseFinless PorpoiseDall's Porpoise