Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals

2nd Edition

Editors: Bernd Wursig William Perrin Bernd Wursig J.G.M. Thewissen
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123735539
eBook ISBN: 9780080919935
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 24th November 2008
Page Count: 1352
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This thorough revision of the classic first edition brings this authoritative book right up-to-date. Articles describe every species in detail, based on the very latest taxonomy, and a host of biological, ecological and sociological aspects relating to marine mammals. The latest information on the biology, ecology, anatomy, behavior and interactions with man is provided by a cast of expert authors – all presented in such detail and clarity to support both marine mammal specialists and the serious naturalist. Fully referenced throughout and with a fresh selection of the best color photographs available, the long-awaited 2e remains at the forefront as the go-to reference on marine mammals.

Key Features

  • More than 20% NEW MATERIAL includes articles on Climate Change, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Sociobiology, Habitat Use, Feeding Morphology and more
  • Over 260 articles on the individual species with topics ranging from anatomy and behavior, to conservation, exploitation and the impact of global climate change on marine mammals
  • New color illustrations show every species and document topical articles

FROM THE FIRST EDITION “This book is so good...a bargain, full of riches...packed with fascinating up to date information. I recommend it unreservedly it to individuals, students, and researchers, as well as libraries".


"...establishes a solid and satisfying foundation for current study and future exploration"

  • Ronald J. Shusterman, SCIENCE


Marine Biologists, Ecologists, Conservation Biologists, Fisheries Biologists and Environmental consultants.

Table of Contents

Abundance Estimation
Stephen T. Buckland and Anne E. York

Aerial Behavior
Bernd Würsig and Hal Whitehead

Age Estimation
Aleta A. Hohn

Aggressive Behavior, Intraspecific
Claudio Campagna

Dagmar Fertl and Patricia E. Rosel

Amazon River Dolphin or Boto
Vera M.F. da Silva

Dale W. Rice

Antarctic Fur Seal
Arctocephalus gazella
Jaume Forcada and Iain J. Staniland

Antarctic Marine Mammals
Ian L. Boyd

Archaeocetes, Archaic
J. G. M. Thewissen

Arctic Marine Mammals
John J. Burns

Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
Stenella frontalis
William F. Perrin

Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin
Lagenorhynchus acutus (Gray 1828)
Frank Cipriano

Australian Sea Lion
Neophoca cinerea
John K. Ling

Australian Snubfin Dolphin
Orcaella heinsohni
Kelly M. Robertson and Peter W. Arnold

Azorean Whaling
Richard Ellis

Edward H. Miller

Lipotes vexillifer
Kaiya Zhou

Fred Spoor

Dale W. Rice

Baleen Whales
John L. Bannister<B


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About the Editor

Bernd Wursig

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas A&M University, Galveston, Texas, USA

William Perrin

Affiliations and Expertise

National Marine Fisheries Service, La Jolla, CA, USA

Bernd Wursig

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas A&M University, Galveston, Texas, USA

J.G.M. Thewissen

Affiliations and Expertise

Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, USA


"This book's encyclopedic coverage of marine mammals has been fully revised and updated. Despite its size, it is easy to use. I recommend this book for anyone interested in marine mammals!"
- The Birdbooker Report

 "Its ease of use and interesting look will assure that it is a handy, and well-used, reference book for scientists in the field as well as for students looking for interesting topics for term papers. The second edition's new colorful look expands it's consumer base and makes it an excellent choice for high school and undergraduate university libraries." --Paul E. Nachtigall, University of Hawaii

“This revision of the well-received first edition adds several new chapters in areas of marine mammal science that have changed significantly, e.g., climate change and the ‘interface of ecology and conservation.’ Somewhat fragmented topics are now combined into more comprehensive ones. Additionally, almost all entries are updated, and color photographs appear throughout. Each of the 260 chapters is authored by an acclaimed contributor and covers species and topics relating to anatomy, physiology, behavior, conservation, ecology, and more…. Overall, this encyclopedia’s content serves as an important reference source for marine mammals.” -- CHOICE