Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals

Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals

3rd Edition - November 24, 2017
  • Editors: Bernd Wursig, J.G.M. Thewissen, Kit Kovacs
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128043271
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128043813

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Description

The Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, Third Edition covers the ecology, behavior, conservation, evolution, form and function of whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, manatees, dugongs, otters and polar bears. This edition provides new content on anthropogenic concerns, latest information on emerging threats such as ocean noise, and impacts of climate change. With authors and editors who are world experts, this new edition is a critical resource for all who are interested in marine mammals, especially upper level undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and managers, and is a top reference for those in related fields, from oceanographers to environmental scientists.

Key Features

  • Significant content and topic updates, as well as the addition of new topics in such areas as anthropogenic disturbance
  • Visual maps of the oceans and seas mentioned in contributions, helping to place the geographical features described in the text with clear, consistent species illustrations
  • Written to help users learn new information or brush up on a topic quickly, with the references at the end of each entry to help guide readers into more specialist literature

Readership

Marine biologists, vertebrate zoologists, mammalogists, veterinary medicine researchers, ecologists, conservation biologists, fisheries biologists, and those interested in the anatomy, evolutionary biology, physiology, behavior, and morphology of marine mammals. Researchers, faculty, undergraduate and graduate students interested in these disciplines or teaching a class in marine biology, zoology or veterinary medicine. Field biologists and veterinarians who work with marine mammals in captivity or in coastal and off-shore environments. Those at NGOs, consultants, and academic libraries, environmentalists, members of marine industry, political managers, climate biologists

Table of Contents

  • Abundance Estimation
    Aerial Behavior
    Age Estimation
    Aggressive Behavior
    Albinism
    Amazon River Dolphin
    Ambergris
    Antarctic Fur Seal
    Antarctic Marine Mammals
    Archaeocetes, Archaic
    Arctic Marine Mammals
    Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
    Atlantic White-sided Dolphin
    Australian Sea Lion
    Australian Snubfin Dolphin
    Baculum
    Baiji
    Baikal Seal
    Balance
    Baleen
    Baleen Whales (Mysticeti)
    Baleen Whales, Evolution
    Barnacles
    Basilosaurids and Kekenodontids
    Beaked Whales, Overview
    Bearded Seal
    Behavior, Overview
    Beluga Whale
    Berardius Beaked Whales
    Biogeography
    Biotelemetry
    Blubber
    Blue Whale
    Bones and Teeth, Histology of
    Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops aduncus, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus. Common bottlenose dolphin
    Bottlenose Whales
    Bowhead Whale
    Bow-riding
    Brain
    Breathing
    Bryde's Whale
    Burmeister's Porpoise
    Bycatch
    California, Galapagos and Japanese Sea Lions
    Callosities
    Cape and Australian Fur Seals
    Captivity
    Caspian Seal
    Cephalorhynchus Dolphins
    Cetacea, Evolution
    Cetacean Ecology
    Cetacean Life History
    Cetartiodactyla
    Circulatory System
    Climate Change
    Clymene Dolphin
    Coloration
    Common Dolphin
    Communication
    Conservation
    Crabeater Seal
    Culture and Social Learning
    Cuvier's Beaked Whale
    Dall's Porpoise
    Delphinids, Overview
    Dental Morphology
    Desmostylia
    Dialects
    Diet
    Distribution
    Diving Behavior
    Diving Physiology
    Dolphins, Porpoises, and Monodontids, Evolution
    Dugong
    Dusky Dolphin
    Eared Seals (Otariidae)
    Earless Seals (Phocidae)
    Echolocation
    Ecology
    Elephant Seals
    Embryology
    Endangered Species and Populations
    Endocrine Systems
    Energetics
    Entanglement of Whales in Fishing Gear
    Epimeletic Behavior
    Ethics
    Evolutionary Patterns
    Extinctions, Specific
    False Killer Whale
    Feeding Morphology
    Feeding Strategy and Tactics
    Filter Feeding
    Fin Whale
    Finless Porpoise
    Fisheries Interactions
    Folklore and Legends
    Forelimb Anatomy
    Franciscana
    Fraser's Dolphin
    Gastrointestinal Tract
    Genetics & Genomics
    Genetics, Forensics
    Genetics, Management
    Geographic Variation
    Gray Seal
    Gray Whale
    Group Behavior
    Guadalupe, Galapagos, and Juan Fernandez Fur Seals
    Habitat Pressure
    Hair and Fur
    Hindlimb Anatomy
    Harbor Porpoise
    Harbor Seal
    Harp Seal
    Health
    Hearing
    History of Marine Mammal Research
    Hooded Seal
    Hourglass Dolphin
    Humpback Dolphins
    Humpback Whale
    Hunting
    Hybridism
    Identification Methods
    Indo-Pacific Beaked Whale
    Intelligence
    International Whaling Commission
    Inuit and Marine Mammals
    Irrawaddy Dolphin
    Killer Whale
    Krill and other Plankton
    Language Learning and Cognitive Skills
    Leopard Seal
    Locomotion, Terrestrial
    Management and Conservation
    Manatees
    Marine Parks, Zoos, and Aquariums
    Marine Protected Areas
    Mark-Recapture
    Mass Mortalities
    Mating Systems
    Melon-headed Whale
    Mesoplodon Beaked Whales
    Migration and Movement Patterns
    Mimicry
    Minke Whales
    Molecular Ecology
    Monk Seals
    Musculature
    Museums and Collections
    Narwhal
    Neoceti
    New Zealand Fur Seal
    New Zealand Sea Lion
    Noise
    Northern Fur Seal
    Ocean Environments
    Odobenocetops
    Omura's Whale
    Osmoregulation
    Otters
    Pacific White-sided Dolphin
    Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
    Parasites
    Parental Behavior
    Pathology
    Peale's Dolphin
    Pilot Whales
    Pinniped Ecology
    Pinnipedia, Evolution
    Pinniped Life History
    Pinniped Physiology
    Pinnipeds
    Playful Behavior
    Polar Bear
    Pollution
    Popular Culture and Literature
    Population Dynamics
    Porpoises, Overview
    Predation on Marine Mammals
    Predator-Prey Relationships
    Prey Consumption
    Pygmy and Dwarf Sperm Whales
    Pygmy Killer Whale
    Pygmy Right Whale
    Remoras
    Reproductive Anatomy
    Reproductive Behavior
    Reproductive Physiology
    Ribbon Seal
    Right Whale Dolphins
    Right Whales
    Ringed Seal
    Risso's Dolphin
    River Dolphins
    River Dolphins, Evolution
    Ross Seal
    Rough-toothed Dolphin
    Scrimshaw
    Sealing
    Sei Whale
    Sensory Biology
    Sexual Dimorphism
    Shepherd's Beaked Whale
    Signature Whistles
    Sirenian Life History
    Sirenian Evolution
    Skeleton
    Skull
    Sociobiology
    Song
    Sound
    Sound Paths
    South American Fur Seal
    South American Sea Lion
    Species & Subspecies
    Spectacled Porpoise
    Sperm and Beaked Whales, Evolution
    Sperm Whale
    Spinner Dolphin
    Spotted Seal
    Steller Sea Lion
    Steller's Sea Cow
    Stock Identity and Assessment
    Strandings
    Streamlining
    Striped Dolphin
    Subantarctic Fur Seal
    Surveys
    Sustainability
    Susu and Bhulan
    Swimming
    Systematics
    Territorial Behavior
    Thermoregulation
    Thorax and Abdomen, Anatomy
    Tool Use
    Toothed Whales (Odontoceti)
    Tourism
    Training
    Tucuxi and Guiana Dolphins
    Tuna-Dolphin Issue
    Vaquita
    Vision
    Walrus
    Weddell Seal
    Whale Lice
    Whaling, Illegal and Pirate
    Whaling, Japanese
    Whaling, Modern
    Whaling, Traditional
    Whiskers
    White-beaked Dolphin

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1190
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2017
  • Published: November 24, 2017
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128043271
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128043813

About the Editors

Bernd Wursig

Bernd Würsig, his students, and postdocs have studied marine mammals and sea birds on all continents, with present work mainly on dusky dolphins in diverse habitats of New Zealand, and beleaguered Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins of Hong Kong. His specialties are behavior and social strategies, especially as related to human disturbance. He has published and co-published about 180 peer review papers, over 50 popular articles, and 7 books. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Marine Biology of Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Affiliations and Expertise

Texas A&M University, Galveston, Texas, USA

J.G.M. Thewissen

J. G. M. ‘Hans’ Thewissen studies the evolution, anatomy and embryology of marine mammals, and has travelled the world to study fossil and living whales. His work with the sense organs of modern whales explores the impact of global change on marine mammal populations. He co-edited the three editions of Elsevier’s Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals and wrote a popular book on whale evolution: The Walking Whales.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, USA

Kit Kovacs

Kit M. Kovacs is the Biodiversity Research Program Leader for the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø Norway and a Professor of Biology at University Studies on Svalbard (UNIS). She has worked with marine mammals in Polar Regions for the past 30 years, focusing primarily on studies in the fields of behavioral ecology and population biology. The impact of climate change on ice-associated species has been a topic of principal concern in recent years in her research projects. She is author/co-author of more than 200 primary publications and the author/editor of ten books and numerous popular articles.

Affiliations and Expertise

Biodiversity Research Section Leader, Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway, Professor of Biology, The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Svalbard, Norway

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  • Juan J. Wed Feb 19 2020

    Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals

    A fantastic book for everyone studying and doing research and conservation with marine mammals. It is an outstanding marine mammal bible-like book for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as marine mammals lovers.

  • IFanJen Sat Jun 08 2019

    Good Book for People Who Are Interested in Every Kind of Marine Mammals' Knowledge.

    This is the Bible for marine mammal researchers, vets, trainers, managers, teachers and so on. More and more modern knowledges released and better photos at this version. Are you marine mammal lover? This is the book you need.

  • Tadamichi M. Fri Aug 31 2018

    Fantastic

    Full of great reviews. How fast the marine mammalogy progress is!

  • KellyCondon Tue Jul 17 2018

    Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals

    An excellent reference guide with introduction to all the major topics related to marine mammal biology.