Handbook of Marine Mammals

Handbook of Marine Mammals

The Second Book of Dolphins and the Porpoises

First published on May 21, 1992

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  • Editors: Sam Ridgway, Richard Harrison
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780125885065

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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.

Key Features

  • Concludes this major definitive series
  • A standard reference work on all of the world's marine mammals, their anatomy, distribution, ecology, and behavior
  • The most up-to-date research in a concise reference form
  • Numerous photos of live and specimen animals, skulls, and anatomical details, plus distribution maps
  • Text specifically deals with conservation and management issues


Marine biologists, zoologists, and ecologists.

Table of Contents

  • White-beaked Dolphin
    Atlantic White-sided Dolphin
    Pacific White-sided Dolphin
    Dusky Dolphin
    Peale's Dolphin
    Hourglass Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
    Risso's Dolphin
    False Killer Whale
    Pilot Whales
    Killer Whale
    Harbour Porpoise
    Spectacled Porpoise
    Burmeister's Porpoise
    Finless Porpoise
    Dall's Porpoise

Product details

  • No. of pages: 486
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1998
  • Published: May 21, 1992
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780125885065

About the Series Editors

Sam Ridgway

Affiliations and Expertise

Naval Oceans Systems Center, San Diego, California

Richard Harrison

Affiliations and Expertise

Downing College, Cambridge, U.K.

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