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Mediterranean Marine Mammal Ecology and Conservation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128051528, 9780128052969

Mediterranean Marine Mammal Ecology and Conservation, Volume 75

1st Edition

Serial Volume Editors: Giuseppe Notarbartolo Di Sciara Michela Podestà Barbara Curry
eBook ISBN: 9780128052969
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128051528
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th October 2016
Page Count: 458
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Table of Contents

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Chapter One: Marine Mammals in the Mediterranean Sea: An Overview

  • Abstract
  • 1 The Mediterranean Sea as a Natural Environment for Marine Mammals
  • 2 Species of Marine Mammals in the Mediterranean Sea
  • 3 Distributional Patterns of Mediterranean Marine Mammals
  • 4 Status of Mediterranean Marine Mammals and Threats
  • 5 Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Two: Mediterranean Sperm Whales, Physeter macrocephalus: The Precarious State of a Lost Tribe

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Is the Mediterranean Sperm Whale Special?
  • 3 Making a Living in a Small and Oligotrophic Ocean
  • 4 Population Structure Within the Mediterranean Sea: Is There More Than One Population?
  • 5 How Many Sperm Whales Are There in the Mediterranean Sea?
  • 6 What Is Threatening Sperm Whales in the Mediterranean?
  • 7 Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Three: Fin Whales, Balaenoptera physalus: At Home in a Changing Mediterranean Sea?

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Populations of Fin Whales in the Mediterranean Sea
  • 3 The Mediterranean Sea as Fin Whale Habitat
  • 4 Status and Threats
  • 5 Recommendations
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Four: Cuvier's Beaked Whale, Ziphius cavirostris, Distribution and Occurrence in the Mediterranean Sea: High-Use Areas and Conservation Threats

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Strandings of Cuvier's Beaked Whales in the Mediterranean Region
  • 3 Distribution, Abundance and Habitat Preferences of Cuvier's Beaked Whales in the Mediterranean Sea
  • 4 Threats
  • 5 Conclusion and Recommendations
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Five: Conservation Status of Killer Whales, Orcinus orca, in the Strait of Gibraltar

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Killer Whale Distribution
  • 3 The Strait of Gibraltar Killer Whales
  • 4 Ecology
  • 5 Social Structure
  • 6 Population Structure and Management Units
  • 7 Demographic Parameters
  • 8 Conservation Threats and Management Actions
  • 9 Conservation Status
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Six: Conservation Status of Long-Finned Pilot Whales, Globicephala melas, in the Mediterranean Sea

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Distribution
  • 3 Population Ecology
  • 4 Social Structure
  • 5 Ecology
  • 6 Conservation Threats
  • 7 Conservation Status
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Seven: Risso's Dolphin, Grampus griseus, in the Western Ligurian Sea: Trends in Population Size and Habitat Use

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Background and Method
  • 3 Occurrence and Distribution
  • 4 Population Size
  • 5 Population Structure
  • 6 Environmental Drivers and Anthropogenic Threats
  • 7 Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Eight: The Rough-Toothed Dolphin, Steno bredanensis, in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea: A Relict Population?

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Rough-Toothed Dolphin Distribution Within the Mediterranean Sea
  • 3 Recent Occurrence of Rough-Toothed Dolphins in the Mediterranean Sea
  • 4 Acoustic Detection
  • 5 Origin of the Mediterranean Population
  • 6 Ecology
  • 7 Conservation Concerns
  • 8 Summary and Recommendations
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Nine: The Gulf of Ambracia's Common Bottlenose Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus: A Highly Dense and yet Threatened Population

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Materials and Methods
  • 3 Results
  • 4 Discussion
  • 5 Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Ten: Dolphins in a Scaled-Down Mediterranean: The Gulf of Corinth's Odontocetes

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Methods
  • 3 Results
  • 4 Discussion
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Eleven: Harbour Porpoises, Phocoena phocoena, in the Mediterranean Sea and Adjacent Regions: Biogeographic Relicts of the Last Glacial Period

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Ecology and Overview of Distribution Range
  • 3 Taxonomy and Ecotype Delimitation
  • 4 Why Do Harbour Porpoises No Longer Occur in the Mediterranean Sea?
  • 5 Evolutionary History of the Harbour Porpoises: The Fate of the Mediterranean Populations
  • 6 Conclusions and Perspectives
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Twelve: Are Mediterranean Monk Seals, Monachus monachus, Being Left to Save Themselves from Extinction?

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Background and Species Status
  • 3 Threats to Mediterranean Monk Seals
  • 4 Why Has Monk Seal Conservation Worked So Poorly in the Past
  • 5 Factors That Have Helped Monk Seal Conservation
  • 6 The Way Forward Through Lessons Learned
  • 7 Why Conserving Monk Seals Transcends the Species’ Importance
  • Acknowledgements

Chapter Thirteen: The International Legal Framework for Marine Mammal Conservation in the Mediterranean Sea

  • Abstract
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Other Treaties of World Scope That Are Applicable to Marine Mammals
  • 3 Treaties of World Scope Specifically Related to Species of Marine Mammals: The Whaling Convention
  • 4 Treaties of Regional Scope Applicable also to Marine Mammals
  • 5 Treaties of Regional Scope Specifically Related to Species of Marine Mammals: ACCOBAMS
  • 6 Treaties of Subregional Scope Specifically Related to Species of Marine Mammals: Pelagos Sanctuary
  • 7 Conclusions


Mediterranean Marine Mammal Ecology and Conservation, the latest edition of the Advances in Marine Biology series providing in-depth and up-to-date reviews on all aspects of marine biology since 1963, presents the latest information on Mediterranean marine mammal ecology and conservation.

The series is well known for its excellent reviews and editing, and is now edited by Barbara E. Curry (University of Central Florida, USA), along with an internationally renowned Editorial Board. This serial will appeal to postgraduates and researchers in marine biology, fisheries science, ecology, zoology, and biological oceanography.

Volumes cover all areas of marine science, both applied and basic, a wide range of topical areas from all areas of marine ecology, oceanography, fisheries management, molecular biology, and the full range of geographic areas from polar seas to tropical coral reefs.

Key Features

  • Reviews articles on the latest advances in marine biology
  • Contains contributions from many leading figures in their fields of study
  • Presents material that is widely used by managers, students, and academic professionals in the marine sciences


Postgraduates and researchers in marine biology, fisheries science, ecology, zoology, oceanography


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About the Serial Volume Editors

Giuseppe Notarbartolo Di Sciara

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara is a marine conservation ecologist who has worked for 40 years to advance knowledge of the natural history, ecology, behaviour and taxonomy of marine mammals and cartilaginous fishes. He earned a PhD degree in marine biology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California at San Diego) in 1985 with a thesis on the taxonomy and ecology of devil rays, of which he described a new species, Mobula munkiana. In 1986 he funded the Milan-based Tethys Research Institute, which he chaired and directed until 1997 and now again since 2010. In 1991 he spearheaded the creation of the first high-seas marine protected area, the Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals, established in 1999 by a treaty amongst Italy, France and Monaco. He has served as the Italian Commissioner at the International Whaling Commission (1999-2004), and as Chair of the Scientific Committee of ACCOBAMS (2002-2010). Currently the CoP-appointed Councillor for aquatic mammals at the Convention on Migratory Species; co-chair of the IUCN Task Force on marine mammal protected areas; deputy chair of the IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group; member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group; regional coordinator for the Mediterranean and Black Seas of IUCN WCPA – Marine; and Advisor, Pew Fellows in Marine Conservation. Teaches science and policy of the conservation of marine biodiversity at the University Statale of Milan. Author of about 160 scientific publications, and several books and popular writings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Tethys Research Institute, Milano City Aquarium, Viale G.B. Gadio 2, 20121 Milano, Italy

Michela Podestà

Michela Podestà is Curator of the Vertebrate Zoology Department of the Natural History Museum of Milan (1991 - today). Scientific coordinator of the national cetacean stranding network and manager of the online stranding database (, is author of many papers on the biology of Mediterranean cetacean. Participated as team leader to international research cruises (tagging, sightings, acoustic, mitigation procedures). Contract professor (anatomy of wild mammals) at the University of Padua (2000). Member of the Italian Delegation of the Scientific Committee at the International Whaling Commission (2006-2012). Founder of the European Cetacean Society (1986).

Affiliations and Expertise

Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano, Venezia, Italy

Barbara Curry

Barbara Curry

Barbara E. Curry is a Senior Research Scientist in the Physiological Ecology and Bioenergetics Laboratory of University of Central Florida’s Conservation Biology Program. Her research interests include stress and reproductive physiology, energetics, assimilation efficiency and nutritional ecology, with applications to ecosystem-based population management and conservation. She holds a PhD in the Biological Sciences from Texas A&M University, an MSc in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and a BA from University of California, Santa Cruz. Her doctoral research was fully funded by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and focused on phylogenetic relationships among bottlenose dolphins, genus Tursiops, worldwide. Curry was a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow at the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California. Working as a NOAA scientist for nearly ten years, she conducted a wide range of research projects including studies of marine mammal molecular genetics and of the physiological effects of stress in mammals. She has extensive laboratory experience including in molecular genetics, radioimmunoassay, histology and physiology. Field experience includes marine mammal stranding, recovery and necropsy, and abundance surveys in areas such as the Amazon River (Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia) and the Gulf of Mexico. She has taught a range of courses in the subjects of biology, physiology, anatomy, and vertebrate natural history. Curry has also served as a Mentor for the Harvey Mudd College Upward Bound Math and Science Program, and as a Lecturer for the National Science Foundation Young Scholars Program.

Affiliations and Expertise

Physiological Ecology and Bioenergetics Laboratory, Conservation Biology Program, University of Central Florida, USA