Whales, Dolphins, And Porpoises: A Natural History And Species Guide

Hardcover | September 18, 2015

EditorAnnalisa Berta

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The eighty-nine cetacean species that swim our seas and rivers are as diverse as they are intelligent and elusive, from the hundred-foot-long, two-hundred-ton blue whale to the lesser-known tucuxi, ginkgo-toothed beaked whale, and diminutive, critically endangered vaquita. The huge distances these highly migratory creatures cover and the depths they dive mean we catch only the merest glimpses of their lives as they break the surface of the water. But thanks to the marriage of science and technology, we are now beginning to understand their anatomy, complex social structures, extraordinary communication abilities, and behavioral patterns. In this beautifully illustrated guide, renowned marine mammalogist Annalisa Berta draws on the contributions of a pod of fellow whale biologists to present the most comprehensive, authoritative overview ever published of these remarkable aquatic mammals.

Opening with an accessible rundown of cetacean biology—including the most recent science on feeding, mating, and communication—Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises then presents species-specific natural history on a range of topics, from anatomy and diet to distribution and conservation status. Each entry also includes original drawings of the species and its key identifiers, such as fin shape and color, tooth shape, and characteristic markings as they would appear both above and below water—a feature unique to this book.

Figures of myth and—as the debate over hunting rages on—figures of conflict since long before the days of Moby-Dick, whales, dolphins, and porpoises are also ecologically important and, in many cases, threatened. Written for general enthusiasts, emergent cetacean fans, and biologists alike, this stunning, urgently needed book will serve as the definitive guide for years to come.

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The eighty-nine cetacean species that swim our seas and rivers are as diverse as they are intelligent and elusive, from the hundred-foot-long, two-hundred-ton blue whale to the lesser-known tucuxi, ginkgo-toothed beaked whale, and diminutive, critically endangered vaquita. The huge distances these highly migratory creatures cover and t...

Annalisa Berta is professor of biology at San Diego State University, where she specializes in the evolutionary biology of marine mammals, especially baleen whales. Berta is coauthor of Marine Mammals, Third Edition: Evolutionary Biology and author of Return to the Sea: The Life and Evolutionary Times of Marine Mammals. She lives in Sa...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.75 × 11 × 1 inPublished:September 18, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Biology
Phylogeny & Evolution
Anatomy & Physiology
Behavior
Food & Foraging
Life History
Range
Habitat
Conservation & Management

Identification Tools & Maps
Identification Keys
Surface Behaviors
How & Where To Watch

The Species Directory
How to Use the Species Directory

Right Whales
    Southern Right Whale
    North Atlantic Right Whale
    North Pacific Right Whale
    Bowhead Whale
    Pygmy Right Whale


Rorqual Whales & Gray Whale
    Gray Whale
    Common Minke Whale
    Antarctic Minke Whale
    Sei Whale
    Bryde’s Whale
    Blue Whale
    Omura’s Whale
    Fin Whale
    Humpback Whale


Oceanic Dolphins
    Commerson’s Dolphin
    Chilean Dolphin
    Heaviside’s Dolphin
    Hector’s Dolphin
    Long-Beaked Common Dolphin
    Short-Beaked Common Dolphin
    Pygmy Killer Whale
    Short-Finned Pilot Whale
    Long-Finned Pilot Whale
    Risso’s Dolphin
    Fraser’s Dolphin
    Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin
    White-Beaked Dolphin
    Peale’s Dolphin
    Hourglass Dolphin
    Pacific White-Sided Dolphin
    Dusky Dolphin
    Northern Right Whale Dolphin
    Southern Right Whale Dolphin
    Irrawaddy Dolphin
    Australian Snubfin Dolphin
    Killer Whale
    Melon-Headed Whale
    False Killer Whale
    Tucuxi
    Guiana Dolphin
    Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin
    Indian Humpback Dolphin
    Australian Humpback Dolphin
    Atlantic Humpback Dolphin
    Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
    Clymene Dolphin
    Striped Dolphin
    Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
    Spinner Dolphin
    Rough-Toothed Dolphin
    Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin
    Common Bottlenose Dolphin


Sperm Whales
    Sperm Whale
    Pygmy Sperm Whale
    Dwarf Sperm Whale
    Narwhal & Beluga
    Narwhal
    Beluga

   
Beaked Whales
    Arnoux’s Beaked Whale
    Baird’s Beaked Whale
    Northern Bottlenose Whale
    Southern Bottlenose Whale
    Longman’s Beaked Whale
    Sowerby’s Beaked Whale
    Andrews’ Beaked Whale
    Hubbs’ Beaked Whale
    Blainville’s Beaked Whale
    Gervais’ Beaked Whale
    Ginkgo-Toothed Beaked Whale
    Gray’s Beaked Whale
    Hector’s Beaked Whale
    Deraniyagala’s Beaked Whale
    Strap-Toothed Whale
    True’s Beaked Whale
    Perrin’s Beaked Whale
    Pygmy Beaked Whale
    Stejneger’s Beaked Whale
    Spade-Toothed Beaked Whale
    Shepherd’s Beaked Whale
    Cuvier’s Beaked Whale


River Dolphins
    Baiji
    Franciscana
    Amazon River Dolphin
    Ganges River Dolphin

   
Porpoises
    Narrow-Ridged Finless Porpoise
    Indo-Pacific Finless Porpoise
    Spectacled Porpoise
    Harbor Porpoise
    Vaquita
    Burmeister’s Porpoise
    Dall’s Porpoise


Appendices
Classification of Cetaceans
Glossary
Resources
Notes on Contributors
Index

Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

“A well illustrated reference book . . . to the world’s cetaceans.”