National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World

ISBN-10: 0375411410

ISBN-13: 9780375411410

Edition: 2002

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The National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World describes in fascinating detail all 120 species of the world's whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions, manatees, Marine and Sea Otters, and the Polar Bear. Written by a team of experts and featuring more than 320 illustrations, 418 photographs, and 123 maps, this new guide offers more authoritative, up-to-date, and accessible information than any book previously published on the subject. Organized by the four major groups of marine mammals—marine fissipeds, pinnipeds, cetaceans, and sirenians—the species descriptions include: Full-color paintings, some depicting males and females, juveniles, subspecies, or special features. Color photographs showing appearance in the wild and illustrating typical behaviors. Life history data, including length and weight at various life stages, and life span. Range and habitat text and a full-color range map based on the most current information. Facts about social organization, surface behaviors, swimming, and diving. Information on mating behavior, breeding, and the rearing of young. Details about food items and foraging techniques. Estimates of population in the wild, plus current and historic threats. A general introduction outlines the evolution and taxonomy of marine mammals, distribution, migration, watching guidelines, identification techniques, organizations and laws that protect marine mammals, and more. Introductions to groups include comparative size illustrations, discussion of behaviors particular to the group, and other unique features. A useful illustrated glossary of terms and an index of species names complete the guide. Exquisitely detailed illustrations, stunning photographs, and clearly written text combine to make this an indispensible reference source for marine mammal watchers and anyone interested in the natural world.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/2/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on, beneath or near the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation. The acclaimed author of Creatures of the Deep, Orca: The Whale Called Killer, Meeting the Whales, The Earth Dwellers and Insect Lives, Hoyt lives in Scotland.

Introduction
What Is a Marine Mammal?
Range and Habitat
Behavior
Reproduction
Food and Foraging
Status and Conservation
Watching Marine Mammals
Organization of the Guide
Polar Bear and Otters
Polar Bear
Otters
Pinnipeds
Eared Seals
Walrus
True Seals
Cetaceans
Baleen Whales
Sperm Whales
Beaked Whales
River Dolphins
Beluga and Narwhal
Ocean Dolphins
Porpoises
Sirenians
Dugong
Manatees
Appendices
Regional Assemblages
Marine Mammal Morphology
Illustrated Glossary
Photo Credits
Index
Contributors
Acknowledgements
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