Masters of the Ocean Realm
Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises
In the wide sea, whales, dolphins and porpoises are our closerelatives, leading lives much more complex than previously suspected.They live in all the world's oceans, many seas, and even somerivers. As a group, they include the largest animal known to haveexisted on the planet, one of the most powerful hunters of moderntimes, and some of the most intelligent animals in the world.
Masters of the Ocean Realm provides a colourful, accessibleintroduction to how scientists study cetaceans and what they havelearned. The book shows the interaction of whales, dolphins, porpoises,and human cultures around the world and discusses such conservationissues as tuna fishing, whaling, habitat degradation, pollution, andthe threat of extinction. Numerous colour illustrations make the bookappealing to a wide audience. Informative sidebars address topics suchas whale intelligence, the mystery of mass strandings, and thetuna-dolphin controversy.
1. The Basic Whale and Dolphin
3. Life Below the Surface
Behavior and Social Systems
4. The Challenges of Research
Tagging and Photo-identification Strandings
How Many Species?
How Many Whales?
Accidental Deaths in Fishing Gear
Pollution and Habitat Destruction
The Role of Research
6. Whales and People
Greek and Minoan Civilizations
Nineteenth-century New England
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