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Masters of the Ocean Realm

Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

Masters of the Ocean Realm provides a colourful, accessible introduction to how scientists study cetaceans, such as whales and dolphins, and what they have learned. The book shows the interaction of whales, dolphins, porpoises, and human cultures around the world and discusses such conservation issues as tuna fishing, whaling, habitat degradation, pollution, and the threat of extinction. Numerous colour illustrations make the book appealing to a wide audience. Informative sidebars address topics such as whale intelligence, the mystery of mass strandings, and the tuna-dolphin controversy.

112 pages

Table of Contents


1. The Basic Whale and Dolphin

2. Evolution

Miocene Diversity

Modern Diversity

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?

5. Conservation

Modern Whaling

Accidental Deaths in Fishing Gear

Pollution and Habitat Destruction

The Role of Research

6. Whales and People

Greek and Minoan Civilizations

The Tlingit

Nineteenth-century New England

The Eskimo





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