Handbook of Marine Mammals, Vol. 3: The Sirenians and Baleen Whales

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9780125885034: Handbook of Marine Mammals, Vol. 3: The Sirenians and Baleen Whales

From the back cover: Interest in marine mammals has increased greatly in recent years as our knowledge of them has grown. In particular, the large cetacean brain and the supposed superior intelligence of marine mammals over other animals, in conjunction with their obvious diving and swimming abilities, have made them fascinating creatures to study. Public involvement in the effort to conserve them from hunting by man and newly discovered ways of catching and maintaining them in captivity have all helped to increase their popularity and importance. In some cases this has resulted in the establishment of codes of practice for their capture, harvesting and transportation and has improved their lot from being mere objects of curiosity and participants in circus acts. However, the natural habitat of these animals has not facilitated a systematic investigation of them, and the marine mammalogist must necessarily specialize in one or a few types. It would be virtually impossible, therefore, for a single author to compile a complete description of the whole range of these animals, from walruses and whales to dugongs and manatees. In the light of this consideration the "Handbook of Marine Mammals was commissioned as a series of separate accounts of a single marine mammal. Each chapter is the outcome of many personal experiences of an international expert on the particular animal, and so includes subtle observations which might be unknown or overlooked by an ordinary reviewer.

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