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Whales, dolphins, & porpoises : a natural history and species guide

Author: Annalisa Berta
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Identification
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annalisa Berta
ISBN: 9780226183190 022618319X
OCLC Number: 904715707
Description: 288 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 x 29 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The biology --
Identification tools & maps --
The species directory --
Appendices. Classification of cetaceans ; Glossary ; Resources ; Notes on contributors ; Index ; Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: Whales, dolphins, and porpoises : a natural history and species guide
Responsibility: edited by Annalisa 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. --Publisher.

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