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Sperm whales : social evolution in the ocean

Author: Hal Whitehead
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Famed in story as "the great leviathans," sperm whales are truly creatures of extremes. Giants among all whales, they also have the largest brains of any creature on Earth. Males can reach a length of sixty-two feet and can weigh upwards of fifty tons. With this book, Hal Whitehead gives us a clearer picture of the ecology and social life of sperm whales than we have ever had before. Based on almost two decades of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hal Whitehead
ISBN: 0226895173 9780226895178 0226895181 9780226895185
OCLC Number: 51242162
Description: xxiii, 431 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The sperm whale: an animal of extremes --
The oceanic habitat of the sperm whale --
The sperm whale: on the move through an ocean --
Sperm whale populations --
Sperm whale behavior and vocalizations --
Sperm whale societies --
Sperm whale cultures --
Social and cultural evolution in the ocean --
Sperm whales and the future --
Appendix: How we study the sperm whale.
Responsibility: Hal Whitehead.
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With this volume, Hal Whitehead gives us a clearer picture of the ecology and social life of sperm whales than we have ever had before. Of interest to animal behaviourists, conservationists,  Read more...

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