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The lives of Hawai’i’s dolphins and whales: natural history and conservationArtist/Author: Baird, Robin W.
Although this book covers the well-known resident spinner dolphins and the visiting humpback whales, it particularly highlights the ten species of lesser-known open-ocean dolphins and whales that are resident to the marine slopes of the islands. These include endangered false killer whales, deep-diving Cuvier’s and Blainville’s beaked whales, abundant spotted dolphins, coastal bottlenose dolphins, cryptic dwarf sperm whales, family units of short-finned pilot whales, and social melon-headed whales, among others. Also described are thirteen species of dolphins and whales found in offshore waters or that visit the Hawaiian waters seasonally or occasionally, including killer whales, the iconic sperm whale, and even blue whales and North Pacific right whales.
Whales, dolphins and porpoises: a natural history and species guide.Artist/Author: Berta, Annalisa.
Currently consisting of 90 species, the order Cetacea contains some of the most diverse, intelligent, and elusive animals on the planet. Highly migratory, the huge distances they cover and the depths they dive mean we catch only the merest glimpse of their lives. Technological advances have, however, increased our understanding, and for the first time, this book gathers together all the most interesting new research to offer detailed profiles of each species, alongside the information needed to identify them. This title combines highlights from the latest scholarly studies of the nature and behaviour of the world’s whales, dolphins, and porpoises, with a hardworking field guide for use in observing these animals in the wild. Beautifully illustrated, and highly accessible, this book will become a favourite of naturalists and professionals alike.
The cultural lives of whales and dolphins.Artist/Author: Whitehead, Hal and Luke Rendell.
There are many clear examples of the transmission of information among cetaceans, such as the songs and bubble feeding of humpback whales; young killer whales learning to knock a seal from an ice floe in the same way their mother does; and the use of sea sponges by the dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia, to protect their beaks while foraging for fish. Just as human cultures pass on languages, tastes in food and modes of dress, could whales and dolphins have developed a culture of their very own? Unequivocally: yes. In this book, cetacean biologists Hal Whitehead and Luke Rendell, open an astounding porthole onto the fascinating culture beneath the waves. They show how cetacean culture and its transmission are shaped by a blend of adaptations, innate sociality, and the unique environment in which whales and dolphins live: a watery world in which a hundred-and-fifty-ton blue whale can move with utter grace, and where the vertical expanse is as vital, and almost as vast, as the horizontal. Drawing on their own research as well as a scientific literature as immense as the sea – including evolutionary biology, animal behavior, ecology, anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience – Whitehead and Rendell dive into realms both humbling and enlightening as they seek to define what cetacean culture is, why it exists, and what it means for the future of whales and dolphins. And ultimately, what it means for our future, as well. Also available in paperback [stock id 38333].
Into great silence: a memoir of discovery and loss among vanishing Orcas.Artist/Author: Saulitis, Eva.
Science entwines with emotion as a whale researcher chronicles the lives of an endangered family of orcas. Eva Saulitis began her whale research in Alaska in the 1980s, chronicling the lives of a single extended family of endangered orcas struggling to survive in Prince William Sound. Over the course of a decades-long career spent observing and studying these whales, and eventually coming to know them as individuals, she has, sadly, witnessed the devastation wrought by the Exxon Valdez oil spill of 1989–after which not a single calf has been born to the group. With the intellectual rigor of a scientist, Saulitis gives voice to these vital yet vanishing survivors and the place they are so loyal to. Both an elegy for one orca family and a celebration of the entire species, this book is a moving portrait of the interconnectedness of humans with animals and place and of the responsibility we have to protect them. Also available in hardcover [stock id 36940].
Watching whales and dolphins in Southern Africa.Artist/Author: Ashton, Noel and Belinda Ashton.
Southern Africa has some of the best whale and dolphin watching opportunities in the world. This is an essential guide to watching the region’s 12 most common species. In addition to species accounts and charts that aid identification, this guide provides detailed information on cetaceans – their evolution, senses, behaviour, classification and anatomy. Multiple, clear images, both photographic and illustrated, help identify each species by showing how to read the partial signs that cetaceans usually offer, such as a flipper, tail, or even just their ‘blow’. The book also discusses the tragic toll that hunting has had on whale populations, and the ongoing struggle to protect these majestic mammals. This is an invaluable guide for anyone wishing to know more about whales and dolphins of the region.
A savage history: whaling in the Pacific and Southern Oceans.Artist/Author: Newton, John.
Celebrated, revered, studied and increasingly watched for pleasure rather than hunted, whales hold particular allure. Humans have always been in awe of them, but for much of history we have been compelled to dominate and kill. This book tells the rich history of whales and whaling. We learn about these highly intelligent and magnificent creatures, and follow the stories of whalers from the eighteenth century who hunted their prey along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand, across the Pacific and into the Southern Ocean. The result is a powerful account of a complex and bloody relationship. Although the modern era has seen the end of industrial whaling, as John Newton shows, the work of those who want to protect whales is far from over.
Dolphins down under: understanding the New Zealand dolphin.Artist/Author: Slooten, Liz and Steve Dawson.
Also know as Hector’s dolphin, this species is confined to New Zealand waters. The authors’ intensive study covers distribution, behaviour, biology, reproduction and communication, using photography as their principal research tool. Over 100 individual dolphins have been identified and their life events recorded.
Dolphin.Artist/Author: Rauch, Alan.
Reaktion Animal Series. Despite our familiarity with dolphins, many people remain ill-informed about how they evolved, how they function and how they have interacted with humans for millennia. This book dives into the dolphin’s zoology, as well as its social and cultural history, to offer a comprehensive view of these delightful creatures. Drawing on his years of experience working with and studying dolphins, Alan Rauch explores their propensity to live in pods and their ability to communicate through a variety of clicks, whistles and other vocalizations. He examines their long relationship with humans, describing how they became the emblem of safe travel and charity, and how they have featured in history and religion. Packed with images and thoughtful insights, Dolphin is a revealing look at one of our favourite sea creatures.
Beautiful whale.Artist/Author: Austin, Bryant and Sylvia A. Earle.
Features stunning large format photographs. Photographer and conservationist Bryant Austin had long searched for an impactful way to inspire change in whaling nations. For many years, he searched for a way to photograph whales in the wild that would capture their awe inspiring beauty, grace and intelligence. A chance encounter with a humpback calf and mother finally opened Austin’s eyes and helped him to develop a novel way of producing high resolution, life size photography of these astounding animals. Spending weeks with groups of whales off Tonga, Dominica, and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, Austin immerses himself in the water for many hours each day, waiting patiently for whales to approach him. He remains motionless, allowing humpback, sperm and minke whales that are sometimes 100 feet in length and weigh as much as 55 tons to come within ten feet of him. This allows him to create detailed, intimate portraits of his subjects. Austin’s first book, presents remarkable close ups of whales, including a special focus on their eyes, as well as full body portraits created by compiling hundreds of images. The book includes a foreword by oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle.
Ecology and conservation of the Sirenia: dugongs and manatees.Artist/Author: Marsh, Helene, Thomas J. O'Shea, and John E. Reynolds.
Dugongs and manatees, the only fully aquatic herbivorous mammals, are threatened by multiple global problems. This book provides comparative information on all four surviving species. It presents detailed scientific summaries, covering sirenian feeding biology; reproduction and population dynamics; behavioural ecology; habitat requirements and threats to their continued existence. Outlining the current conservation status of the sirenian taxa, this unique study will equip researchers and professionals with the scientific knowledge required to develop proactive, precautionary and achievable strategies to conserve dugongs and manatees.
Floating gold: the search for ambergris, the most elusive natural substance in the world.Artist/Author: Kemp, Christopher.
Journalist and biologist Christopher Kemp discovers a hidden world of money, intrigue and amazing wealth. Ambergris is a by-product of sperm whales, used for centuries as a perfume, medicine and aphrodisiac. It appears on beaches all over the world and depending on what state it’s in, can be mistaken for all manner of things. For those in the know, it’s an amazing source of wealth — ambergris trades for US$20 a gram, nearly the price of gold. Christopher Kemp travels from the shores of NZ, to the Smithsonian and New Nedford Whaling museum; he meets amateurs, professional hunters, scientists, elusive vendors who traffic ambergris, people who won’t confess to have found any, and strangers denying what they are looking for. As he discovers more about ambergris’ origins, its uses present day and historic, the outrageous lengths people have gone to find it and the intriguing efforts people go to in order to keep what they know about ambergris a secret, the more his infectious obsession grows.
Floating gold: a natural (and unnatural) history of ambergris.Artist/Author: Kemp, Christopher.
Whale dung is not the first image that comes to mind when we think of perfume, otherwise a symbol of glamour and allure. But the key ingredient that makes the sophisticated scent linger on the skin is precisely this bizarre digestive by-product-ambergris. Despite being one of the world’s most expensive substances (its value is nearly that of gold and has at times in history been triple it), it is also one of the world’s least known. With this unusual and highly alluring book, Kemp promises to change that by uncovering the unique history of ambergris. A rare secretion produced only by sperm whales, which have a fondness for squid but an inability to digest their beaks, ambergris is expelled at sea and floats on ocean currents for years, slowly transforming, before it sometimes washes ashore looking like a nondescript waxy pebble. It can appear almost anywhere but is found so rarely it might as well appear nowhere. Kemp’s journey begins with an encounter on a New Zealand beach with a giant lump of faux ambergris, this encounter inspires a comprehensive quest to seek out ambergris and its story. He takes us from the wild, rocky New Zealand coastline to Stewart Island, a remote, wind-swept island in the southern seas, to Boston and Cape Cod, and back again. Along the way, he tracks down the secretive collectors and traders who populate the clandestine modern-day ambergris trade. This book is an entertaining and lively history that not only covers these precious grey lumps and those who covet them, but also presents a highly informative account of the natural history of whales, squid, ocean ecology, and even a history of the perfume industry. Kemp’s obsessive curiosity is infectious, and eager readers will feel as though they have stumbled upon a precious bounty of this intriguing substance. Also available in paperback [stock id 34330].