Marine Mammals

Biology and Conservation

  • Peter G. H. Evans
  • Juan Antonio Raga

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction - Life History and Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-6
    2. Peter G. H. Evans, Ian Stirling
      Pages 7-62
  3. Sensory Systems and Behaviour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-137
    2. Jonathan Gordon, Peter L. Tyack
      Pages 139-196
    3. James R. Boran, Peter G. H. Evans, Martin J. Rosen
      Pages 197-242
    4. Humberto Luis Cappozzo
      Pages 243-263
  4. Survey and Study Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-268
    2. Jonathan Gordon, Peter L. Tyack
      Pages 293-324
  5. Health, Parasites and Pathogens

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-364
    2. Joseph R. Geraci, Valerie J. Lounsbury
      Pages 365-383
    3. F. Javier Aznar, Juan A. Balbuena, Mercedes Fernández, J. Antonio Raga
      Pages 385-423
    4. Mariano Domingo, Seamus Kennedy, Marie-Françoise van Bressem
      Pages 425-456
  6. Conservation and Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-462
    2. Bernd Würsig, Peter G. H. Evans
      Pages 565-587
    3. Bernd Würsig, Randall R. Reeves, J. G. Ortega-Ortiz
      Pages 589-608
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 609-630

About this book


Interest in marine mammals has increased dramatically in the last few decades, as evidenced by the number of books, scientific papers, and conferences devoted to these animals. Nowadays, a conference on marine mammals can attract between one and two thousand scientists from around the world. This upsurge of interest has resulted in a body of knowledge which, in many cases, has identified major conservation problems facing particular species. At the same time, this knowledge and the associated activities of environmental organisations have served to introduce marine mammals to a receptive public, to the extent that they are now perceived by many as the living icons of biodiversity conservation. Much of the impetus for the current interest in marine mammal conservation comes from "Save the Whale" campaigns started in the 1960s by environmental groups around the world, in response to declining whale populations after over-exploitation by humans. This public pressure led to an international moratorium on whaling recommended in 1972 by the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden, and eventually adopted by the International Whaling Commission ten years later. This moratorium largely holds sway to this day, and further protective measures have included the delimitation of extensive areas of the Indian Ocean (1979) and Southern Ocean (1994) as whale sanctuaries.


ecology ecosystem environment evolution genetics mammals ocean parasites parasitology physiology pollution population genetics reproduction taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter G. H. Evans
    • 1
  • Juan Antonio Raga
    • 2
  1. 1.Sea Watch FoundationOxfordEngland
  2. 2.University of ValenciaValenciaSpain

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-46573-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0529-7
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