Sensory Abilities of Cetaceans

Laboratory and Field Evidence

  • Jeanette A. Thomas
  • Ronald A. Kastelein

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 196)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sensory Anatomy and Physiology

  3. Acoustic Senses

    1. Echolocation/Sound Production

    2. Hearing

  4. Chemical/Tactile/Visual Senses

    1. William A. Friedl, Paul E. Nachtigall, Patrick W. B. Moore, Norman K. W. Chun, Jeffrey E. Haun, Richard W. Hall et al.
      Pages 447-454
    2. Ronald A. Kastelein, Ruud C. V. J. Zweypfenning, Henk Spekreijse
      Pages 463-480
    3. Vitaly B. Kuznetzov
      Pages 481-503
    4. Alla Mass, Alexander Supin
      Pages 505-517
    5. Joseph R. Mobley Jr., David A. Helweg
      Pages 519-536
    6. Bernd Würsig, Thomas R. Kieckhefer, Thomas A. Jefferson
      Pages 545-559
  5. Communication

    1. Christopher W. Clark
      Pages 571-583
    2. Manuel E. dos Santos, Giorgio Caporin, H. Onofre Moreira, António J. Ferreira, J. L. Bento Coelho
      Pages 585-598
    3. Vladimir I. Markov, Vera M. Ostrovskaya
      Pages 599-622
    4. Irina E. Sidorova, Vladimir I. Markov, Vera M. Ostrovskaya
      Pages 623-634
    5. Christopher W. Clark
      Pages 635-638
  6. Other Senses

About this book


This book evolved through the efforts of several organizations and the dedication of many individuals. In 1987, we received arequest to propose a workshop topic for the Fifth International Theriological Congress (ITC) to be held in August 1989 in Rome, Italy. After looking up the meaning of the word "theriological" in the dictionary and discovering that it pertains to mammalian behavior, we decided a symposium on sensory abilities of whales and dOlphins would be an interesting topic. The ITC convenes only every five years and has the distinction of being very weIl attended by scientists from around the world. We thought that hosting a workshop in conjunction with the ITC would attract a variety of international scientists that rarely have the opportunity to interact. Fortunately for all involved, our prediction was correct. The first two days of the workshop, 23-24 August 1989, were held in conjunction with ITC and the nearly 1,000 attending scientists were able to view our posters and listen to lectures. The third day was limited to only ab out 65 invited scientists who were divided into topical working groups chaired by a rapporteur.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jeanette A. Thomas
    • 1
  • Ronald A. Kastelein
    • 2
  1. 1.Western Illinois UniversityMacombUSA
  2. 2.Harderwijk Marine Mammal ParkHarderwijkThe Netherlands

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