Suppose you were designing a marine mammal. What would they need to live in the ocean? How would you keep them warm? What design features would allow them to dive for very long periods to extreme depths? Do they need water to drink? How would you minimize the cost of swimming, and how would they find their prey in the deep and dark? These questions and more are examined in detail throughout Marine Mammal Physiology, which explores how marine mammals live in the sea from a physiological point of view. This undergraduate textbook considers the essential aspects of what makes a marine mammal different from terrestrial mammals, beyond just their environment. It focuses on the physiological and biochemical traits that have allowed this group of mammals to effectively exploit the marine environment that is so hostile to humans. The Table of Contents are organised around common student questions, taking the undergraduate’s point of view as the starting point. Each chapter provides a set of PowerPoint slides for instructors to use in teaching and students to use as study guides. New Study Questions and Critical Thinking Points conclude each chapter, which are each motivated by a Driving Question such as ” How do mammals stay warm in a cold ocean?” or “How do mammals survive the crushing pressures of the deep sea?” Full-colour images and comprehensive, accessible content make this the definitive textbook for marine mammal physiology.
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