Whales: Their Past, Present and Future


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Whales: Their Past, Present and Future Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: The Natural History Museum Language: English ISBN: 9780565094126 Categories: , ,

Whales are the world’s largest living mammals and for many centuries they have shared close connections with humans. This book explores the lives of these incredible animals, how they adapted to life in the oceans and how our relationship with them has continually evolved.Drawing on the latest scientific research from around the world, Whales describes their remarkable evolution from terrestrial to marine mammals, their life cycle, diversity and distribution, and the ecosystems that they are a part of in both life and death. Among the many extraordinary aspects of these intelligent, social creatures are the complex vocalizations they use to communicate over vast distances, with unique vocal cultures emerging between different groups over time.Learn more about the special fascination with which whales have been held in human culture, and how scientists are working to help conserve their future in the face of intense man-made pressure. Spectacular photographs of whales in the wild help reveal the mysterious lives of these majestic ocean giants.

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"This remarkable book is a rare beast - packing a blue whale-sized amount of information into a porpoise-compact volume. The authors, all researchers at the highly regarded Sea Mammal Research Unit at University of St Andrews, really know their stuff, and it shows in coverage of a wide range of aspects of whale evolution, ecology and, most fascinating of all, whale culture. In addition, Whales does not flinch from exploring our, at times, shameful relationship with these compelling animals and the seas and rivers in which they live." BBC Wildlife

Author Biography

Philip Hammond, Sonja Heinrich, Sascha Hooker and Peter Tyack are researchers at the Sea Mammal Research Unit based at the University of St Andrews.