From: Phil Clapham (phillip.clapham@noaa.gov)
Date: Wed Sep 04 2002 - 08:25:49 EDT

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    Hi Brittany:

    Cetology is the study of cetaceans, so anyone who works on anything to
    do with these animals could be called a cetologist. Cetaceans are the
    mammalian group that includes all of the whales, dolphins and porpoises
    (around 80 species in all), and the word comes from the old Greek word
    "ketos", which means "sea monster" (still in use in Greece today, though
    the more common word for whale there is "phalena").

    The easiest thing for me to do to answer your questions about careers is
    to point you to the web site of the Society for Marine Mammalogy, which
    has an excellent section on this topic:


    Good luck!

    Phil Clapham


    Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D. Large Whale Biology Program Northeast Fisheries Science Center 166 Water Street Woods Hole, MA 02543, U.S.A.

    tel. 508 495-2316 fax 508 495-2066 email: pclapham@whsun1.wh.whoi.edu

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