Well, what you're looking for is a whole lot of general information
which can be found in any one of the many existing books on whales. You
can find some of these at your local library, or just do a Web search on
"whales" or some variation of this - there's a ton of information out
there, and it's not hard to find.
Some book suggestions:
Whales and Dolphins, by Anthony Martin and a team of experts, Salamander
Books Ltd. London, 1990. A thoroughly researched and beautifully
illustrated overview of cetaceans.
The Natural History of Whales and Dolphins, by Peter Evans, Christopher
Helm (Publishers) Ltd, London, 1987. An in-depth review of the biology
Whales of the World, by Phil Clapham (yes, me!) Voyageur Press,
Stillwater, Minnesota, 2002. A coffee-table-type book which gives an
overview of the general biology and behavior of all the great whales, as
well as species accounts for each.
The Audubon Guide to Marine Mammals, by Randall Reeves, Brent Stewart,
Phil Clapham and Buddy Powell. Knopf, New York, 2002. Just published,
and about the most up-to-date field guide to these animals.
Whales, by E. J. Slijper, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York,
1962. Although out of date in some respects, this remains one of the
best and most thorough books ever written about the biology of whales,
and is indispensible to the serious student of the subject.
In addition to the above, the WorldLife Library published by Voyageur
Press presents detailed looks at the biology and behavior of three
species of whales in the following books:
Blue Whales, by John Calambokidis and Gretchen Steiger.
Humpback Whales, by Phil Clapham.
Killer Whales, by Sara and Jim Heimlich-Boran.
> Hello Phillip! My name is Shanika Smith. And I'm helping my brother
> with his Animal Report about whales! And we would really appreciate it
> if you cold tell us about the continent, oceans, and habitats of
> whales? And it would also be appreciated if you could email me back
> Thank You!!!
> Shanika Smith
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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