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Hi I come from the UK.
I was wondering if you knew of any good books that are available to buy in
the UK that might help me with my project on Killer Whale anatomy?
I am having a hard job trying to find any information on their; digestive
system, skeletal system, excretory system, nervous system, circulatory
and their respiratory system?!?
My college library doesn't seem to be able to offer up any good quality
books and the websites I have searched always bring me to a dead end!
I hope you can help me as I'm at a loose end!
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I'm not aware of anything that would neatly solve your problem in one paper
or volume. BUT the following three volumes have lots of up to date, good
information on these subjects you mention and should give you enough.
Unfortunately, they're all somewhat expensive, so you may want to try a
good university library or interlibrary loan if you have time. Good luck!
Remember also, that in many cases, there is lots more work that has been
done on the killer whale's fellow, closely related oceanic dolphins, most
notably bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, and that you may find that
you can answer some of the questions by looking at what has been done on
Tursiops (if nothing exists for orca).
Reynolds, John E. III and Sentiel A. Rommel (eds). 1999. Biology of Marine
Mammals. Smithsonian Institution PRess, Washington DC. espec. chapter 2
on functional morphology p. 15-72, but also other chapters
Perrin, W.F., B. Würsig and J.G.M. Thewissen, eds. 2002. Encyclopedia of
Marine Mammals Academic Press, San Diego, CA. [ISBN: 0-12-551340-2]
various articles (quite a few)
Dahlheim, ME and Heyning, JE 1999. Killer whale Oricnisu orca (Linnaeus,
1758) In Handbook of Marine Mammals (SH Ridgway and R. Harrison, eds). p
281-322. Academic Press, San Diego.
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