whale anatomy

From: Orca Network (howard@orcanetwork.org)
Date: Fri Jan 17 2003 - 21:07:03 EST

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    I have always had difficulty in finding anatomy of
    marine mammals such as dolphines and whales. Do you
    know where bone and muscle structures of these animals
    can be found. Particularly images of their stuctures.
    Thank you,
    Thayne

    Dear Thayne,

    Your aren't the only one who can't find a good reference book on whale
    anatomy. For all the whaling done in past decades and more recently in the
    name of "scientific research" there certainly hasn't been much published
    about the internal anatomy of cetaceans. A good source of information was
    a book entitled Whales by E.J. Sljiper, 1979, Cornell University Press (I'm
    not sure of the spelling of the author's name or if the book is still
    available) . There is also the Handbook of Marine Mammals, edited by S.H.
    Ridgway and Sir R. Harrison, 1994, Academic Press.

    You might also try:

    Biology of Marine Mammals
    John E., III Reynolds (Editor), Sentiel A. Rommel (Editor)
    Taking an integrated approach to the biology of marine carnivores,
    cetaceans, and sirenians, twenty-two prominent researchers compare marine
    mammals with one another and with terrestrial mammals, providing a
    framework for fundamental biological and ecological concepts.
    Scientific advances in the study of marine mammals such as whales, seals
    manatees, otters, polar bears, and dolphins have increased exponentially in
    recent decades, yet few books have fully surveyed the biology of this
    group. As an introduction for students, a reference for professionals in
    related fields, and a comprehensive resource for marine mammal biologists
    and managers, Biology of Marine Mammals provides a wealth of information
    that can be broadly applied.

    Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology
    by Annalisa Berta, James L. Sumich, Pieter Arend Folkens (Illustrator)
    Designed both as an advanced text and as a reference for professionals,
    this book employs a comparative phylogenic approach to marine mammal
    diversity. By establishing an evolutionary framework for the principal
    lineages, it provides a phylogenic context for chapters on major organ
    systems, diving physiology, diet, sound production and echolocation,
    reproductive behavior, and conservation.

    CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, Second Edition

    Howard Garrett
    Orca Network
    Greenbank WA
    (360) 678-3451
    www.orcanetwork.org
    howard@orcanetwork.org



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