Subject: Looking for material

Phil Clapham (
Fri, 08 Jan 1999 15:19:39 -0500


The immediate answer to your question is that there are a couple of
books I'd recommend that are professional-level texts on cetaceans. 
Both are available used from (which is a superb
source for used books generally):

Slijper, E.J.  Whales.  Cornell University Press (also published earlier
by Basic Books - either edition is fine).  Very much out of date on
certain issues, but in terms of anatomy, physiology and much of the
basics of cetacean biology it is still the classic reference in the
field.  It's extremely well written (handles issues technically but in
terms that are easily understood), and is indispensable to the serious
student of the subject.

Evans, P.  The natural history of whales and dolphins.  Facts on File,
New York.  A very good introductory text.

On the coffee-table side of things, I'd push either my own most recent
books or one by my friend Dr Tony Martin:

Clapham, P.J.  Whales of the world.  Voyageur Press.

Martin, A.R.  Whales and dolphins.  Salamander Books.

In terms of careers, Whalenet has an excellent careers site, as does the
Society for Marine Mammalogy (  This is
not an easy field to get into, especially for someone transferring from
an unrelated field; the key is proper training and experience.

Good luck.

Phil Clapham wrote:
> A used text book(if possible) on Marine Biology, or mostly Marine Mammal
> Science, I am interested on becoming a  Marine Mammal Scientist, but I would
> first read more into the specific text, to make sure that is exactly what I
> want before making any major career moves...I am a Business Manager and
> started reading and spending alot of time down by the oceans in N.C. when my
> husband was in the marine corps, but  due to us moving back to our hometown in
> WI, theres not much of a demand for that here, also I can't get any of the
> education either...The closest to WI that is of interest to me is
> Indianapolis,IN  I know there is a university there,I heard they do offer
> those courses, and the zoo there also has a aquarium of bottlenose(my
> favorites)...I have tried looking for over 2 years and cant locate any
> text/college material on that subject...Hopefully you can be of help with
> me...My main goal is to work with/train,etc the dolphins, and once I get the
> education/training I need, I would look to move down south more to a warmer
> climate....
> Thank You!!!
> Denise Marie Schultz
> 3685 S. Logan Ave
> Milwaukee, WI  53207


Phillip J. Clapham, Ph.D.
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