9780813017754

The Bottlenose Dolphin: Biology and Conservation

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813017754

  • ISBN10:

    0813017750

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-08-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
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Summary

The Bottlenose Dolphin presents for the first time a comprehensive, colorfully illustrated, and concise overview of a species that has fascinated humans for at least 3,000 years.

After reviewing historical myths and legends of the dolphin back to the ancient Greeks and discussing current human attitudes and interactions, the author replaces myths with facts -- up-to-date scientific assessment of dolphin evolution, behavior, ecology, morphology, reproduction, and genetics -- while also tackling the difficult issues of dolphin conservation and management.

Although comprehensive enough to be of great value to professionals, educators, and students, the book is written in a manner that all dolphin lovers will enjoy. Randall Wells's anecdotes interspersed throughout the work offer a firsthand view of dolphin encounters and research based on three decades working with them. Color photographs and nearly 100 black and white illustrations, including many by National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin, beautifully enhance the text.

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Author Biography

John E. Reynolds III is professor of marine science at Echerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
ix
Acknowledgments xiii
A Crisis at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century?
1(13)
Bottlenose Dolphins: Special or Not?
14(10)
Dolphin Evolution: Origins and Outcomes
24(11)
Function and Structure
35(50)
Life History Strategies
85(20)
The Daily Lives of Dolphins
105(32)
Intelligence and Cognition
137(13)
Human Interactions with Dolphins
150(27)
The Stock Question: Lumpers vs. Splitters
177(8)
Conservation Strategies and Legislation
185(18)
Glossary 203(4)
Notes 207(38)
Bibliography 245(30)
Index 275

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