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Reference Resources for Exploring the World Ocean by Chamberlin and Dickey, 2008

The following references were used in preparation of the text. They are provided here for students and instructors who wish to gain a broader knowledge and explore further the concepts and ideas presented in the textbook. References with an asterisk (*) are in Professor Sean’s collection. Feel free to ask about them. And if you know of a good reference that we have omitted, please let us know! (schamberlin@fullcoll.edu)
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Marine Mammals

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*Reynolds III, John E., and Sentiel A. Rommel, editors. 1999. Biology of Marine Mammals. Smithsonian Institution Press: Washington DC.

Reference for: Chapter 12, The Nekton

If you want to learn about marine mammals and scientific efforts to understand them, this book will more than suffice. What it lacks in pretty pictures, it makes up for in its attention to marine mammal science. References are embedded within the text and listed at the end of each chapter which makes this book an excellent source for tracking down the scientific literature on which particular scientific claims are based. This book also includes lots of tables of data and some key illustrations for explaining concepts. It’s probably a bit advanced for an introductory course in marine mammals but it is a highly readable and comprehensive work on all marine mammals

*Bennett, Ben. 1989. The Oceanic Society Field Guide to the Gray Whale. Sasquatch Books: WA

This is a nice little field book and journal with maps on where to watch gray whales along the Pacific coast. Keep it in the car and head down (or up) US 1.


*Berta, Annalisa, and James L. Sumich. 1999. Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology. Academic Press: CA

This textbook on marine mammals strikes just the right balance for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of marine mammals. It avoids overly technical and jargony explanations but provides enough detail and ample references to allow for further inquiry for those who are interested. Though written for upper-division biology students, graduate students, and researchers, this book is very accessible to non-biologists, general education instructors, and interested laypersons. It helps that their subject matter is fascinating, too!


*Carwardine, Mark, editor. 1999. Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises, 2nd Edition. Checkmark Books: NY

As a pictorial reference, this book offers an excellent overview of the cetaceans. It’s also arranged topically, offering comparisons and contrasts among species, and insightful illustrations and commentary on cetacean behavior. This book makes an excellent quick reference for students and instructors who wish to obtain a broad overview of a topic prior to consulting more rigorous and detailed references.


*Eder, Tamara. 2002. Whales and Other Marine Mammals of California and Baja. Lone Pine Publishing: WA

A field guide to marine mammals of California and Baja.


*Ford, John K. B., Graeme M. Ellis, and Kenneth Balcomb. 2000. Killer Whales: The Natural History and genealogy of Orcinus orca in British Columbia and Washington, 2nd Edition. UBC Press (Vancouver) and University of Washington Press (WA).

This is a beautifully photographed and scientifically focused volume most of which is devoted to the identification and description of individual whales their pod, and their lineage.



*Hoyt, Erich. 1990. Orca: The Whale Called Killer. Firefly Books: Canada.

Part journal, part science book, Hoyt’s narrative provides insights into why killer whales are among the most misunderstood majestic creatures in the world ocean.


*Mann, Janet, Richard C. Connor, Peter L. Tyack, and Hal Whitehead. 2000. Cetacean Societies: Field Studies of Dolphins and Whales. University of Chicago Press: IL


*National Research Council. 2003. Ocean Noise and Marine Mammals. National Academies Press: Washington, DC


*Perrin, William F., Bernd Würsig, and J. G. M. Thewissen. 2002. Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. Academic Press: CA.

Arranged alphabetically and covering nearly every conceivable aspect of marine mammals, this enormous volume is the de facto desk reference on this topic. It not only covers all species but it includes topical references as well, such as age estimation, aggressive behavior, morphology, parental behavior, popular culture and literature, and much, much more. Filled with drawings, photos, graphs, tables, and illustrations, this book offers a plethora of resources for students and instructors.

*Powell, James. 2002. Manatees: Natural History and Conservation. Voyageur Press: MN.

A photographic overview of manatees with a brief account of their natural history and efforts to save them. This simplified account is aimed at the layperson and younger audiences.

*Richardson, W. John, Charles R. Greene, Jr., Charles I. Malme, and Denis H. Thomson. 1995. Marine Mammals and Noise. Academic Press: CA

This comprehensive volume surveys the fundamentals of sound propagation and human noise in the ocean. It is an outstanding reference on this most important and controversial topic.

*Riedman, Marianne. 1990. The Pinnipeds: Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses. University of California Press: CA

This is a terrific reference on all aspects of pinnipeds. It would serve well as a textbook for a course on these amazing animals.

*Ripple, John. 1999. Manatees and Dugongs of the World. Voyageur Press: MN

Another in the WorldLife Discovery Guides overview of these animals.

*Taylor, Leighton, Mark Carwardine, and Erich Hoyt, editors. 2002. The Nature Companion’s Sharks and Whales. Fog City Press: CA

What recommends this volume are the one-page synopses with photos of the major species of sharks and whales. That makes it useful as a quick reference for a particular species. The book lacks a bit in details and covers a wide range of topics, from underwater filming to whale watching to conservation, but it serves well as a general guide to those who wish to learn more about these animals and how and where to observe them.

*Thomas, Jeanette A., Cynthia Moss, and Marianne Vater. 2004. Echolocation in Bats and Dolphins. University of Chicago Press: IL

This multi-authored volume provides a comprehensive overview of scientific research on echolocation. It will be useful to researchers, advanced students, and instructors who desire a more detailed understanding of various aspects of this amazing behavior.

*Whitehead, Hal. 2003. Sperm Whales: Social Evolution in the Ocean. University of Chicago Press: IL.

This is likely the most complete and detailed scientific textbook on sperm whales you will find. If there were a college course devoted solely to sperm whales, this would be their text. It makes an excellent companion to Melville’s book on whales.

*Bruemmer, Fred. 1998. Seals in the Wild. Key Porter Books: Canada

This coffee table book is a tribute to our pinniped friends.

*Gill, Peter. 2000. Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises. Fog City Press: CA

This book is about the size of a paperback novel but it’s printed in landscape which makes the photos larger and the descriptions easier to read. Although it’s placed in “The Little Guides” series, this book packs an enormous amount of information into its 320 pages. It is equally useful in the field for identification or as a general reference or even as something to read on a plane!

*Matthews, Leonard Harrison. 1968. The Whale. Simon & Schuster: NY

This is really an oversized volume on whaling. Filled with photographs and drawings of whaleships and tools of the trade, it is a celebration (if you can call it that) of man’s killing of whales. The Foreword notes an image of natives “pounding plugs into a whale’s blowhole.” There is little political correctness to this volume but there is a great deal to learn about humankind’s views and interactions with these majestic creatures.

*Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures: Sharks at Risk and Gray Whale Obstacle Course. 2006. PBS (VHS or DVD).

See also: http://www.pbs.org/kqed/oceanadventures/episodes/


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