The Gulf of Mexico teems with a far higher quantity and diversity of whales, dolphins, and different mammalian species than used to be suspected just a couple of years ago.
In The Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Mexico, Bernd Würsig, Thomas A. Jefferson, and David J. Schmidly supply info on all recognized species, important identity instruments, and updated examine on habit, staff sizes, replica, and underwater calls.
The advent offers an outline of the whales, dolphins, pinnipeds, and different marine mammals of the area, discussing their easy biology and outlining their alterations. The authors then describe the features of the Gulf that have an effect on the marine mammal species inhabiting it or coming into its waters occasionally.
The major physique of this crucial new advisor presents a record of the species, keys to identity, and species descriptions of the marine mammals recognized or believed to take place within the Gulf. greater than thirty colour plates by means of marine artist Larry Foster and thirty-two colour photos illustrate those creatures.
Another very important function of this quantity is a suite of drawings of the skulls of the entire Gulf species; those cranium keys will let contributors curious about Gulf Stranding Networks, volunteer operations that rescue and recuperate beached or stranded marine mammals, to simply determine species alongside the Gulf coast. ultimately, the ebook discusses environmental difficulties of the Gulf as they have an effect on marine mammals and considers the conservation and administration instruments had to shield them of their habitats. The Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Mexico will end up an invaluable reference for marine biologists, volunteers with medical and rescue corporations, and someone else attracted to additional examine of those incredible animals.