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Product details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (5 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226503410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226503417
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 956,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Janet Mann is professor of biology and psychology at Georgetown University.

Hal Whitehead is a University Research Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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An academic book aimed at students and researchers in cetology, behavioural and conservation ecology as well as readers with a serious interest in cetaceans. Cetacean Societies reviews the research on the social lives of whales and dolphins and aims to bring the study of cetaceans firmly into mainstream behavioural ecology and provide incentives for further research, accelerating the transition from taxon-focused to question-focused science, a transition which behavioural primatology underwent some twenty to thirty years ago, beginning in 1965 with Primate Behaviour: Field Studies on Monkeys and Apes (DeVore 1965).
The book is sectioned into three parts; (1) The history and methods, long term studies, observational methods and innovative techniques of study into cetacean societies; (2) A profile of four species, bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, sperm whales and humpback whales; (3) Comparative studies, theory and conservation, covering aspects such as group living, reproductive strategies, communication, conservation, protection and management.
Illustrated throughout with photographs, diagrams and appropriate representations of data from research studies, the book is written by some of the world's leading cetacean scientists. It is a treasure trove of references and absolutely invaluable for anyone wishing to make sense of the social lives of whales and dolphins.
Ruth Searle
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This book is a very good read for those people who work with cetaceans, or who are at university studying cetaceans. A good read, but think hard before you spend the money.
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Highly reccomend, especially if your doing a zoology related degree. Postal was very fast and sender was great too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Up to date & well done 21 Mar. 2012
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Excellent and clearly written 'compendium' of most all of the relevant articles & knowledge to date on the subject. Highly recommended. While at first look the comparisons of certain cetaceans to Bonobo's & Elephants seem a bit 'stretched' it soon becomes relevant that they are far from so. Excellent biography for further study. Well written & No Other volume combines the knowledge found here. Our knowledge is barely a half a century old in the study of Cetaceans any this is a good, no Great compilation on the subject with excellent additions by the authors themselves. If I were to Slightly complain of anything it would be that there is a slight (and I do mean slight) anthropocentric bias that creeps in once in a while, after all if there is one thing that DNA research has taught us it is that life is a continuum; that we ALL started from one place, there is no hard & fast line between humans & other species and any attempt to do so (tool use, communication, etc.) turns out to be unfounded the more we look. This work took a Great Deal of effort by the authors & it shows. Highly recommended for all those interested (layman & professionals alike) in this subject!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Might make you want to do research like this yourself 6 Mar. 2010
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Clear explanation of goals and results of research that's relevant to looking at mammals (who, us?) in general. Some good pictures. The science and the setting(s) might make you want to get into the field.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cetacean Book 12 May 2014
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This book is useful for learning details of each species. It provides very complete, scientific information on cetaceans for someone interested in science.
5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough compilation of cetacean behavior and study 18 Sept. 2014
By KPDR87 - Published on Amazon.com
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Cetacean Societies (2000), edited by Janet Mann, Richard Connor, Peter Tyack, and Hal Whitehead, is divided into three parts: the first covers the history of cetacean study (first through the whaling industry and progressing from studying cetaceans in captivity to observing them in the wild), long-term studies and how cetaceans are observed, and new techniques in studying them spatially and temporally; part two covers four of the best-studied cetaceans (bottlenose dolphins, killer whales, sperm whales, and humpbacks) and their biology, natural history, and behavior (e.g. the fission-fusion society of bottlenoses, the various hunting techniques used by orcas, the differing social lives of mature male and female sperm whales, and the feeding and breeding habits of humpbacks); while part three deals with the behavior of cetaceans as a whole, detailing such aspects as group living, male and female reproductive strategies, and communication. Two appendices include a cetacean phylogenetic tree and the taxonomy of every species of cetacean then known (several new ones have been described since). The book also has a number of black-and-white photographs (as well as a series of color photographic plates), tables, figures, and an index and extensive references. Although incredibly informative, this is a very dry, technical work, so you should probably have quite the interest in cetaceans if you're willing to pay to get a copy of it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for all knowledge levels 21 Mar. 2006
By Jen - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book for a graduate level college class on marine mammals. I, however, have no experience with this particular subject. The chapters are very informative, extremely easy to read, and the information is well presented. I would recommend this book at anyone interested in Cetaceans, even if, like me, you have had no prior experience. It also presents a lot of new information that more experienced individuals would enjoy.
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