The Gray Whale: Eschrichtius Robustus

The Gray Whale: Eschrichtius Robustus

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The Gray Whale: Eschrichtius robustus provides an introduction to the understanding of Eschrichtius robustus or the gray whale. This book explores the life processes, reproduction, and growth of large cetacean populations.

Organized into four parts encompassing 25 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the gray whale evolution, fossils, and subfossil remains, range, and systematics in historical times. This text then presents the historical of gray whale exploitation and the economic importance of these whales to humans. Other chapters consider the gray whale migration, abundance, and seasonal distribution in the wake of the California population's recovery from depletion. This book discusses as well the methods used in shore-based censuses during migration and in aerial surveys of gray whales taken on their winter grounds. The final chapter deals with some innovative approaches to the study of free-ranging cetaceans.

This book is a valuable resource for anthropologists, paleontologists, biologists, and naturalists.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 600 pages
  • 198.1 x 241.3 x 30.5mm | 1,247.39g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0123891809
  • 9780123891808

Table of contents

Contributors.
Preface.
Introduction.
Evolution, Fossils, and Subfossil Remains:
The Fossil Record and Phyletic Relationships of Gray Whales, L.G. Barnes and S.A. McLeod.
Atlantic Gray Whales, J.G. Mead and E.D. Mitchell.
Historical Relationships and Exploitation:
History of Gray Whales in Japan, H. Omura.
Aboriginal Whaling from the Aleutian Islands to Washington State, B.L. O'Leary.
Gray Whales and the Aborigines of the Pacific Northwest: The History of Aboriginal Whaling, I.I. Krupnick.
Shore Whaling for Gray Whales along the Coast of the Californias, H. Sayers.
Nineteenth Century Gray Whaling: Grounds, Catches and Kills, Practices and Depletion of the Whale Population, D.A. Henderson.
Modern Commercial Pelagic Whaling for Gray Whales, R.R. Reeves.
Demography, Distribution, and Migration:
Assessing Gray Whale Abundance: A Review, Stephen B. Reilly.
Census of Gray Whales at Unimak Pass, Alaska: November-December 1977-1979, D.J. Rugh.
Distribution and Migration of Gray Whales in Alaska, H.W. Braham.
Gray Whales off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, J.D. Darling.
Gray Whale Migrations along the Oregon Coast, 1978-1981, D.L. Herzing and B.R. Mate.
Demography and Phenology of Gray Whales and Evaluation of Whale-Watching Activities in Laguna San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico, M.L. Jones and S.L. Swartz.
Reoccupation of Laguna Guerrero Negro, Baja California, Mexico, by Gray Whales, P.J. Bryant, C.M. Lafferty, and S.K. Lafferty.
Migration Corridors of Gray Whales along the Central California Coast, 1980-1982, M.M. Poole.
Soviet Studies of the Distribution and Numbers of the Gray Whale in the Bering and Chukchi Seas, from 1968 to 1982, A.A. Berzin.
Biology and Behavior:
A Review of Gray Whale Feeding Ecology, M. Nerini.
Foraging of the Gray Whale along the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, L.D. Murison, D.J. Murie, K.R. Morin and J. da Silva Curiel.
A Review of Russian Research on the Biology and Commercial Whaling of the Gray Whale, A.V. Yablokov and L.S. Bogoslovskaya.
Investigations of Gray Whales Taken in the Chukchi Coastal Waters, U.S.S.R., S. A. Blokhin.
Sound Production by the Gray Whale and Ambient Noise Levels in Laguna San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico, M.E. Dahlheim, H.D. Fisher and J.D. Schempp.
Gray Whales in the Beaufort, Chukchi, and Bering Seas: Distribution and Sound Production, S.E. Moore and D.K. Ljungblad.
Dive Characteristics and Movements of Radio-Tagged Gray Whales in San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur, Mexico, J.T. Harvey and B.R. Mate.
Ocean Movements of Radio-Tagged Gray Whales, B.R. Mate and J.T. Harvey.
Index.
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