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ISBN-13: 978-0123838537
ISBN-10: 0123838533
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"An excellent addition to the library of any wildlife disease professional, providing all the current information on basic species identification needed to identify, and have a basic understanding of, a marine mammal observed at sea or on the necropsy table. The guide is useful for students, biologists, managers, and veterinarians alike. It stands out from the many other smaller or older field guides to marine mammals currently available because of its breadth of information, its beautiful illustrations, and its carefully constructed dichotomous keys. I thoroughly recommend it to all marine mammal enthusiasts as a quintessential guide to species identification."

– Frances Gulland, Director, Marine Mammal Center; Review in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases

"This guide is the most comprehensive [among the competition] and, to my mind, the best. … I recommend this comprehensive and up-to-date guide to every budding as well as serious marine mammalogist."

– Bernd Wursig, Regents Professor and Chair of the Marine Biology Graduate Program,

Texas A&M University; Review in Aquatic Mammals

[T]ruly is a comprehensive guide to the identification of the world’s marine mammals. … [T]he authors compiled a unique combination of identification tools into a single volume: detailed species accounts, descriptive photographs, dichotomous keys, and trait comparison tables. … Marine Mammals of the World: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification is the one book that anyone seeking to identify the world’s marine mammals―dead or alive―should have on their shelf. … Most helpfully, the text … is supported by a generous number of high-quality illustrations and photographs that show the diagnostic physical and behavioral characteristics of each species from a variety of angles. … [T]he dichotomous keys and comparison tables in the back put this guide on a utilitarian plane above other guides. [It] will be a welcome addition to any library. The authors pooled their vast observational experience to provide its users a single identification guide that is both utilitarian and esthetically pleasing."

– Kate Wynne, Fisheries Technology Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks;

Review in Marine Mammal Science, published by the Society for Marine Mammalogy

About the Author

Thomas A. Jefferson, Ph.D. is a marine mammal biologist and director of Clymene Enterprises, in
Lakeside, California. He has been studying marine mammals around the world since 1983, and has traveled
widely in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Australasia in pursuit of his work. His primary focus is on the population
biology and taxonomy of small cetaceans, and their effective conservation.

Marc A. Webber has studied marine mammals in the wild and captivity since 1977. He has traveled to the
Arctic, Antarctic, and many areas in between to study, photograph, and teach about marine mammals. He
has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1992 and at present is the Deputy Manager at Alaska
Maritime National Wildlife Refuge which is based in Homer, Alaska.

Robert L. Pitman is a marine biologist at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California,
and has published extensively on marine birds and mammals. Since 1976 he has averaged 6 months a year
at sea on research vessels operating in all the world’s oceans. His current research interests include ecology
and systematics of killer whales in Antarctica and Australia.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (December 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123838533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123838537
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bothellbuyer on December 4, 2008
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This is one reference that will be at the front of my shelf for awhile. For each species, there are artist renderings showing showing key physical features. In some cases only the male is illustrated whereas other species show male, female and calf and/or regional 'types' (e.g. Dalli-type and Truei-type Dall's porpoise. Stranded and at-sea photos are included in many cases as well as a map showing primary and 'possible primary range'. Extralimital records are usually noted with a red dot. I admit that I typically pay the most attention to sections on Ziphiid whales vs other cetaceans/marine mammals and this reference includes all of the more recently described Mesoplodon species as well as updated information on Indopacetus. However, a number of items were omitted or misstated:
(1) distribution map of M. traversii showing 3 'confirmed sightings' locations. These locations are the locations of skeletal remains used to describe the species. The only sighting information I have found refers to Mesoplodon Species 'B' which Pitman hypothesizes may be M. traversii (Pitman and Lynn 2001 Mar. Mamm. Sci. 17(3):648-657)
(2) failure to include discussion of the possibility of a subspecies or new species from Kiribati/Palmyra (3 specimens)related to M. ginkgodens based on DNA 'taxonomy' findings and possible subspecies designation of northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere populations of M. mirus whose disjunct distribution and DNA analysis supports this possibility (Dalebout et. al. 2007 Mar Mamm Sci (23)4:954-966)
(3) lack of at-sea photos of Tasmacetus which are included in Pitman et. al. 2006 Mar. Mamm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ignacio Garcia Godos on December 11, 2008
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This is THE identification guide for the marine mammals of the world. The species' reviews is more than usual in this kind of guides, very detailed and with current information. It is plenty of photographs and figures, almost all of them very explicit. The species list reflects the changing, and in some cases unclear, taxonomy of cetaceans. Recently described species are included (eg. snubfin dolphin, Omuras' whale). IUCN status is also included. Hardcover is a good thing, but with very thin pages inside, keep it in the vessel's bridge!.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katie on January 21, 2015
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This seems like a very interesting and informative book. Except I purchased this thinking that it was actually a spiral bound version of "Marine Mammals of the World: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification" as that is what the 'look inside' window showed. I need that version for a class and this book is very different. I am a little upset that this was even listed with the hardcover because it is not the same book. I am now noticing that at the top of the 'look inside' it does mention that it is a different version. However the fact that the two books are listed as the same item and 'look inside' are very misleading. Especially to a college student who is trying to find cheaper text book options.
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