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The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin


By: KS Norris, B Würsig, RS Wells and M Würsig

435 pages, 24 b/w photos, 89 figs, 7 tabs

University of California Press

Hardback | Dec 1994 | #31513 | ISBN: 0520082087
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Based on twenty years of research, this is a comprehensive monograph on this cetacean. The authors begin with descriptions of the species, its morphology and systematics, and social organisation of dolphin populations. There then follows analysis of breeding, vision, vocalisation, hearing, breathing and feeding. The final chapters consider the species' complex cultural system, with its behavioural flexibility and high levels of cooperation. A key information source on dolphin natural history.

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Kenneth S. Norris is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, co-editor of Dolphin Societies (California, 1990), and author of the award-winning Dolphin Days (1991). Bernd Wursig is Professor of Marine Mammalogy at Texas A & M University, where Melany Wursig is a research associate. Randall S. Wells is a conservation biologist with the Chicago Zoological Society. Shannon M. Brownlee is Senior Editor for Science at U.S. News and World Report. Christine Johnson teaches in the Department of Cognition at the University of California, San Diego. Jody Solow is a doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Cambridge. Jenny Wardrip is a freelance illustrator and a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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