By: James B Reid, Peter GH Evans and Simon P Northridge
76 pages, Col photos, col illus, col maps
Aims to provide an account of the distribution of all 28 cetacean species that are known certainly to have occured in the waters off north-west Europe in the last 25 years, but also including narwhal and melon-headed whale for which records are as recent only as the 1940's. Individual chapters cover a particular species in detail spanning identification, behaviour and social organisation, diet and habitat preferences, worldwide distribution and their status in the north Atlantic. Also includes a map and description of their occurrence in north-west Europe.
The Methods chapter describes data collection methods, database establishment, brief details of the analytical methods, and a section on map interpretation. Other chapters describe the nature of the marine environment of the study area, and present information on the current legislative instruments aimed at protecting cetaceans.
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