Handbook of the Mammals of the World - Volume 4

Sea Mammals

Illustrated by Toni Llobet
Published by Lynx Edicions

Published by Lynx Edicions in association with Conservation International and IUCN


Marine mammals include some of the most fascinating animals on Earth. Large, majestic whales and stunning, playful dolphins have provided mysterious companionship to humans at sea for hundreds of years. These magical creatures, along with the equally fascinating manatees, dugongs, seals, sea lions, and walrusses, have developed a completely different set of adaptations from their terrestrial ancestors and relatives. Volume 4 of the HMW series provides complete accounts of all species and families in these important groups. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs showing different behaviours of all of them, the text contains the latest up-to-date information on all families of sea mammals.

  • Find out more about the contents of Volume 4 by reading the introduction.
  • This volume also includes a Special Chapter about Sea Mammal Conservation, by Roderic B. Mast, Nataly Castelblanco-Martínez and Arlo H. Hemphill.

Families covered in this volume are:  
Family Otariidae (Eared Seals) Marc Webber
Family Odobenidae (Walrus) Brent Stewart
Family Phocidae (Earless Seals) Brent Stewart
Family Balaenidae (Right and Bowhead Whales) Barbara Curry & Robert Brownell Jr
Family Neobalaenidae (Pygmy Right Whale) Catherine Kemper
Family Eschrichtiidae (Gray Whale) Steven Swartz
Family Balaenopteridae (Rorquals) Thomas Deméré
Family Physeteridae (Sperm Whale) Sarah Mesnick
Family Kogiidae (Pygmy and Dwarf Sperm Whales) Donald McAlpine
Family Ziphiidae (Beaked Whales) Colin MacLeod
Family Platanistidae (South Asian River Dolphin) Gill Braulik
Family Iniidae (Amazon River Dolphins) Vera da Silva & Anthony Martin
Family Lipotidae (Baiji) Brian Smith
Family Pontoporiidae (Franciscana) Eduardo Secchi
Family Monodontidae (Narwhal and Beluga) Pierre Richard
Family Delphinidae (Ocean Dolphins) John Wang, Kimberly Riehl & Sarah Dungan
Family Phocoenidae (Porpoises) Thomas Jefferson
Family Trichechidae (Manatees) Thomas O'Shea
Family Dugongidae (Dugong) Helene Marsh



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