In the Encyclopedia of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, award-winning author and whale researcher Erich Hoyt takes readers into the field for an intimate encounter with some 90 species of cetaceans, whose homes range from coastal waters, rivers and lakes to the deep ocean from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Drawing on decades of firsthand experience as a participant in the current revolution in cetacean studies, Hoyt provides unique insights into the life histories of these compelling marine mammals.
Join the author and his fellow researchers as they share their discoveries about cetacean biology and behavior, form subtle markings that allow individual identification to skilled and highly intelligent feeding methods. Learn about courtship and mating practices, family relationships and the lifelong bonds among some family members. Meet the symphonic composer of the whale world – the humback whale, whose complex 30-minute songs reverberate across the liquid universe of the ocean. Find out how some cetaceans survive deep diving and negotiate lengthy migrations across ocean basins and even beyond.
Hoyt’s latest book is not only a fascinating compilation of insightful stories and the latest data on whales, dolphins and porpoises but an impassioned argument supporting the need for international protection of at-risk populations and their increasingly damaged habitat. This book offers readers a chance to participate in the debate about how best to make a future for these remarkable marine creatures.