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The Bowhead Whale

  • ID: 4991076
  • Book
  • September 2020
  • Region: Global
  • 516 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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The Bowhead Whale, Balaena Mysticetus: Biology and Human Interactions covers bowhead biology from their anatomy and behavior, to conservation, distribution, ecology and evolution. The book also discusses the biological and physical aspects of the Arctic ecosystem in which these whales live, with careful attention paid to the dramatic changes taking place. A special section of the book describes the interactions of humans with bowheads in past and present, focusing on their importance to Indigenous communities and the challenges regarding entanglement in fishing gear, industrial noise and ship strikes.

This volume brings together the knowledge of bowheads in one place for easy reference for scientists that study the species, marine mammal biologists, but, equally important, for everyone who is interested in the Arctic.

  • Presents the only current book dedicated to this species
  • Includes short, high-impact chapters that make it possible to review all bowhead biology in one compact volume
  • Illustrated with never-before published photos of bowheads in their natural environment
  • Provides a platform for an in-depth understanding of indigenous whaling
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Section I: Basic Biology 1. Higher Phylogeny of Baleen Whales 2. Fossil History of the Balaenidae 3. The Stocks of Bowheads 4. Bowhead Whale Abundance 5. Growth and Form 6. Embryology and Gestation 7. Skull Anatomy 8. Skeletal Anatomy 9. Anatomy and Physiology of the Muscular System 10. Anatomy and Physiology of the Gastro-Intestinal System 11. Anatomy and Physiology of the Reproductive System 12. Anatomy and Function of Feeding 13. Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems 14. Brain and Peripheral Nervous System 15. Sensory Systems 16. Endocrinology, Thermoregulation, and Blubber Physiology 17. Proteomics and Gene Expression 18. Age Determination 19. Sound Production and Reception 20. Behavior 21. Life History 22. Arctic Ocean Physiological Adaptations

Section II: The Bowhead Ecosystem 23. Physical Oceanography of the Bowhead Habitat 24. Global Change Affecting the Bowhead Ecosystem 25. Bowhead Prey 26. Feeding Ecology 27. Bowhead Predators 28. Parasites and Commensals 29. Diseases 30. Ice Entrapment and Other Mortality

Section III: Interactions with Humans 31. European and Yankee Whaling of Bowheads 32. History of Inupiat and Chukchi Whaling of Bowheads 33. Current Native Whaling of Bowheads 34. Bowheads and Bowhead Whaling in Inupiat Culture 35. Inupiat Traditional Knowledge and Science 36. Noise Affecting Bowheads 37. Entanglement and Ship Strikes 38. Contaminants 39. Future of Management and Conservation

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George, J.C.
John Craighead 'Craig' George Ph.D. is a wildlife biologist who has lived in the Arctic and studied bowhead whales for 40 years. He has published more than 50 scientific papers on the species, on topics ranging from their physiology and reproduction, to their migratory pathways, and their behavior. He is a leading specialist on issues relating to conservation and management of bowhead populations and has served as a member of the US delegation of the International Whaling Commission. He is keenly involved in issues related to subsistence hunting of whales by Indigenous peoples, and the traditional knowledge that these cultures have of whale biology.
Thewissen, J.G.M.
J. G. M. 'Hans' Thewissen studies the evolution, anatomy and embryology of marine mammals, and has travelled the world to study fossil and living whales. His work with the sense organs of modern whales explores the impact of global change on marine mammal populations. He co-edited the three editions of Elsevier's Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals and wrote a popular book on whale evolution: The Walking Whales.
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