Marine Mammals: Adaptations for an Aquatic Life
by Randall William Davis
This comprehensive book provides new insights into the morphological, metabolic, thermoregulatory, locomotory, diving, sensory, feeding, and sleep adaptations of Cetacea (whales and dolphins), Pinnipedia (seals, sea lions and walrus), Sirenia (manatees and dugongs) and sea otters for an aquatic life. Each chapter reviews the discoveries from previous studies and integrates recent research using new techniques and technology. Readers will gain an understanding of the remarkable adaptations that enable marine mammals to spend all or most of their lives at sea, often while hunting prey at depth.
- Provides new insights into the remarkable physiological and behavioral adaptations of marine mammals
- Reviews anatomical, metabolic, thermoregulatory, locomotory, diving and behavioral adaptations of cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians and sea otters
- Covers information about the remarkable adaptation that enable marine mammals to spend much of their lives at sea while breath-hold diving to depths of up to 2,900 m