Dolphins: Ecology, Behavior and Conservation Strategies


Joshua B. Samuels (Editor)

Series: Marine Biology
BISAC: SCI070030

For thousands of years, dolphins have been man’s best friend in the sea. Their brain power, sociability, communication ability and altruism have been the issue of reference for myths, tales and several scientific or experimental studies. They have also inspired people to create several works of art from the ancient times until today.

Ancient Greeks called dolphins “people of the sea” and considered them equal to human beings. This book discusses several topics on different species of dolphins, their natural habitat, behaviors, and conservation strategies. Some of the topics included are behaviors of botos and short-finned pilot whales; isolation of yeasts from stranded and captive dolphins in Italy; ecological stressors of the coastal bottlenose dolphin; and dolphin-assisted therapy. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Behaviors of Botos and Short-Finned Pilot Whales during Close Encounters with Humans: Management Implications Derived from Ethograms for Food-Provisioned versus Unhabituated Cetaceans (pp. 1-34)
M. Scheer, L. C. P. de Sá Alves, F. Ritter, A. F. Azevedo and A. Andriolo (Brunnenstr, Bremen, Germany, and others)

Chapter 2 – Presence of Two Morphotypes in Populations of Delphinus delphis: Occipital Bone Morphology (pp. 35-58)
L. C. Miramontes-Sequeiros, N. Palanca-Castán and A. Palanca-Soler (Laboratorio de Anatomía Animal, Facultad de Biología, Universidad de Vigo, Vigo, Spain, and others)

Chapter 3 – Neurocranium Asymmetries in the Bottlenose Dolphin, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu, 1821) (pp. 59-72)
P. M. Parés-Casanova and R. Bravi (Department of Animal Production, University of Lleida, Lleida, Catalunya, Spain)

Chapter 4 – Isolation of Yeasts from Stranded and Captive Dolphins in Italy (pp. 73-82)
Roberto Papini, Simona Nardoni, Ileana Troisi and Francesca Mancianti (Dipartimento di Scienze Veterinarie, Viale delle Piagge, Pisa, Italy, and others)

Chapter 5 – All about Dolphins in Secondary Education (pp. 83-128)
Georgia Pantidou, Philologist, M.Ed., Ph.D. (University of Thessaly, Greece)

Chapter 6 – Population Ecology and Anthropogenic Stressors of the Coastal Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) in the El Morro Mangrove and Wildlife Refuge, Guayaquil Gulf, Ecuador: Toward Conservation and Management Actions (pp. 129-164)
Pedro J. Jiménez and Juan José Alava (Fundación Ecuatoriana para el Estudio de Mamíferos Marinos (FEMM), Guayaquil, Ecuador, and others)

Chapter 7 – Unusual Records of the Behavior of Boto Inia sp. (Cetartiodactyla, Iniidae) in the Lower Reaches of the Tocantins and Guamá Rivers, Amazonia (pp. 165-182)
Gabriel Melo Alves dos Santos, Angélica Lúcia Figueiredo Rodrigues, Danilo Leal Arcoverde, Iara Ramos, Leonardo Sena and Maria Luisa da Silva (Biologia e Conservação de Mamíferos Aquáticos da Amazônia/Universidade Federal do Pará, and others)

Chapter 8 – An Infrequently-Occurring Anomalous Color Pattern on Pacific White-Sided Dolphins, Lagenorhynchus obliquidens (pp. 183-200)
Keiko Sekiguchi, Thomas A. Jefferson, Yuka Iwahara, Motoi Yoshioka, Kyoichi Mori, John K. B. Ford, Yoko Mitani and Uko Gorter (International Christian University, Osawa, Mitaka City, Tokyo, Japan, and others)

Chapter 9 – Dolphin-Assisted Therapy Re-Examined: Is it Fair to the Dolphins? (pp. 201-224)
Noel Kok Hwee Chia, Norman Kiak Nam Kee and Arnold Chee Keong Chua (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)



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