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Other Complex Animals: Missed Opportunities?

Paul Waldau

in The Specter of Speciesism: Buddhist and Christian Views of Animals

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145717
eISBN:
9780199834792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145712.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Three groups of socially and cognitively complex nonhuman animals are discussed: elephants, cetaceans (whales and dolphins), and nonhuman great apes (gorillas, orangutans, bonobos, and chimpanzees). ... More


Sustaining Small Cetaceans: A Preliminary Evaluation of the Ascobans and Accobams Agreements

Robin Churchill

in International Law and Sustainable Development: Past Achievements and Future Challenges

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198298076
eISBN:
9780191685378
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198298076.003.0010
Subject:
Law, Environmental and Energy Law

Large cetaceans have been regulated at the global level by the International Whaling Commission since the late 1940s. In the case of small cetaceans, however, it was not until the mid-1970s that ... More


Consciousness

Gennaro Auletta

in Cognitive Biology: Dealing with Information from Bacteria to Minds

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199608485
eISBN:
9780191729539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608485.003.0022
Subject:
Physics, Soft Matter / Biological Physics

After discussing several forms of consciousness and distinguishing between awareness and consciousness, the very controversial and difficult issue of whether animals, especially non-human primates ... More


Social cognition in the wild: Machiavellian dolphins?

Richard Connor and Janet Mann

in Rational Animals?

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198528272
eISBN:
9780191689529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528272.003.0016
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter examines animal social behaviour in the wild in the case of bottlenose dolphins. It aims to contribute to better understanding of ... More


Of Whales and Sharks and Giant Squid: Reflections on the Big, The Strange, and the Powerful

Wolf H. Berger

in Ocean: Reflections on a Century of Exploration

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520247789
eISBN:
9780520942547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247789.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Aquatic Biology

This chapter focuses on the large animals found in the sea. It describes their evolutionary history and patterns of behavior such as feeding, breeding, and migration. Cetaceans as a group (whales and ... More


Killer Whales as Predators of Large Baleen Whales and Sperm Whales

RANDALL R. REEVES, JOEL BERGER, and PHILLIP J. CLAPHAM

in Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520248847
eISBN:
9780520933200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248847.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Aquatic Biology

This chapter discusses killer whales as primary predators of large baleen and sperm whales. If attacks by killer whales on these large cetaceans were common, a set of outcomes might be expected. ... More


Legacy of Industrial Whaling: Could Killer Whales Be Responsible for Declines of Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, and Minke Whales in the Southern Hemisphere?

TREVOR A. BRANCH and TERRIE M. WILLIAMS

in Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520248847
eISBN:
9780520933200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248847.003.0020
Subject:
Biology, Aquatic Biology

An intriguing hypothesis that has recently been raised for the North Pacific Ocean and southern Bering Sea (Springer et al., 2003) holds that the reduction in large-cetacean biomass from whaling ... More


Comparative and Functional Anatomy of Balance in Aquatic Mammals

Fred Spoor and J. G. M. Thewissen

in Sensory Evolution on the Threshold: Adaptations in Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520252783
eISBN:
9780520934122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520252783.003.0016
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

This chapter considers the comparative and functional anatomy of the organ of balance or vestibular system in aquatic and semiaquatic mammals, such as cetaceans, artiodactyls, sirenians, rodents, ... More


Magnetoreception

Michael H. Hofmann and Lon A. Wilkens

in Sensory Evolution on the Threshold: Adaptations in Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520252783
eISBN:
9780520934122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520252783.003.0019
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

This chapter focuses on magnetoreception in animals. It provides a brief overview of the physics of the Earth's magnetic fields, followed by a description of animals known to sense these fields. ... More


Toward an Integrative Approach

J. G. M. Thewissen and Sirpa Nummela

in Sensory Evolution on the Threshold: Adaptations in Secondarily Aquatic Vertebrates

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520252783
eISBN:
9780520934122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520252783.003.0021
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

This chapter presents an example of an integrative approach to the study of sensory evolution. It focuses on the sensory evolution of cetaceans, a group of mammals that moved from land to water ... More


Cetacea

Philip D. Gingerich

in Cenozoic Mammals of Africa

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520257214
eISBN:
9780520945425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520257214.003.0045
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Cetacea, comprising the great whales and the smaller dolphins and porpoises, have special interest in mammalian evolution as one of the two orders of mammals that became fully aquatic. Much of the ... More


The Higgledy-Piggledy Whale: Leviathan’s Walk, Paddle, and Gallop to the Sea

Charles R. Ault

in Do Elephants Have Knees? And Other Stories of Darwinian Origins

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781501704673
eISBN:
9781501705861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501704673.003.0010
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter examines where the whales came from and how they entered the sea. Based on fossil evidence, landlubber whales preceded blubbered whales. By some higgledy-piggledy process (formally known ... More


The Elephant in the Room

Suzana Herculano-Houzel

in The Human Advantage: A New Understanding of How Our Brain Became Remarkable

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780262034258
eISBN:
9780262333214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034258.003.0006
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience

Difficulties of measuring cognitive capabilities; comparison between elephant and human brain; turning an elephant brain into soup; more neurons in the elephant brain, but fewer in the elephant ... More


Examining Cetacean Ecology Using Historical Fishery Data

Tim D. Smith

in The Exploited Seas: New Directions for Marine Environmental History

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780973007312
eISBN:
9781786944733
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780973007312.003.0010
Subject:
History, Maritime History

Tim D. Smith seeks to examine the ecology of cetacean species, by bringing together data from whaling logbooks, governmental records, the examination of historical environmental sources, and evidence ... More


Cetacean Captivity

Lori Marino

in The Ethics of Captivity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199977994
eISBN:
9780199375172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199977994.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

The relationship between cetaceans and humans throughout history has been fraught with inconsistencies and abuses. Captivity represents one of the ways that humans have objectified and exploited ... More


Oceanic societies: studying cetaceans with a social networks approach

Shane Gero and Luke Rendell

in Animal Social Networks

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199679041
eISBN:
9780191794094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679041.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

Cetaceans have diverse and sometimes complex social structures, including features such as long-term units with hierarchical levels of association and second-order alliances coupled with vocal ... More


What the Whales Would Tell Us: Cetacean Communication in Novels by Witi Ihimaera, Linda Hogan, Zakes Mda, and Amitav Ghosh

Jonathan Steinwand

in Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780195394429
eISBN:
9780190252809
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195394429.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines the relationship between humans and whales as inscribed in postcolonial literature. More specifically, it considers cetacean communication in novels by Witi Ihimaera, Linda ... More


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