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Seals and Sea Lions of the World : Of the World Ser. - W.Nigel Bonner

Seals and Sea Lions of the World

Of the World Ser.

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1994
ISBN: 9780816029556
Number Of Pages: 224

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This latest title in the "Of the World" series - the seventeenth - covers that fascinating group of animals whose evolution into their present forms and life-styles seems almost contradictory. While seals, sea lions and walruses are indeed mammals, their habitat is very much an aquatic one, their limbs now fully adapted for swimming rather than land locomotion.
The various families of the order Pinnipedia - fur seals, sea lions, walruses and the phocid seals - are described and illustrated. Evolution, classification, distribution, life-cycles, zoology and their current status and future are all fully discussed. In addition, the complex question of their relationship with humans is examined. As with other marine-dwelling mammals, the issues are controversial. In examining topics such as conflicts between seals and fishing and culling and the fur trade, expert author Nigel Bonner adopts a professional and unemotional approach, based on first-hand knowledge and much experience.
Their aquatic life and the remoteness of their habitats make the seals and their kin hard to study. Yet encounters with these species have produced in many people a particularly strong response, sometimes becoming sentimental. This book sensibly places them in context through a clear understanding of their natural history and their interactions with humans. The text is enhanced throughout by some 100 color photographs, detailed diagrams and maps.

Acknowledgementsp. 6
Prefacep. 7
A Note on Scientific Namesp. 8
The World of Sealsp. 9
The Fur Sealsp. 36
The Sea Lionsp. 59
The Walrusp. 75
True Seals - the Northern Sealsp. 86
Monk Seals and Elephant Sealsp. 112
The Antarctic Sealsp. 136
Reproduction, Death and Social Structurep. 155
Seals and Huntersp. 175
Seals and Fisheriesp. 192
Seals and Life in the Modern Worldp. 203
Further Readingp. 219
Indexp. 221
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780816029556
ISBN-10: 0816029555
Series: Of the World Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 31st December 1994
Publisher: Facts on File Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 16.5  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.73

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