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Marine Mammals of India

 
Kumaran Sathasivam (Author)
Synopsis The intelligent dolphins, the giant whales and the inoffensive Dugong or Sea-cow are among the most fascinating creatures the wild. Every aspect of their way of life is astonishing-some of them use sound to "see" in the water, some of them dive to incredible depths in search of food, and some of them sing complex songs. Marine mammals are so intriguing that worldwide there is a multi-million dollar industry in just watching these animals. Yet, in India few are aware that there are many of these creatures in the seas around the country-a full fourth of the world's 120 or so species, in fact. This is due to a lack of information; no book published so far covers this group of Indian wildlife adequately. This book is meant for a wide range of readers including children, wildlife enthusiasts and serious students. A significant part of the book is devoted to the more than 30 species accounts, making the book a useful reference, Glimpses of the lifestyles of marine mammals are given through several essays dealing, for example, with the phenomenon of mass strandings of whales or the reputed ferocity of the Killer Whale. Further, colour illustrations and character matrices meant for easy identification make the book a useful field guide, while the extensive bibliography makes it a valuable research aid. The accounts of whaling and threats faced by marine mammals highlight the conservation requirements of these animals.
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About the author

Kumaran Sathasivam

Kumaran Sathasivam obtained his B Tech in Naval Architecture from IIT Madras in 1985. In 1989, he was awarded the MS (by research) in Entrepreneurship by IIT Madras. He taught Environmental Science at Kodaikanal International School. His first book, A Forest in the City (CBT, New Delhi), won the first prize in the 1989 all-India competition “Our Environment”. He has also published in journals like the Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, Blackbuck and Newsletter for Birdwatchers. In 2002, as a Global Fellowship recipient, he studied marine mammals at Duke University Marine Laboratory in the USA. The status of marine mammals in Indian waters has motivated Kumaran to plan a marine mammal conservation network in India, to share information and help conserve them.

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Bibliographic information

Title Marine Mammals of India
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173714657
length xxiv+184p., Maps; Plates; Figures; Tables; Index; 22cm.