Fifty years of flukes and flippers: a little history and personal adventures with Dolphins, Whales and Sea lions (1958-2007).

Fifty years of flukes and flippers: a little history and personal adventures with Dolphins, Whales and Sea lions (1958-2007). William Evans.

Sofia: Pensoft, 2008. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.

This book is a combination history of some aspects of Marine Mammal Science and a narrative of a special voyage by the author into the world of marine mammals. Although the study of marine mammals has a very long history, the modern era of research did not start in any serious way until the 1950's. At the end of the War, Marineland of Florida came to life and provided a whole new experience for the general public to view and study dolphins (primarily the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin), up close and personal. It was also the start of a new approach and interest in research to understand how these amazing mammals have adapted to the marine environment. This was the start of many opportunities to try and answer some of the questions that have intrigued scientist for centuries. Since the author's introduction to this new endeavour started in 1956 the book focuses on the development of this fascinating field of science from that period up to the present. The story is told from his perspective as an active participant.

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