The lives of Hawai'i's dolphins and whales: natural history and conservation.

The lives of Hawai'i's dolphins and whales: natural history and conservation. Robin W. Baird.
The lives of Hawai'i's dolphins and whales: natural history and conservation.

Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2016. Octavo, dustwrapper, colour photographs and illustrations.

Although this book covers the well-known resident spinner dolphins and the visiting humpback whales, it particularly highlights the ten species of lesser-known open-ocean dolphins and whales that are resident to the marine slopes of the islands. These include endangered false killer whales, deep-diving Cuvier's and Blainville's beaked whales, abundant spotted dolphins, coastal bottlenose dolphins, cryptic dwarf sperm whales, family units of short-finned pilot whales, and social melon-headed whales, among others. Also described are thirteen species of dolphins and whales found in offshore waters or that visit the Hawaiian waters seasonally or occasionally, including killer whales, the iconic sperm whale, and even blue whales and North Pacific right whales.

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