|Home › Encyclopedia Smithsonian › Science and Technology|
Useful References on Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises: Bibliographies and Sources of Information
Allen, J. A.
Basham, S.E. and K. M. Karmon
Bekierz, F. W.
Bird, J. E.
1983 "An Annotated Bibliography of the Published Literature on the Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and the Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis / australis), 1864‑1980." Part 5, pp. 467-628. In Roger Payne (editor), Communication and Behavior of Whales. Westview Press, CO.
Braham, H. W.
Cohat, Y. and A. Collet
Forster, H. (Compiler)
Heizer, R. F.
Holbrook, J. R.
Magnolia, L. R.
l979 Selected Bibliography of Whales and Whaling. 2pp. (79 titles for non‑professionals. Available from the Whaling Museum, P. O Box 25, Cold Spring Harbor, NY ll724.)
Mitchell, E. D., R.R. Reeves & A. Evely
Guy W. (compiler)
1986 Gray Whale, Eschrichtius robustus, Bibliography. Prepared for U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Alaska OCS Region by the Coastal Energy Research Laboratory, University of Maryland and Eastern Shore. 326 pp. (Categorizes research literature on gray whales according to major research topics; issues of concern to Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas development; and geographic areas. Extensive cross‑index. Copies and poster available from the National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Rd., Springfield, VA 22161. PB88‑130166.)
Setzler-Hamilton, E. M. and Guy W. Oliver
for Marine Mammalogy
Whitfield, W. K., Jr.
Wood, F. G.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Aquatic Mammals is published three times/yr. It is the peer reviewed journal of the European Association for Aquatic Mammals. Papers on the biology, medical care, conservation and related investigations of aquatic mammals especially captive ones are emphasized. As of 1985, edited by V. J. A. Manton and published by the Zoological Society of London, Whipsnade Park, Dunstable Beds LU6 2LF. http://www.eaam.org/aquamamm.htm
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (formerly Journal of the Fisheries Research Board), issued monthly by the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, is an excellent source of technical papers on marine mammals as well as fisheries management and ocean science. http://pubs.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Cetology is composed of technical papers on the biology of marine mammals with an emphasis on cetaceans. Issues are numbered separately and were published irregularly. They were available only through subscription from Biological System Inc. which is now defunct.
Hvalradets Skrifters, a Norwegian journal, publishes many technical papers on whales; all are in English. It is issued at irregular intervals by the Norske Videnskaps‑Akademi, Oslo.( Universitetsforlaget, Box 307, Blindern, Oslo 3, Norway)
Institute of Cetacean Research
See Scientific Reports of the Whales Research Institute
International Marine Mammal Scientists Directory. 1988. Compiled by S. Pearson. National Marine Mammal Laboratory, 7600 Sand Point Way, N.E., Seattle, WA 98ll5 ‑0070. 79 pp. (Lists individuals and organizations engaged in marine mammal research)
International Whaling Commission, The Red House,135 Station Road, Impington, Cambridge, UK CB4 4NP. Publishes the Journal of Cetacean Research and Management three times a year; on conservation and management. Responsibility for setting quotas for member whaling nations resides in this commission. The International Whaling Commission Annual Report presents the findings of the Annual Meetings, catch limits for member nations, status of whale stocks, and scientific papers emphasizing distribution, occurrence and behavior of various cetacean species. Numerous technical papers on the biology and behavior of specific cetaceans are presented to the Scientific Committee Meeting and are currently published as the Reports of the Scientific Committee. http://www.iwcoffice.org
Journal of Mammalogy, issued quarterly, a publication of the American Society of Mammalogists. An index to articles it has published is available. Journal features the latest research in mammalogy. Listings are by subject, locality, vernacular name, scientific name and author. Special publications and Mammalian Species may be ordered from the Secretary of the Society. http://www.mammalsociety.org/pubjom
The Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals is published twice a year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by SOLAMAC (Sociedad Latinoamericana de Especialistas en Mamíferos Acuaticos/Sociedade Latino-Americana de Especialistas em Mamíferos Aquáticos). A Guide for Authors is available at website: http//www.solamac.org/LAJAM/guide.html
Marine Mammal Commission is an independent agency providing annual reports and copies of pertinent articles describing current research and the status of marine mammals. A list of marine mammal contract reports is available directly from the Commission, 4340 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Marine Mammal Science, a quarterly journal published by the Society for Marine Mammalogy, an international organization of marine mammalogists, is devoted to authoritative, technical papers on all aspects of marine mammal biology and includes book reviews and letters with scientific commentary on issues affecting marine mammals or marine mammal science. http://www.marinemammalogy.org
National Marine Fisheries Service, Marine Mammals and Endangered Species Division, Washington, DC 20235. This government agency cooperates with the Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior in the management of marine mammals. It provides bibliographies and information on whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions. Copies of the Endangered Species Act of l973 and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of l972 are available upon request. Published yearly as updates and every three years in comprehensive form, the Marine Mammal Protection Act of l972 Annual Report describes the current activities of the National Marine Fisheries Service in regard to marine mammals and generally includes new information on marine mammal stocks. Original research reports and technical notes on investigations in fishery sciences are published in the quarterly Fishery Bulletin issued by the NOAA branch of the Service in Seattle, WA. It includes some papers on marine mammals such as those concerning the tuna‑porpoise problem. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov
Species, newsletter of the Species survival commission published twice a year, Published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Reports on endangered populations, new research projects, meetings, and monitoring results with an emphasis on small cetaceans. http://www.iucn.org/themes/ssc/species/spec-int.htm
Norsk Hvalfangst‑Tidende (Norwegian Whaling Gazette) was an important trade journal for Norwegian whaling from l9l2 to l968. It is a source of many scientific articles on whales and whaling but may be difficult to obtain.
Oceanic Abstracts, updated monthly, abstracts and indexes worldwide technical literature on the oceans including marine biology, living and non‑living resources; includes a year‑end cumulative index. Supplied by Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, 7200 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, Maryland 20814. http://www.csa.com/csa/factsheets/oceanic, html
Scientific Reports of the Whales Research Institute, l‑3 Fukagawa Etchuzima, Koto‑ku, Tokyo, Japan. Technical papers emphasizing cetacean biology. Publication has ceased, but it has been replaced by Scientific Reports of Cetacean Research published annually by the Institute of Cetacean Research, Tokyo, Japan (since 1990; in English). http://www.icrwhale.org/
SEAN Bulletin (Scientific Event Alert Network), published monthly by the Smithsonian Institution, U.S. National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC 20560, reports strandings worldwide of cetaceans, pinnipeds and sirenians as well as unusual biological occurrences up to 1982. (Biological section, including cetaceans, has been discontinued; past issues are available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22l6l. No. PB8l‑9l57.)
Wildlife & Ecology Studies Worldwide, an online abstract database (or CD-ROM) available for purchase from NISC. Includes records from Wildlife Review (originally published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) back to 1935. Major topic areas include studies of individual species, habitat types, hunting, economics, wildlife behavior, management techniques, diseases, parasites, and more. http://www.nisc.com/frame/NISC_products-f.htm
Zoological Record, an index published by the Zoological Society of London, specializes in citations of interest to taxonomists, but also lists articles, reviews, and technical papers on evolution, morphology, physiology, genetics, ecology, distribution, etc. of specific animal groups or species. Articles are indexed by author, subject, systematics, and geographic area.
ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDING INFORMATION FREE OR AT LOW COST
American Cetacean Society
The American Cetacean Society provides educational fact sheets on many whale species, distributes action letters and newsletters featuring information on current issues involving marine mammals and cites new research publications. It publishes a national quarterly, the Whalewatcher; Journal of the American Cetacean Society.
The Ocean Conservancy concentrates its activities in the areas of education and public information. It publishes a color quarterly magazine, Blue Planet Quarterly .
Cetacean Society International
The Society issues a quarterly newsletter, Whales Alive, which includes current accounts of IWC activities, local education projects and the programs of active conservation organizations. Provides many Links to other Cetacean-related Sites.
Sea World Research Institute
The Center provides public information on various fields of marine science. It pubishes a quarterly newsletter, Currents.
The National Wildlife Federation distributes numerous periodicals, educational materials, a catalog of nature‑related materials and free fact sheets on marine mammals. The publications list and catalog are available on request. An annual Conservation Directory is published and sold by the organization. It contains a list of of organizations, agencies and officials concerned with natural resource use and management, bibliographic materials on conservation and sources for audio‑visual aids. Has a fact sheet “Keep the Wild Alive” that includes facts and photo of the humpback whale and discusses important endangered species issues.
Wildlife Conservation Society (formerly
York Zoological Society)
This organization operates the Bronx Zoo, the Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation (formerly the New York Aquarium), and the Osborn Laboratories of Marine Sciences, part of the aquarium, the latter with an Oceanic exhibit that often has dolphins and other large species. They provide public information on marine mammals and promote educational programs and zoological research. The Society’s official publication, published bi-monthly, is Wildlife Conservation, (formerly Animal Kingdom).
Smithsonian Institution Press
Whales and Dolphins in Question The Smithsonian Answer Book by Dr. James Mead and Joy Gold can be ordered from the Smithsonian Institution Press.
Promotes stewardship of whales inhabiting the Salish Sea; studies Orcas; promotes the soundwatch Boater Education Program.
Prepared by the Department of Systematic Biology, Vertebrate