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Transients : mammal-hunting killer whales of British Columbia, Washington, and Southeastern Alaska
Ford, John K. B.
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Seattle : University of Washington Press, [1999]

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96 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 x 28 cm
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QL737.C432 F675 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This text contains information of the natural history of transient killer whales, including their feeding habits, social lives and distribution patterns. The book also includes photographs and notes on over 200 individual whales, as well as information on how and where to best watch them.

Author Notes

John K. B. Ford is Director of Marine Mammal Research at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre and an adjunct professor in the Department of Zoology and the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia.
Graeme M. Ellis is a marine mammal research technician at the Pacific Biological Station, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Nanaimo, BC.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 6
Natural History of Transient Killer Whalesp. 10
Population Identity, Range, and Sizep. 10
Seasonal and Annual Distributionp. 12
Feeding Habitsp. 13
Social Structurep. 18
Vocal Behaviour and Dialectsp. 22
Population Parametersp. 22
Watching Transient Killer Whalesp. 25
Transient Activities and Behavioursp. 25
Where to Find Transientsp. 28
Watching Transients without Disturbing Themp. 30
Catalogue of Transient Killer Whalesp. 41
Determining Community Membershipp. 41
The Naming Systemp. 42
Catalogue Composition and Organizationp. 43
Sex and Year of Birthp. 44
Cataloguep. 45
Afterwordp. 90
Supplementary Catalogue Informationp. 91
Glossaryp. 94
Bibliographyp. 95