Seafriends - Index to Sea Mammals

Seals, dolphins and whales are mammals who live in the sea. Mammal babies grow inside their mother until they get born. Then they suckle milk from the mother. This happens in the sea too. Here you can discover more about these wonderful animals. If you want to see what they look like, click on 'Classification'.
Introduction to the sea mammals of New Zealand
Characteristics of Seals, Dolphins and Whales
Threatened Species 
The species considered endangered or threatened, and why
The scientific classification of marine mammals, with references to detailed documentation on each
Further reading
References to books, on this page


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Further reading

The books marked blue are available from the Seafriends Library.

Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. (various authors) 1989. Golden Press Pty, Australia.

Alpers, Antony: A book of dolphins.1960

Baker, A N: Whales and Dolphins of New Zealand and Australia, an identification guide. 1984. Victoria Univ Press. Wellington

Bertram, Colin, 1963: In search of Mermaids: the manatees of the Guianas. London

Bright, Michael: Dolphins.1985

Burton, Robert: The life and death of whales.1973.

Cherfas, Jeremy: The hunting of the whale.1989.

Cousteau, J Y & Diole, P: The Whale. 1972. Doubleday, New York.

Cousteau, J Y : Dolphins.1975.

Cousteau, J Y : The whale, mighty monarch of the sea.1976

Cousteau, J Y : Diving companions (Sea lion, elephant seal, walrus).1974.

Dawson, Stephen: The NZ Whale & Dolphin digest, the official Project Jonah guidebook. 1985. Brick Row Publishing Co, New Zealand.

Day, David: The Whale War.1992

Doak, W T: Dolphin, Dolphin. 1981. Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland

Dobbs, H E: Follow a wild dolphin. 1977. Souvenir, London.

Gaskin, D E: Whales, Dolphins and Seals. 1072. Heinemann Auckland

Gibbings, Robert: Blue angels and whales.1938

Grady, D: The Perano whalers of Cook Strait 1911-1964. (1982). Reed Wellington.

Hansen, Steve: Dolphins & whales in NZ waters.1984.

Harrison, Prof Richard and MM Bryden: Marine Mammals.(Harrison& J E King).1968.

Harrison, Prof Richard: Whales, dolphins and porpoises.1988

Herman L M (ed): Cetacean Behaviour: Mechanisms and Functions. 1980. Johnwiley & Sons, New York.

Kellogg, W N. 1961. Porpoises and sonar. Univ of Chicago Press

King, J E: Seals of the World. 1964. British Museum

Lilly, J C, 1961: Man and Dolphin. London

Lockley, R M: The seals and the Curragh (The Grey seal of the N-Atlantic)

Lucas, Jeremy: Whale.1981

Matthew, L H: The Natural History of the Whale. 1978. Columbia Univ Press. 219p

Pearson, R H: A seal flies by.1959.

Purves, P E & Pilleri, G E: Echolocation in whales & dolphins. 1983. Academic Press, London. 261p

Robertson, R B: Of whales and men.1956

Robson, F D: Thinking Dolphins, Talking Whales. 1976. Reed, Wellington

Robson, F D: Strandings: Ways to save dolphins. 1984. Science Press, Johannesburg. 124p.

Robson, F D: Pictures in the Dolphin mind.1988.

Rowe, Rosamond: Feet upon a rock (Horace the dolphin).1981

Savage, Stephen: Endangered species - dolphins and whales.1990

Scheffer, V B. 1958. Seals, Sea Lions and Walruses, a review of the Pinnipedia. London

Slijper, E J. 1936. Whales (A general review), London

Smith, Vincent: Musco the blue whale.1978

Stenuit, Robert: Dolphin: cousin to man.1971

Time-Life: The seafarers series: The whalers. A B C Whipple.1979.

Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society: Whale Sanctuary, first International Symposium.1994

Williams, Heathcote: Whale nation.1988.

Williams, Heathcote: Falling for a Dolphin.1988.

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