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Return to the SeaThe Life and Evolutionary Times of Marine Mammals$
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Annalisa Berta

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520270572

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520270572.001.0001

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Ecology and Conservation

Ecology and Conservation

(p.151) Chapter Six Ecology and Conservation
Return to the Sea

Annalisa Berta

University of California Press

The ecologic role of marine mammals is explored in this chapter, including food and the feeding relationships of marine mammals and the effects of change on the dynamics of marine ecosystems. Also considered is the effect of humans on marine mammal communities, ranging from oil spills and contamination of the ocean with heavy metals to diseases and global climate change and loss of habitat. Finally, conservation efforts such as captive breeding, provision of critical habitat, and relocation and recovery programs are evaluated.

Keywords:   ecologic role, conservation issues, oil spills, diseases, global climate change, captive breeding, relocation and recovery

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