Survey of Marine Mammals
This course provides an overview of the anatomy, biomedicine, evolution, husbandry, natural history, pathology, and physiology of the cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, and allies. The course consists of lectures and field trips. Prerequisite: MBIO 2410.
No textbook is required for this course. Supplemental readings will be provided. The following text is recommended:
Describe the anatomical and physiological adaptations for diving and fasting in marine mammals.
Identify and describe the major families of marine mammals, and provide additional information on the biology, conservation, and management of selected species of marine mammals.
Identify the major threats to marine mammals and marine mammal populations worldwide.
Provide an in-depth description of the biology, conservation, and protection of the gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus), California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), and the Florida manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris).
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