Invited plenary session paper presented at the Fifth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, November 27-December 2, 1983, Boston, Massachusetts.
BEYOND BEAN COUNTING AND WHALE TALES
Article first published online: 26 AUG 2006
Marine Mammal Science
Volume 1, Issue 2, pages 128–148, April 1985
How to Cite
Le Boeuf, B. J. and Würsig, B. (1985), BEYOND BEAN COUNTING AND WHALE TALES. Marine Mammal Science, 1: 128–148. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.1985.tb00002.x
- Issue published online: 26 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 26 AUG 2006
- Received: January 10, 1984; Accepted: July 24, 1984
Three developments have implications for the future study of marine mammal behavior: 1) The number and affiliation of researchers have increased from a few individuals representing the interests of government or industry to many people conducting studies from a variety of points of view; 2) The interpretation of natural selection's operation on social behavior and life history patterns has shifted from emphasizing group to individual benefits; and 3) The passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act has committed the United States to manage, research and protect marine mammal populations. Despite negative aspects of each development, the overall effect on marine mammal research will be positive. The combination of these changes and the interaction and collaboration of researchers with diverse orientations will spur new and varied research efforts and lead to a deeper understanding of marine mammals.