This paper is based on a presentation at Plenary Session II of the Vancouver meetings of the Society: “Science and Marine Mammal Conservation”. Other papers from this Session will be published in future issues of Marine Mammal Science. Publication costs have been provided by grants to the Society from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NOAA/NMFS) and the Marine Mammal Commission. The convenor, G. Carleton Ray, also wishes to acknowledge Dr. Sheila S. Anderson of the Sea Mammal Research Unit, Cambridge, U.K. for her skillful chairing of the Session.
IMPLICATIONS FROM PHYSIOLOGICAL STUDIES OF MARINE MAMMALS1
Article first published online: 26 AUG 2006
Marine Mammal Science
Volume 4, Issue 1, pages 34–43, January 1988
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Elsner, R. and Wickham, L. L. (1988), IMPLICATIONS FROM PHYSIOLOGICAL STUDIES OF MARINE MAMMALS. Marine Mammal Science, 4: 34–43. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.1988.tb00180.x
- Issue published online: 26 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 26 AUG 2006
- Received: February 20, 1987 Accepted: July 10, 1987
- captive marine mammals;
Some aspects of captive marine mammal research have become matters of controversy, largely due to a misunderstanding of the value of such studies and of their importance to effective management and conservation of these species. Understanding of the physiological mechanisms underlying the special adaptations for aquatic life that marine mammals demonstrate provides essential information relating to their health and survival. The need for such information is increasing as disturbance of the world's marine environments steadily escalates. While studies of these animals in their natural habitats contribute much to our comprehension of their biology, a more complete understanding of the physiological basis of their behavior depends upon experimental laboratory investigations. Some of the new knowledge thus gained has potentially important implications for human medicine.