Observing baleen whales

Christopher W. Clark*, Ellen Clare Garland

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There is a saying that goes: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This book is a simple storybook of sorts, full of thousands of words about baleen whales, how they live their lives today, and how their many remarkable adaptations might have come to be. The idea for this opening chapter arose out of an undeniable desire to have more pictures, to show you, the reader, the diversity of species and some of their observable adaptive behaviors. By combining photographs with captions, we further elucidate adaptations and behaviors that are explored in depth throughout this book. In the coming decade, we should all be prepared for a dramatic increase in scientifically based, multimedia storybooks that explore and reveal the full spectrum of biology on this singing planet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthology and behavioral ecology of mysticetes
EditorsChristopher W. Clark, Ellen C. Garland
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783030984496
ISBN (Print)9783030984489, 9783030984519
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2022

Publication series

NameEthology and behavioral ecology of marine mammals
ISSN (Print)2523-7500
ISSN (Electronic)2523-7519


  • Antartic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis)
  • Baleen whale
  • Behaviour
  • Behavioural context
  • Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
  • Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus)
  • Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
  • Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus)
  • Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
  • Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
  • North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis)


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