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For three decades, this book has been acknowledged as the most respected scientific reference specifically devoted to marine mammal medicine and health. Written by approximately 100 contributors who are recognized globally as leaders in their respective fields, the CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, Third Edition continues to serve as the essential guide for all practitioners involved with marine mammals including veterinarians, technicians, biological researchers, students, managers, keepers, curators, and trainers. The 45 chapters provide essential information for the practitioner on pathology, infectious diseases, medical treatment, anesthesia, surgery, husbandry, health assessment, species-specific medicine, medically pertinent anatomy and physiology, and global health concerns such as strandings, oil spills, and entanglements of marine mammals.

  • Covers all aspects of marine mammal veterinary practice
  • Written by internationally acknowledged experts
  • Adds new chapters on Ophthalmology, Dentistry, Ethics, Oil Spill Response, Health Assessments, Whale Entanglement Response, Dive Response, and Biotoxins
  • Richly illustrated in color throughout the new edition including updated anatomical drawings and extensive photographs of ocular lesions
  • Provides guidance to websites that regularly present updated information and images pertinent to current marine mammal medicine such as imaging and stranding network contacts
  • Discusses ethics and animal welfare.
  • The book guides the reader through the veterinary care of cetaceans, pinnipeds, manatees, sea otters, and polar bears. In addition to summaries of current knowledge, chapters provide information on those digital resources and websites which present the latest information as it emerges in the field. The CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine, Third Edition gives a call to action for scientists to experiment with new endeavors to engage and inspire current and future generations to care for marine mammals and the marine environment, and work together to find solutions. As the most trusted reference for marine mammal conservation medicine and for marine mammal medical facilities around the world, this book needs to be in your library.

    section I|2 pages

    Global Marine Mammal Health Concerns

    chapter 1|16 pages

    Stranding Response

    ByClaire A. Simeone, Kathleen M. T. Moore

    chapter 2|18 pages

    Oil Spill Response and Effects

    ByMichael Ziccardi, Sarah Wilkin

    chapter 3|10 pages

    Whale Entanglement Response and Diagnosis

    ByMichael J. Moore, David Mattila, Scott Landry, Doug Coughran, Ed Lyman, Jamison Smith, Michael Meÿer

    chapter 4|16 pages

    Zoonoses and Public Health

    ByMorten Tryland

    chapter 5|14 pages

    Ethics and Animal Welfare

    ByLeslie A. Dierauf, Joseph K. Gaydos

    section II|2 pages

    Anatomy and Physiology

    chapter 6|10 pages

    Overview of Dive Responses

    ByDorian S. Houser

    chapter 7|48 pages

    Gross and Microscopic Anatomy

    BySentiel A. Rommel, Alexander M. Costidis, Linda J. Lowenstine

    chapter 8|16 pages


    ByDaniel E. Crocker

    chapter 9|16 pages

    Stress and Marine Mammals

    ByShannon Atkinson, Leslie A. Dierauf

    chapter 10|40 pages


    ByTodd R. Robeck, Justine K. O’Brien, Shannon Atkinson

    chapter 11|22 pages

    Marine Mammal Immunology

    ByMilton Levin

    chapter 12|16 pages


    ByKarina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Lizabeth Bowen

    section III|2 pages


    chapter 13|18 pages

    Marine Mammal Gross Necropsy

    ByStephen Raverty, Pádraig J. Duignan, Paul D. Jepson, Maria Morell

    chapter 14|30 pages

    Noninfectious Diseases

    ByKathleen M. Colegrove

    chapter 15|22 pages

    Environmental Toxicology

    ByTodd M. O’Hara, Leslie Hart

    chapter 16|10 pages

    Harmful Algae and Biotoxins

    ByDeborah Fauquier, Jan Landsberg

    section IV|2 pages

    Infectious Diseases

    chapter 17|36 pages


    ByPádraig J. Duignan, Marie-Françoise Van Bressem, Galaxia Cortéz-Hinojosa, Suzanne Kennedy-Stoskopf

    chapter 18|22 pages

    Bacterial Infections and Diseases

    ByMorten Tryland, Anett K. Larsen, Ingebjørg H. Nymo

    chapter 19|36 pages

    Marine Mammal Mycoses

    ByThomas H. Reidarson, Daniel García-Párraga, Nathan P. Wiederhold

    chapter 20|46 pages

    Protozoan Parasites of Marine Mammals

    ByMelissa Miller, Karen Shapiro, Michael J. Murray, Martin Haulena, Stephen Raverty

    chapter 21|28 pages

    Helminths and Parasitic Arthropods

    ByLena N. Measures

    section V|2 pages

    Medicine, Anesthesia, and Surgery

    chapter 22|16 pages


    BySteven E. Holmstrum

    chapter 23|20 pages

    Cetacean and Pinniped Ophthalmology

    ByCarmen M. H. Colitz, James Bailey, Johanna Mejia-Fava

    chapter 24|16 pages

    Diagnostic Imaging

    BySophie Dennison, Pietro Saviano

    chapter 25|14 pages

    Applied Flexible and Rigid Endoscopy

    ByWilliam Van Bonn, Samuel Dover

    chapter 26|40 pages


    ByMartin Haulena, Todd Schmitt

    chapter 27|68 pages

    Pharmaceuticals and Formularies

    ByClaire A. Simeone, Michael K. Stoskopf

    chapter 28|18 pages


    ByCraig A. Harms, Leah L. Greer, Janet Whaley, Teresa K. Rowles

    section VI|2 pages


    chapter 29|44 pages

    Nutrition and Energetics

    ByDavid A. S. Rosen, Graham A. J. Worthy

    chapter 30|18 pages

    Hand-Rearing and Artificial Milk Formulas

    ByLaurie J. Gage, Michael T. Walsh

    chapter 31|10 pages

    Environmental Considerations

    ByLaurie J. Gage, Ruth Francis-Floyd

    chapter 32|32 pages

    Tagging and Tracking

    ByMichelle E. Lander, Andrew J. Westgate, Brian C. Balmer, James P. Reid, Michael J. Murray, Kristin L. Laidre

    chapter 33|12 pages

    Marine Mammal Transport

    ByKeith A. Yip, Christopher Dold

    section VII|2 pages

    Health Assessments

    chapter 34|10 pages

    Population Health Assessment Study Design

    ByTeresa K. Rowles, Lori H. Schwacke, Ailsa J. Hall, Michelle Barbieri

    chapter 35|12 pages

    Health Assessment of Bottlenose Dolphins in Capture–Release Studies

    ByForrest I. Townsend, Cynthia R. Smith, Teresa K. Rowles

    chapter 36|14 pages

    Health Assessment of Large Whales

    ByRosalind M. Rolland, Michael J. Moore

    chapter 37|8 pages

    Health Assessment of Seals and Sea Lions

    ByMichelle Barbieri

    chapter 38|14 pages

    Health Assessment of Sirenia

    ByMichael T. Walsh, Janet M. Lanyon, David Blyde

    chapter 39|14 pages

    Medical Training of Cetaceans and Pinnipeds for Veterinary Care

    ByGéraldine Lacave

    section VIII|2 pages

    Taxon Specific Medicine

    chapter 40|22 pages

    Cetacean Medicine

    ByHendrik H. Nollens, Stephanie Venn-Watson, Claudia Gili, James F. McBain

    chapter 41|26 pages

    Seal and Sea Lion Medicine

    ByCara L. Field, Frances M. D. Gulland, Shawn P. Johnson, Claire A. Simeone, Sophie T. Whoriskey

    chapter 42|14 pages

    Walrus Medicine

    ByDaniel M. Mulcahy, Vanessa Fravel

    chapter 43|20 pages

    Sirenian Medicine

    ByMichelle R. Davis, Michael T. Walsh

    chapter 44|20 pages

    Sea Otter Medicine

    ByLesanna L. Lahner, Pamela A. Tuomi, Michael J. Murray

    chapter 45|12 pages

    Polar Bear Medicine

    ByMichael Brent Briggs, Beth Ament Briggs