By William E. Evans
This e-book is a mix historical past of a few points of Marine Mammal technology and a story of a distinct voyage by way of the writer into the area of marine mammals. even supposing the examine of marine mammals has a truly lengthy historical past, the trendy period of study didn't commence in any severe manner till the 1950's. on the finish of the warfare, Marineland of Florida got here to lifestyles and supplied a complete new event for most people to view and examine dolphins (primarily the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin), up shut and private. It was once additionally the beginning of a brand new technique and curiosity in study to appreciate how those extraordinary mammals have tailored to the marine setting. This used to be the beginning of many possibilities to aim and solution the various questions that experience intrigued scientist for hundreds of years. because the author's advent to this new recreation began in 1956 this e-book makes a speciality of the improvement of this attention-grabbing box of technological know-how from that interval as much as the present.The tale is advised from his viewpoint as an lively player. this day there are millions of committed younger scientists operating with marine mammals. regrettably few of them comprehend a lot of the interesting historical past in their technological know-how. it's our wish that this booklet will deal with that factor. Dr. William E. Evans, is a Professor Emeritus of the Marine Biology division, Texas A&M collage Galveston. he's one of many first crew of scientists that made up the cadre of the Navy's Marine Mammal software which begun within the 1960' at a Naval Base in Southern California. His basic zone of analysis in the course of his 10 years with the USA military application used to be marine mammal communion and echolocation. It led to the layout of a distinct examine platform for gazing and recording dolphins underwater and for radio telemetric research of numerous species.During his profession, Dr Ewans was once a Director of the Hubbs Sea global learn Institute, a md of the Marine Mammal fee with over sight duties for the Marine Mammal defense, affiliate Administrator of the nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric management (NOAA), and Dean of the Texas Maritime collage. at the moment he a visitor Professor on the collage of Notre Dame, and coping with Editor of the "American Midland Naturalist". Dr. Evans is the writer of over 100 clinical and renowned articles. he's the writer and co-author of 4 books together with a youngsters booklet a few "Gray Whale GIGI".
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John started out cleaning aquaria at Marineland of the Paciﬁc and ended up as the head of the New England Aquarium. We were able to procure specimens of small pelagic (open ocean) dolphins caught in the yellow ﬁn tuna ﬁshery in the Eastern Tropical Paciﬁc, as well as some bottlenose dolphin skulls. We placed a small sound source in the blowhole of a small dolphin skull, attached it to a harness and onto a device designed to allow us to slowly turn the carcass in an arch, while recording the sound pressure level of the sound source at various frequencies as a function of angle.
Our escort was young, about 20, and a lieutenant in the Mexican Navy. I can’t remember his name, but he was a ﬁne addition to our crew. He and Dr. Norris really connected, and they would spend the evenings while we were cruising south playing their guitars and singing Mexican folk songs. Ken was a big hit when he taught our young Naval oﬃcer how to play and sing about Pecos Bill. I think he thought I was Pecos Bill. We would also read excerpts from Steinbeck and Rickett’s Log of the Sea of Cortez.
Inside there was a Mexican cowboy. He was wearing sandals and what looked like hand-made spurs. Since I collect spurs I couldn’t resist and traded a couple of pack of cigarettes for those spurs which had silver inlay that was hand hammered. They are still a prize in my collection. After our brief stay we headed back and stopped in the small village of Santa Tomas, famous for its old mission and winery. That evening we visited a small cantina full of Mexican ﬁshermen. We tried to ask if they ever saw seals.
Fifty Years of Flukes & Flippers: A Little History & Personal Adventures With Dolphins, Whales & Sea Lions (1958-2007) by William E. Evans