Marine Mammals

The biology of cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, and sea otters. Topics covered include the diversity, evolution, ecology, and behavior of marine mammals and their interactions with humans. Detailed consideration given to the adaptations that allow these mammals to live in the sea. Evaluation of the scien- tific, ethical, and aesthetic factors influencing societal attitudes toward these animals and of their conservation management in light of domestic legislation and international treaties. (Given at Beaufort.) Prerequisite: introductory biology. One course.

Course Number: 
BIOLOGY376A
Course Level: 
300-399
Curriculum Codes: 
Crosslisting Numbers: 
ENVIRON376A
MARINESCIENCE
Course Notes: 
Fall 2017 offering, Duke Marine Lab