Marine Mammals, Extinctions of

Glenn R. Van Blaricom, Leah Gerber, Robert L. Brownell

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We review patterns of extinction in marine mammals, emphasizing modern cases. We detail both known recent extinctions and taxa or populations known to be in jeopardy of extinction. Cases of extinction or jeopardy fall into two categories: one driven largely by excessive commercial hunting and the second driven by a suite of risk factors associated with expanding human populations. Recovery of jeopardized cases in the first group is attainable by rigorously conservative management. Recovery of cases in the second group requires restraint in human development on an unprecedented scale and appears generally intractable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Biodiversity
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9780123847195
ISBN (Print)9780123847201
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Bycatch
  • Cetacean
  • Contaminant
  • Endangered
  • Extinction
  • Harvest
  • Jeopardy
  • Pinniped
  • Pollution
  • Recovery
  • Shipstrike
  • Sirenian
  • Threatened
  • Translocation
  • Whaling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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