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cetology

[sē′täl·ə·jē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The study of whales.
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In his capacity as cetologist, he was repeatedly summoned to legitimate an environmentalist fascination with individual whale voices (see: Francis and Hewlett, 2007, for the stories of Luna and Springer).
leading cetologists (327) admit that "uncertainty abounds at most
biological species." (332) In fact, cetologists have been calling
Ishmael not only searches for affinities between and among earth, animal, and human; he also attempts, in scientific fashion, to classify different species of whales, to become a cetologist. However, he finds, as did Darwin, that the line between distinction species and variations within species in blurry and shifting.
As cetologists continue to use biopsies to assess pregnancy patterns, they should be cognizant of the potential biases associated with biopsies of bowriding animals.
As regards whales, an analogous conclusion came from a 2001 study where, on the basis of a review of the existing literature, two leading cetologists, after defining culture as information or behavior acquired directly from conspecifics through forms of social learning, claim that there is no evidence supporting a cultural dichotomy between humans and nonhumans, and that observational studies of behavior, vocalizations and populations together offer strong proof that cetaceans "do have culture" (Rendell and Whitehead 382).
Peterson, "Whalers, Cetologists, Environmentalists, and the International Management of Whaling," International Organization 46 (Winter 1992), pp.
HOTS students pretend to be cetologists, aeronauts, and explorers.