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cetacean : any of an order (Cetacea) of aquatic mostly marine mammals that includes the whales, dolphins, porpoises, and related forms and that have a torpedo-shaped nearly hairless body, paddle-shaped forelimbs but no hind limbs, one or two nares opening externally at the top of the head, and a horizontally flattened tail used for locomotion — Webster   See also   OneLook


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Cetacea is an infraorder of aquatic mammals that includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Key characteristics are their fully aquatic lifestyle, streamlined body shape, often large size and exclusively carnivorous diet. They propel themselves through the water with powerful up-and-down movement of their tail which ends in a paddle-like fluke, using their flipper-shaped forelimbs to maneuver. — Wikipedia

Cetacean (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Cetacean Fact Sheets (American Cetacean Society)

Cetacea: Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises (One Zoom)
Cetacea (Catalogue of Life)
Cetacea (WolframAlpha)




Cetology is the branch of marine mammal science that studies the approximately eighty species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the scientific order Cetacea. — Wikipedia

Mammalogy is the study of mammals – a class of vertebrates with characteristics such as homeothermic metabolism, fur, four-chambered hearts, and complex nervous systems. Mammalogy has also been known as “mastology,” “theriology,” and “therology.” The major branches of mammalogy include natural history, taxonomy and systematics, anatomy and physiology, ethology, ecology, and management. — Wikipedia

Mammalogy (Encyclopædia Britannica)

The Science of Mammalogy (The American Society of Mammalogists)




DDC: 599.5 Cetacea (Library Thing)
Subject: Cetacea (Library Thing)

Subject: Cetacea (Open Library)

LCC: QL 737.C43 Cetacea (UPenn Online Books)
Subject: Cetacea (UPenn Online Books)

LCC: QL 737.C43 Cetacea (Library of Congress)
Subject: Cetacea (Library of Congress)

Subject: Cetacea (WorldCat)



Cetacean Curriculum (American Cetacean Society)


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Cetologists , or those who practice cetology, seek to understand and explain cetacean evolution, distribution, morphology, behavior, community dynamics, and other topics. — Wikipedia

Careers in Mammalogy (American Society of Mammalogists)

Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists (CareerOneStop, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration)


American Cetacean Society

Society for Marine Mammalogy

American Society of Mammalogists
The Mammal Society


Marine Mammal Science (Society for Marine Mammalogy)

Mammal Review (The Mammal Society)
Journal of Mammalogy (American Society of Mammalogists)
Mammalian Species (American Society of Mammalogists)

Cetacean (EurekaAlert, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
Cetacean (bioRxiv: Preprint Server for Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Cetacean (Science Daily)
Cetacean (Science News)
Cetacean (Phys.org)
Cetacean (NPR Archives)



Cetacean (USA.gov)


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Dolphins and Whales News -- ScienceDaily Whales and dolphins. Whale songs, beaching, endangered status -- current research news on all cetaceans.

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    on January 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

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    on December 15, 2022 at 5:07 pm

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    on January 26, 2023 at 9:32 pm

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    on January 19, 2023 at 6:50 pm

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    on January 19, 2023 at 4:45 pm

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  • New research shows porpoises not harmed by...
    on January 18, 2023 at 2:45 pm

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    on January 17, 2023 at 6:51 pm

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