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Killer Whale: Further Reading

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Dahlheim, M.E., S. Leatherwood and W.F. Perrin. 1982. Distribution of killer whales in the warm temperate and tropical eastern Pacific. Report of the International Whaling Commission 32:647-653.

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Ford, J.K.B. 1989. Acoustic behavior of resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) off Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Zoology 67:727-745.

Ford, J.K.B. 1991. Vocal traditions among resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) in coastal waters of British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Zoology 67:727-745.

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Ford, J.K.B., and G.M. Ellis. 1999. Transients: mammal-hunting killer whales of British Columbia, Washington, and southeastern Alaska. UBC Press, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ford, J.K.B., and G.M. Ellis. 2006. Selective foraging by fish-eating killer whales Orcinus orca in British Columbia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 316.

Ford, J.K.B., G.M. Ellis, L.G. Barrett-Lennard, A.B. Morton, R.S. Palm and K.C. Balcomb III. 1998. Dietary specialization in two sympatric populations of killer whales (Orcinus orca) in coastal British Columbia and adjacent waters. Canadian Journal of Zoology 76:1456-1471.

Ford, J.K.B., G.M. Ellis and K.C. Balcomb. 2000. Killer whales: the natural history and genealogy of Orcinus orca in British Columbia and Washington State. 2nd ed. UBC Press, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Ford, J.K.B., G.M. Ellis, D.R. Matkin, K.C. Balcomb, D. Briggs and A.B. Morton. 2005. Killer whale attacks on minke whales: prey capture and antipredator tactics. Marine Mammal Science 21(4):603-618.

Forney, K.A., and P. Wade. 2006. Worldwide distribution and abundance of killer whales. In: J.A. Estes, R.L. Brownell, Jr., D.P. DeMaster, D.F. Doak and T.M. Williams (eds.). Whales, Whaling and Ocean Ecosystems. University of California Press, Berkeley, California. In Press.

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Gilmore, R. 1976. Killer whales in the San Diego area, Del Mar to the Coronado Islands. American Cetacean Society Newsletter. San Diego, California. 2 pp.

Goley, P.D., and J.M. Straley. 1994. Attack on gray whales in Monterey Bay, California, by killer whales previously identified in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Canadian Journal of Zoology 72:1528-1530.

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Guinet, C. and J. Bouvier. 1995. Development of intentional stranding hunting techniques in killer whale (Orcinus orca) calves at Crozet Archipelago. Canadian Journal of Zoology 73:27-33.

Haenel, N.J. 1986. General notes on the behavioral ontogeny of Puget Sound killer whales and the occurrence of allomaternal behavior. Pp 285-300. In: B.C. Kirkevold and J.S. Lockard (eds.) Behavioral Biology of Killer Whales. Alan R. Liss. New York, New York.

Herman, D.P., D.G. Burrows, P.R. Wade, J.W. Durban, C.O. Matkin, R.G. Leduc, L.G. Barrett-Lennard and M.M. Krahn. 2005. Feeding ecology of eastern North Pacific killer whales, Orcinus orca, from fatty acid, stable isotope, and organochlorine analyses of blubber biopsies. Marine Ecology Progress Series 302:275-291.

Heise, K., L.G. Barrett-Lennard, E. Saulitis, C. Matkin and D. Bain. 2003. Examining the evidence for killer whale on Steller sea lions in British Columbia and Alaska. Aquatic Mammals 29:325-334.

Heyning, J.E., and M.E. Dahlheim. 1988. Orcinus orca. Mammalian Species No. 304. American Society of Mammalogists. 9 pp.

Hoelzel, A.R. 1991. Killer whale predation on marine mammals at Punta Norte, Argentina ; food sharing, provisioning and foraging strategy.

Hoelzel, A.R. 1993. Foraging behaviour and social group dynamics in Puget Sound killer whales. Animal Behaviour 45:581-591.

Hoelzel, A.R., and G.A. Dover. 1991. Genetic differentiation between sympatric killer whale populations. Heredity 66:191-195.

Hoelzel, A.R., M. Dahlheim and S.J. Stern. 1998. Low genetic variation among killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the eastern North Pacific and genetic differentiation between foraging specialists. Journal of Heredity 89:121-128.

Hoelzel, A.R., A. Natoli, M.E. Dahlheim, C. Olavarria, R.W. Baird and N.A. Black. 2002. Low worldwide genetic diversity in the killer whale (Orcinus orca): implications for demographic history. Proceedings of the royal Society of London, Biological Sciences, Series B 269:1467-1473.

Holt, M. M., Noren, D. P., Veirs, V., Emmons, C. K., & Veirs, S. (2009). Speaking up: killer whales (Orcinus orca) increase their call amplitude in response to vessel noise. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125, 27-32.

Hoyt, E. 1990. Orca: The Whale Called Killer. Camden House Publishing, North York, Ontario. 292 pp.

Jefferson, T.A., P.J. Stacey and R.W. Baird. 1991. A review of killer whale interactions with other marine mammals: predation to co-existence. Mammal Review 21:151-180.

Jefferson, T.A., S. Leatherwood and M.A. Webber. 1993. FAO Species Identification Guide: Marine Mammals of the World. United Nations Environment Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 320 pp.

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Updated: June 25, 2014


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