Most people, when asked to name ten mammals off the top of their head, are likely to list only terrestrial mammals and don't think to include marine mammals. It seems that we humans have an unconscious bias toward thinking of mammals as being terrestrial rather than maritime, perhaps because we ourselves are mammals, the dominant terrestrial mammals, and the other terrestrial mammals seem more like us than do the marine mammals. This is a book about all the marine mammals, and is divided by chapters into the four commonly recognized sub-groups: cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises), sirenians (manatees, dugongs), pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, walruses), and fissipeds (polar bears, sea otters).
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About the Author
After being educated in economics at Yale University, David Ritchey served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, including a year in Vietnam. Back in civilian life, he initially became a businessman as he had been trained but, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he dropped out, got a divorce, moved to a remote old stone farmhouse and took up fine art photography as his vocation, winning over 60 awards during the next fifteen years.
During that period, he became fascinated with the psychology and neurology of both creativity and metaphysics and returned to school to train as a psychotherapist. During his fifteen years of clinical practice specializing in hypnotherapy, he undertook a twelve-year project to research and write about such subjects and his first book, The H.I.S.S. of the A.S.P., was published in 2003. Writing proved to be every bit as rewarding as photography and became his primary vocation. Being an inveterate learner, he focused on non-fiction subjects, enjoying the research as much as the writing. His more than forty published works have won over 25 literary awards. His books can be found at www.davidritchey-author.com and online book stores.
His avocations have included scuba diving, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, gardening, woodworking, dogs, magic, bridge, and Scrabble. He has two adult children, Harper and Mac, and one almost-adult grandchild, Brendan. He lives in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and spends most of his time either writing or engaging in stimulating conversations over restaurant meals with close friends.
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