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Official State Marine Mammals

Official marine mammals listed by state. (List by state or year).
StateList by state Name Designated as Year
Alabama West Indian Manatee, family Trichechidae, order Sirenia, species Trichechus manatus Official state marine mammal of Alabama 2009
Alaska Bowhead whale State marine mammal 1983
Arizona [ None ]    
Arkansas [ None ]    
California California gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) Official State Marine Mammal 1975
Colorado [ None ]    
Connecticut [ None ]    
Delaware [ None ]    
Florida Manatee Florida state marine mammal 1975
Georgia Right whale Official Georgia State marine mammal 1985
Hawaii Humpback whale Official marine mammal of the State 1979
Idaho [ None ]    
Illinois [ None ]    
Indiana [ None ]    
Iowa [ None ]    
Kansas [ None ]    
Kentucky [ None ]    
Louisiana [ None ]    
Maine [ None ]    
Maryland [ None ]    
Massachusetts Right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) Marine mammal or marine mammal emblem of the commonwealth 1980
Michigan [ None ]    
Minnesota [ None ]    
Mississippi [ None ]    
Missouri [ None ]    
Montana [ None ]    
Nebraska [ None ]    
Nevada [ None ]    
New Hampshire [ None ]    
New Jersey [ None ]    
New Mexico [ None ]    
New York [ None ]    
North Carolina [ None ]    
North Dakota [ None ]    
Ohio [ None ]    
Oklahoma [ None ]    
Oregon [ None ]    
Pennsylvania [ None ]    
Rhode Island [ None ]    
South Carolina Bottlenose dolphin Official state marine mammal 2009
South Carolina Northern Right whale Official migratory marine mammal 2009
South Dakota [ None ]    
Tennessee [ None ]    
Texas [ None ]    
Utah [ None ]    
Vermont [ None ]    
Virginia [ None ]    
Washington Orca Official marine mammal of the state of Washington 2005
West Virginia [ None ]    
Wisconsin [ None ]    
Wyoming [ None ]    
What Is a Marine Mammal?
What Is a
Marine Mammal?

What Is a Marine Mammal?, by Bobbie Kalman, Jacqueline Langille. 32 pages. Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company (2000) Reading level: Ages 7+.

Whales, manatees, seals, dolphins, and sea otters are just some of the many mammals that have evolved over time in order to survive in the water. From Arctic waters to tropical seas, vivid photographs and surprising facts about these salt water mammals reveal how these air breathing creatures have adapted to the water; what they eat and how they raise their young; cetaceans, pinnipeds, sea otters, sirenians, and polar bears; the dangers of pollution, commercial fishing, and poachers.

National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World
Guide to Marine
Mammals of the World

National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World, by the National Audubon Society. 528 pages. Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (April 2, 2002)

The National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World describes in fascinating detail all 120 species of the world's whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions, manatees, Marine and Sea Otters, and the Polar Bear. Written by a team of experts and featuring more than 320 illustrations, 418 photographs, and 123 maps, this new guide offers more authoritative, up-to-date, and accessible information than any book previously published on the subject.

Full-color paintings, some depicting males and females, juveniles, subspecies, or special features. Color photographs showing appearance in the wild and illustrating typical behaviors. Life history data, including length and weight at various life stages, and life span. Range and habitat text and a full-color range map based on the most current information. Facts about social organization, surface behaviors, swimming, and diving. Information on mating behavior, breeding, and the rearing of young. Details about food items and foraging techniques. Estimates of population in the wild, plus current and historic threats.

Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World
Whales, Dolphins, and
Other Marine Mammals
of the World

Whales, Dolphins, and Other Marine Mammals of the World, by Hadoram Shirihai & Brett Jarrett. 384 pages. Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 2, 2006)

This Princeton Field Guide brings readers nose-to-nose with all of the world's marine mammals-a comprehensive line-up of remarkable whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, walruses, otters, polar bears, dugongs, and manatees.

A highly practical field guide, it combines state-of-the-art illustrations with superb color photographs and detailed maps. The book highlights key field marks and clearly summarizes the types of behaviors that marine-mammal watchers may observe.

Armed with this book, any observer anywhere in the world should be able to identify the marine mammals they encounter.

Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals
Encyclopedia of
Marine Mammals

Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals, Editors: William Perrin & Bernd Wursig & J. Thewissen. 1352 pages. Publisher: Academic Press; 2 edition (December 8, 2008)

This thorough revision of the classic first edition brings this authoritative book right up-to-date. Articles describe every species in detail, based on the very latest taxonomy, and a host of biological, ecological and sociological aspects relating to marine mammals. The latest information on the biology, ecology, anatomy, behavior and interactions with man is provided by a cast of expert authors - all presented in such detail and clarity to support both marine mammal specialists and the serious naturalist. Fully referenced throughout and with a fresh selection of the best color photographs available, the long-awaited 2nd edition remains at the forefront as the go-to reference on marine mammals.

Recommended for Marine Biologists, Ecologists, Conservation Biologists, Fisheries Biologists and Environmental consultants.