Dolphin Mysteries Unlocking the Secrets of Communication Kathleen M. Dudzinski, Toni Frohoff, Ph.D, Mark Bekoff
- Publication date:
- 17 Oct 2008
- 264 pages: 235 x 178 x 23mm
- 49 black & white illustrations + 23 colour images
Dolphins have fascinated humans for millennia, giving rise to an abundance of stories and myths about them, yet the actual details of their lives in the sea have remained elusive. In this enthralling book, Kathleen Dudzinski and Toni Frohoff take us into the dolphins' aquatic world to witness firsthand how they live their lives, communicate, and interact with one another and with other species, including people.Kathleen Dudzinski and Toni Frohoff are scientists who have collectively dedicated more than 40 years to studying dolphins beneath the ocean's surface, frequently through a close-up underwater lens. Drawing on their own experiences and on up-to-the-minute research, the authors show that dolphins are decidedly not just members of a group but distinct individuals, able to communicate with one another and with humans. Dudzinski and Frohoff introduce a new way of looking at, and listening to, the vocabulary of dolphins in the sea, and they even provide an introductory 'dolphin dictionary', listing complex social signals that dolphins use to share information among themselves and with people. Unveiling an intimate and scientifically accurate portrait of dolphins, this book will appeal to everyone who has wanted a closer glimpse into the hearts and minds of these amazing creatures.
Kathleen M. Dudzinski, Ph.D., is director of the Dolphin Communication Project and co-editor of the journal Aquatic Mammals. She serves on the adjunct faculties of the University of Southern Mississippi, Alaska Pacific University, and the University of Rhode Island. Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., is director of TerraMar Research and research director of Whale Stewardship Project. She is the co-editor of Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond.
"Hallelujah--this is the book I've been waiting for. Everyone who loves dolphins, everyone interested in the science of animal behavior, everyone who cares about preserving the life of the seas must get this riveting book. "Dolphin Mysteries" will deepen your awe and rouse your compassion. It's a book worthy of its subject. I'll refer to it again and again."--Sy Montgomery, author of "Journey of the Pink Dolphins" and "The Good Good Pig"