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Dolphin Societies: Discoveries and Puzzles
Dolphin Societies: Discoveries and Puzzles by Pryor, Karen 0520067177 9780520067172
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Dolphin Societies: Discoveries and Puzzles by Pryor, Karen

Wild dolphins are an elusive subject for behavioral studies: How can you do a Jane Goodall on animals usually visible only as a glimpse of rolling dorsal fins heading for the horizon? In this unusual book, two of the best-known scientists in the marine-mammal field have assembled an astonishing variety of discoveries about dolphins. The contributions range from a graduate students first paper to senior scientists summarizing a lifetime of research. The dolphins they have studied range from tiny spinners to majestic pilot whales, from killer whales to the familiar bottle-nosed dolphin. The research tactics vary just as widely: the researchers have followed dolphins in boats, tracked them from shore, dived among hundreds of them (plus a few sharks) in tuna fishing nets. They have used computers and airplanes, genetic analysis and artificial language, and learned to read the life history of a dolphin from the cross-section of a single tooth. Pryor and Norris are successful writers as well as scientists; the book is peppered with entertaining essays, by one or both editors, on the intriguing history of dolphin research.Dolphin Societiesnot only surveys the most interesting recent research on dolphin behavior but also gives lay readers a fascinating look at the scientific mind at work.

Author: Pryor, Karen

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 405

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 1991-06-18

Our Price: $4.88

ISBN: 0520067177

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