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Dolphin Mysteries: Unlocking the Secrets of Communication Kindle Edition

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'It's refreshing to read a book written by two zoologists who have devoted their lives to studying marine mammals underwater... Of all the books I've read on this subject, this one has the most to offer in terms of understanding how dolphins behave and interact (both with one another and with humans), and it describes their remarkable cognitive powers in layman's terms.' Peter Evans, BBC Wildlife Magazine. 'With exquisite prose and scientific acumen, 'Dolphin Mysteries' unveils the magic world of dolphin communication, bridging land and water and bringing us fin to shoulder with our aquatic kin.' G.A. Bradshaw Ph.D., Director, The Kerulos Center --BBC Wildlife Magazine, G. A. Bradshaw

About the Author

Kathleen M. Dudzinski 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 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'.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3782 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (14 Oct. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,151,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8de41a28) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e10d720) out of 5 stars A book that can be forgotten among the vast literature on dolphins 19 Aug. 2014
By KDeRoo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't even finish this book. As others have said, it is poorly written, boring, and repetitive. The whole "I (Kathleen)" and "I (Tony)" nonsense got old fast. Although somewhat interesting at times, I can't say it really provided anything new. There are plenty of other interesting books on dolphins out there ("Dolphins Diaries" and "Dolphin in the Mirror" being two notable ones I read recently and thoroughly enjoyed), so don't bother with this one. I read had Dolphins by Tim Cahill - which had featured Kathleen - back in high school, so I was interested to see what she had learned all those years studying dolphins. I'm not sure I really care now.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e10d774) out of 5 stars Repetitive and uninspiring 10 Feb. 2010
By Samuel Graf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was really looking forward to this book, but after reading it, I feel I really haven't learned much about dolphin cognition and communication. First, the book is extremely repetitive. For example, in the first two chapters, the authors says that dolphins are "egregious" animals, again and again and again. And then in the middle of the book they say how they touch with pectoral fins and how this can mean different things in different contexts, again and again and again. And in the last chapter they say how loud noises can adversely affect dolphins, again and again and again. The book could have been shortened by a factor of a few without any loss of information. Second, the style is really annoying: the book was obviously written by two people as it is a bit incoherent at times and they often say things like "I (Toni) observed this and that" and then Kathleen thinks this and that and then we are served a thick dose of emotional stuff about how they love dolphins and oceans. I bought this book to learn about dolphins and not about Toni and Kathleen, so passive voice with some information might be more helpful. Finally, when they come to the really interesting stuff, they don't go into any detail. For example, they explain the false belief task challenge and then they say that there is some reason to believe that dolphins have passed this task, without any elaboration whatsoever. Sure, I could go and find the source paper, but I bought the book precisely because I don't have time to do things like that...
HASH(0x913c34e0) out of 5 stars Informative and Engaging 14 Nov. 2014
By MAC2003 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an informative and engaging book for those who are interested in learning more about the history of the study of dolphin behavior, as narrated by two life-long and well-recognized researchers. It discusses the experiences of both researchers, their insights and encounters with both their scientific findings after studying dolphins. The book also offers a rare insight into what they have learned from interactions with different cultures and uncovering histories in those areas as related to dolphins. This book further gives an accurate and interesting synopsis of where research of dolphins lies in the history of interaction between humans and dolphins--which I found fascinating. This is definitely recommended.
HASH(0x8e10d9fc) out of 5 stars No mystery here... 5 Sept. 2010
By free2bee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Absorbing everything informative about cetaceans may have hindered my enjoyment of this book. I didn't find any mysteries revealed
There was no mention of the dolphins ability to stun prey with their sonar, nor any information disproving it.

The style of interweaving comments was more distracting and not helpful, since even the photograph had no means of distinguishing them as indiviuals.

Overall this book was a disappointment. No mystery--except--, perhaps some of the more bizarre doings of Lilly and why was it published with that title?
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e10d834) out of 5 stars Dolphin Mysteries--a treasure of a book! 17 Aug. 2009
By Leah Lemieux - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Anyone interested in dolphins simply MUST read DOLPHIN MYSTERIES.
In it, the latest science on dolphin behavior and discoveries regarding dolphin intelligence are explored and updated, along with marvelous anecdotes from professionals with years of valuable experience in the field. The insights gleaned are at once fresh and reliable, making this a fine and informative read, furnished with fabulous photographs. Dolphin Mysteries is a must have for the personal library of anyone fascinated with these incredible and complex creatures.

--Leah Lemieux, author of REKINDLING THE WATERS:The Truth About Swimming with Dolphins.
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