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Thought-provoking and inspiring!,
This review is from: Whales and Dolphins: Cognition, Culture, Conservation and Human Perceptions (Paperback)
Despite the differences in our physiology and habitat, we share many traits with whale and dolphins. Like us, most species are highly intelligent, long-lived, with relatively slow reproduction rates and a need for intense training until they become responsible and successful adults. Like us, they have complex social lives and belong to different cultures, which even if the same species make each group unique. Moreover, not only are the individuals all different with their very own character traits, but they also have a sense of self - they are persons, just like us. Each is unique and irreplacable.
For centuries, these animals have fascinated humans and even in very early history, many realised that whales and dolphins are unlike most other species inhabiting this planet. In recent years, cetacean science has made quantum leaps. We now have a multitude of scientific facts at our fingertips that show clearly that with cetaceans we are not dealing with animals like any others.
All this has - or should have - an impact on the way not only how we view them, but also how we go about their protection and that of their habitat. This book makes a strong case in this regard and stresses compellingly that conserving a species is not enough - as with humans, the individual, the social unit and the cultural group are valuable and need to be protected.
This book is a must-read for all who love whales and dolphins - and an eye-opener for those who think they are not really very special and can be exploited like any other resource.
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