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“I simply love this book. In Dolphin Confidential, renowned scientist Maddalena Bearzi tells us what it is like to be a field researcher and what it is like to be a dolphin, the ups and downs of daily life, and her excitement about learning just who these fascinating animals are. Bearzi’s science is impeccable, and her book is an easy read for those who want to share her and the dolphin’s lives.”

(Marc Bekoff, author of Wild Justice)

“Maddalena Bearzi impresses me with her capabilities and passion as a marine mammal scientist and her clear and erudite manner of expressing the interface between science and an emotional sense of the animals she studies. I recommend this beautifully illustrated book to the starry-eyed juvenile would-be marine biologist, to those of us beginning our twilight years who may need a reminder of how we started and what this should mean in a larger sense of helping fragile Earth, and to all those academically and environmentally minded in between.”

(Bernd Würsig, Texas A&M University at Galveston)

“This is a delightful chronicle of a young ocean lover’s journey to turn her passion into a career in science, and that scientist’s coming-of-age as she observes an ocean changing around her and the creatures she has come to love and defend. I found it both relaxing and energizing, all at the same time.”

(Carl Safina, author of  Song for the Blue Ocean)

“Dolphin Confidential takes the reader on the author’s memorable journey from a curious nature-lover to a respected, thoughtful scientist and conservation advocate. Full of intriguing observations and exciting field experiences, this book will help people to view the oceans and marine life with respect and joy, and to build the stewardship ethic that is so greatly needed. For people who love and are fascinated by dolphins, this book is a true treasure.”

(Ellen Prager, author of Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime: The Ocean’s Oddest Creatures and Why They Matter)

 

“Bearzi offers a compelling tale of her career, all written in arresting present tense, and her close observations of dolphin behavior within it reveal more about the security of an individual who followed her passion than deep insights into dolphin culture. Bearzi wants to inspire others to become involved with conservation, as ‘this intimate life with dolphins, whales, and other creatures has left a profound and beautiful impression.’ . . . Anecdotes of dolphins mourning, feeding, and behaving heroically remind the reader of the commonalities and differences in these sea creatures and ourselves. . . . In this tale of intellectual pursuit and study, Bearzi asks the reader to do as she has done while also working for the animals’ protection: ‘The more I learn about my fellow animals, the more I feel the need to protect them in their natural state.’”


 

(Publishers Weekly)

“Pairing vivid images of bottlenose dolphins swimming together and caring for one another with descriptions of the meticulous scientific work required to record their behavior, Maddalena Bearzi (founder, Los Angeles Dolphin Project; coauthor, Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins ) sheds light on the life of a field biologist. She avoids attributing human emotions to dolphins (their brains’ responses cannot be documented in the wild) but conveys her love of the species and concern for their survival in ever more-polluted oceans. . . . A beautifully written account of the author's scientific development.”
(Library Journal)

"You’ll meet the amazing dolphins who live in the so-called metropolitan waters off Los Angeles—as well as plenty of colorful characters of the human variety—in the lively, informative Dolphin Confidential. Marine biologist Bearzi is an appealing literary companion. Her narrative is charming and accessible, full of fun scientific facts and beautifully observed detail. Still, as easygoing as the story may be, Bearzi doesn’t shy away from challenging, big-picture issues: wildlife conservation, animal cognition, and the shared health concerns of animals and humans. Dolphin Confidential is the perfect beach read: you can look up from its pages entertained and infinitely more knowledgeable about the marine habitat before your very eyes."
(Zocalo Public Square)

“This book reveals fascinating incidents in the career of a young woman born in Italy who conducted research on lizards, sea turtles, and dolphins. After immigrating to the US, Bearzi continued her education and research, concentrating on dolphins. Her enthusiastic and engaging account of her research career will be of interest to any young student interested in biology. . . . Highly recommended.”
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About the Author

Maddalena Bearzi has studied the ecology and conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles for over twenty years. She is founder of the Los Angeles Dolphin Project in California, cofounder of the Ocean Conservation Society, and coauthor of Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins. She lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (April 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226040151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226040158
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Dolphin Confidential was an absolute delight to read. As a young scientist, it was incredibly inspiring to read about the experiences described, and it reaffirmed my dreams to become a marine biologist (which is always important while in the dregs of graduate school!). The detail into which this book delves articulates exactly what I wish to do with my degree in the future, including environmental conservation and education. This wonderful autobiography left a measurable impact on me, as I'm sure it will to everyone else who reads it- whether they are scientists, students, or just love the ocean and all it has to offer.

- Megan Mudron, Master's student at Colorado State University
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You just look at the cover and you already feel yourself completely immersed in the book, with fishes and dolphins swimming around you. This is the kind of book that you start and you do not want to stop reading it.
Dolphin Confidential is an easy and passionate book, characterized by an amazing personal, neat and sincere touch. It has the great capability to take you by hand throughout all Maddalena's adventures and shows you the beauty and challenges of being out in the nature and study cetaceans.
But, biologists or not, it doesn't matter; this is a book for everybody... For students who need inspiration for what they are doing, for cetacean experts who want to re-live some memories, for non-biology people who want to know better about dolphin research `stuff', for travellers who want to read about remote places and breath salty waters, for dreamers who just want to take a breath from a busy day.
Do not miss it!
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Bearzi's touching memoir of her scientific work is mostly about dolphins, but there's a great deal more here. First is her personal journey. The author doesn't start with a data dump on dolphins: rather, we see through her eyes as she progresses through her degrees and practical work to learn about animals (graduating from lizards up through sea turtles to cetaceans). She cautions about over-humanizing other animals, but admits the temptation is sometimes irresistible. An incident where a group of dolphins stopped feeding and took off at high speed to (apparently) lead researchers to an isolated and drowning human makes her wonder. As her studies and conservation efforts take her from the Mediterranean to the Pacific, we not only learn about creatures and ecosystems but dire environmental threats. Everyone (hopefully) knows we are damaging the marine ecosystem with garbage and pollutants, but Bearzi brings it home in a personal way no reader will forget. If you want detailed breakdowns of species, ranges, etc., there are better books for that, but this author's personal journey into the world of the dolphin is unforgettable.

Matt Bille
Author, Shadows of Existence: Discoveries and Speculations in Zoology (Hancock, 2006)
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This is a wonderfully written autobiography describing a world I knew very little about. Not only did it open my eyes to the life of a marine biologist, it reminded me that every one of us must do whatever we can to protect our environment. Maddalena Bearzi's passion for dolphins and all living things is contagious, and I've found myself talking about her book and her work to anyone who will listen.
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Maddalena Bearzi wrote the first book in the field of marine mammalogy that truly shows humanity. As a colleague living a parallel life to that of Dr. Bearzi, I can say that Maddalena has risen to the challenge of telling the truth about field work. This book will open the eyes of people who are not privy to the challenges and simple yet complex life story of a field biologist. In an age where documentaries and accounts of field work feed upon the hype of adventure and glamour, this book tells the true, simple, honest and remarkable story of a young woman finding her path through life by passion, perseverance and day-to-day experiences, which often are less glamorous than what most believe is the life of a marine biologist. I would recommend this read to everyone with an interest in dolphins and a marine biology career, especially young women who have so few role-models to look up to. This is a remarkable life story with heart. It is the most candid portrayal of a life I have ever read.

Daniela Maldini, PhD
Chief Scientist
Okeanis
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Some people dream about being biologists, others just do it. Maddalena Bearzi provides an honest, forthright and fascinating glimpse into the life of someone who followed her dreams. It is so much fun to learn about her evolution as a student of the oceans, from the sea turtles to the dolphins, but what is most important is her discussion of the threats these incredible animals face from our incursions into their oceanic world. Maddelena's passionate plea for us all to take responsibility for how our choices impact the denizens of the oceans is heartfelt and direct. As one who is a collector of women's life stories, from the early pioneers to oceanographer Sylvia Earle, I can honestly recommend Dolphin Confidential as a lovely look at a life well lived. Great Job Maddelena! Can't what for the sequel!
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