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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300121148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300121148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,016,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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This enthralling book takes us into the dolphins’ world beneath the sea to discover details of their lives, their methods of communication, and how they interact with one another and with humans. Drawing on decades of firsthand research, the authors unveil one of the most intimate and scientifically accurate portraits of dolphins to date.

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samuel Graf on February 9, 2010
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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...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Meister on May 3, 2009
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This book grips you right from the start, not unlike dolphins. A truly fascinating look at how dolphins communicate written in a very easy to understand and entertaining way by people who clearly have tremendous experience in this field. The book takes you into the world of dolphins in their environment and reveals the extraordinary and sophistocated way they relate to each other. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys reading and learning about marine mammals or animals in general.
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By free2bee on September 5, 2010
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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?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leah Lemieux on August 17, 2009
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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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on December 9, 2009
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This book is lame, a mere regurgitation of what was said before countless times, no original studies, nothing. Boring! Author fails to arouse any interest in this subject. Here you get another "Pop psychology" aka "pop animal behavior" book. Half-baked, half-interesting...spare yourself time and money; watch clips on youtube, much more entertaining and educational!
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