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"An interesting, readable, and up-to-date account of dolphin behavior from two well-known experts whose own experiences bring something fresh to the discussion."-Mark Simmonds, Ph.D., Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, UK -- Mark Simmonds

"A fascinating journey into the complex social, emotional, and cognitive world of dolphins. Everyone who is interested in animal behavior should read this wonderful book."-Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Animals in Translation -- Temple Grandin

"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 -- G.A. Bradshaw

"A multi-faceted and comprehensive study of dolphin intelligence and communication that masterfully balances hard science with deeply moving accounts of two prominent scientists' personal experiences with dolphins. An essential book for anyone interested in dolphins."-Thomas I. White, Ph.D., author of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier -- Thomas I. White

"Hallelujah-this is the book I''ve been waiting for. Everyone who loves dolphins, everyone interested in the science of animal behavior, everyone who cares about preserving the life of the seas must get this riveting book. Dolphin Mysteries will deepen your awe and rouse your compassion. It''s a book worthy of its subject. I''ll refer to it again and again."-Sy Montgomery, author of Journey of the Pink Dolphins and The Good Good Pig

?Hallelujah?this is the book I''ve been waiting for. Everyone who loves dolphins, everyone interested in the science of animal behavior, everyone who cares about preserving the life of the seas must get this riveting book. Dolphin Mysteries will deepen your awe and rouse your compassion. It''s a book worthy of its subject. I''ll refer to it again and again. Sy Montgomery, author of Journey of the Pink Dolphins and The Good Good Pig -- Sy Montgomery

?A fascinating journey into the complex social, emotional, and cognitive world of dolphins. Everyone who is interested in animal behavior should read this wonderful book. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., author of Animals in Translation -- Temple Grandin

?A multi-faceted and comprehensive study of dolphin intelligence and communication that masterfully balances hard science with deeply moving accounts of two prominent scientists? personal experiences with dolphins. An essential book for anyone interested in dolphins. Thomas I. White, Ph.D., author of In Defense of Dolphins: The New Moral Frontier -- Thomas I. White

?An interesting, readable, and up-to-date account of dolphin behavior from two well-known experts whose own experiences bring something fresh to the discussion. Mark Simmonds, Ph.D., Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, UK -- Mark Simmonds

?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 -- G.A. Bradshaw

." . . Of all the books I''ve read . . . 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" (02/13/2009)

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300121148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300121148
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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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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.
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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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