Dolphins, perhaps like no other sea creatures, captivate and delight us. They are highly evolved and social animals, communicating with each other through their own language of clicks and whistles and engaging in elaborate courtship rituals. Their obvious curiosity about the world around them even extends to humans, with whom they sometimes fraternize, if only for a few moments of entertainment but, unfortunately, this factor of their intelligence and ability to be trained has made them prime targets for exploitation. Add that to pollution and toxins that threaten their habitat and the practice in some cultures to kill them for food, dolphins, while not yet an endangered species, are nonetheless being continually threatened. With words and pictures Jonathan Bird tells of the history habits and folklore surrounding these fascinating creatures.
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