441 pages, Figs, tabs, illus
Much has been written about dolphins and whales, and excellent books exist especially on the charismatic bottlenose dolphins; and killer, humpback, and sperm whales. But detailed studies have been carried out on a handful of other species, and this book summarizes our state of knowledge of a little dolphin - the southern hemisphere dusky, and compares its behavioral strategies in different environs.
The editors, Bernd and Mel Wursig, began studying duskies in Patagonia, Argentina, in 1972. Although they have been to many parts of the Earth since then - including work on Amazon and Yangtze river dolphins, Hawai'i for the delicate lovely spinner dolphin, the Arctic for bowhead and gray whale work, and bottlenose dolphins in several milieus - they have always returned to their fist love of unraveling the social patterns and life strategies of duskies that exist in small groups in semi-enclosed bays and as herds of well over 1,000 in the open ocean.
This book documents the latest research, from their feeding patterns to their acrobatic skills. It is full of scientific facts, with a sense of poetry and wonder of the unknown.
... this beautifully illustrated book, with many color photos (e.g., p. 247) and close to a thousand combined references at the end for easy look-up, is the very best to date describing our current state of knowledge on the dusky dolphin-and in doing so shedding light on the life of any other delphinid, too, for that matter. The Dusky Dolphin, simply put, is one of those classics which should not be missing from the shelves of anyone in the marine mammal field. - Michiel Schotten, Department of Marine Biology, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands
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