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Dolphin Mysteries: Unlocking the Secrets of Communication

By: Kathleen M Dudzinski(Author), Toni Frohoff(Author), Marc Bekoff(Foreword By)

224 pages, 49 b/w illus, 23 col photos

Yale University Press

Paperback | Apr 2010 | #185088 | ISBN-13: 9780300121148
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Hardback | Oct 2008 | #176349 | ISBN-13: 9780300121124
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About this book

Dolphins have fascinated humans for millennia, giving rise to an abundance of stories and myths about them, yet the actual details of their lives in the sea have remained elusive. In this enthralling book, Kathleen Dudzinski and Toni Frohoff take us into the dolphins' aquatic world to witness firsthand how they live their lives, communicate, and interact with one another and with other species, including people.

Kathleen Dudzinski and Toni Frohoff are scientists who have collectively dedicated more than 40 years to studying dolphins beneath the ocean's surface, frequently through a close-up underwater lens. Drawing on their own experiences and on up-to-the-minute research, the authors show that dolphins are decidedly not just members of a group but distinct individuals, able to communicate with one another and with humans. Dudzinski and Frohoff introduce a new way of looking at, and listening to, the vocabulary of dolphins in the sea, and they even provide an introductory 'dolphin dictionary', listing complex social signals that dolphins use to share information among themselves and with people. Unveiling an intimate and scientifically accurate portrait of dolphins, this book will appeal to everyone who has wanted a closer glimpse into the hearts and minds of these amazing creatures.

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"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"As you read this fine book and learn more about the world of dolphin communication and cognition, you'll see that dolphins are more remarkable and mysterious than you have previously imagined."
– from the Foreword by Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and of Animals Matter

"I'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

"Dolphin Mysteries is wonderfully written in a personal style that reveals the authors passion for these animals. This amazing work is accessible to everyone."
– Newsletter of the Puget Sound chapter of the American Cetacean Society

"Admirably accessible [...] Photographs and excellent drawings add to the written clarity and tight organization of the book. Dudzinski and Frohoff's love, dedication, and formidable scientific expertise renders Dolphin Mysteries useful for a whole range of readers [...] [A] small masterpiece [...] Highly recommended."

"Dolphin Mysteries: Unlocking the Secrets of Communication [is] an engaging and accessible book that will appeal to a broad audience [...] This book is both easy to understand and entertaining, keeping you turning the pages with an engaging blend of specific details and facts intertwined with the personal experiences of the authors with dolphins and other marine mammals [...] The authors' enthusiasm and passion for dolphin research is evident on every page."
– Susan Parks, Centre Daily Times

"Dolphin Mysteries is a well-written, interesting book on several levels [...] This excellent book is well worth reading by any student or teacher interested in marine mammals."
– Cate Hibbitt, American Biology Teacher

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Kathleen M. Dudzinski, Ph.D., is director of the Dolphin Communication Project and co-editor of the journal Aquatic Mammals. She serves on the adjunct faculties of the University of Southern Mississippi, Alaska Pacific University, and the University of Rhode Island.

Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., is director of TerraMar Research and research director of Whale Stewardship Project. She is the co-editor of Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond.

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