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The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives

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A memoir by the worlds leading dolphin and whale expert, revealing the extraordinary richness of these animals intelligence and exposing our terrible mistreatment of the smartest creatures in the sea.

For centuries, humans and dolphins have enjoyed a special relationship, evident not just in mythology and folklore but in many documented encounters. Some past cultures even worshipped dolphins and condemned anyone who killed or wounded of them. Yet in recent decades, a paradox: on the one hand, we have discovered extraordinary depths of dolphin intelligence and their emotional lives, to the point of glimpsing their self-consciousness—on the other hand, in Japan, dolphins are slaughtered indiscriminately, and several nations keep them in cruel conditions.

Diana Reiss is one of the worlds leading experts on dolphin intelligence who has helped lead the revolution in dolphin understanding for three decades. In addition, as an activist, she is a leading rescuer who helped inspire and served as an adviser for The Cove, and who continues to campaign against the annual Japanese slaughters. Here, she combines her science and activism to show us just how smart dolphins really are, and why we must stop mistreating them. Readers will be astonished at dolphins sonar capabilities; at their sophisticated, lifelong playfulness; at their emotional intelligence; and at their ability to bond with other species, including humans and even dogs! Her beloved companion dolphins, each with distinct personalities, create their own toys, type commands on a keyboard, tease and scold her playfully, and express their affection and delight. In Reisss most famous experiments, she used a mirror to prove that dolphins are self-aware, and even self-conscious. The Dolphin in the Mirror is both a scientific revelation and a emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on Earth.

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The Dolphin in the Mirror is a memoir by the world's leading dolphin and whale expert, revealing both the extraordinary richness of their intelligence, and the often fatal consequences of their interactions with humans. It is both a journey inside the minds of these amazing creatures and a plea that we treat them with the respect they are due.

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"One comes away from Reiss’s book agreeing that ‘dolphins are among the smartest creatures on the planet’ and that they merit not just our attention but our care and protection."—New York Times For centuries, humans and dolphins have enjoyed a special relationship, evident not just in mythology and folklore but in many documented encounters. Diana Reiss is one of the world’s leading experts on dolphin intelligence, and her decades of research and interactions with dolphins have made her a strong advocate for their global protection. In The Dolphin in the Mirror, Reiss combines her science and activism to show just how smart dolphins really are and why we must protect them. Dolphins are creative and self-aware, with distinct personalities and the ability to communicate with humans. They craft their own toys, use underwater keyboards, and live in complex societies in the seas. And yet some nations continue to slaughter them indiscriminately. This story of Reiss’s encounters and research with dolphins is both a scientific revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on the planet and exposing our terrible mistreatment of the smartest creatures in the sea. "Reiss has managed no small feat—synthesizing personal experience, descriptive material, and scientific fact . . . No one reading this book could possibly remain untouched by the beauty and intelligence of these powerful mammals of the sea."—Irene Pepperberg, author of Alex & Me "Reiss fills the book with such intriguing tales and with the science behind them… Reiss is passionate about her science, but she is passionate about her subjects as well."—The Tampa Bay Times

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Diana Reiss is not just an advocate for dolphins, she is one of the worlds leading experts on dolphin intelligence. In The Dolphin in the Mirror, Reiss combines science and activism to show just how smart dolphins really are and why we must stop mistreating them. Dolphins are creative and self-aware, with distinct personalities and the ability to communicate with humans. They craft their own toys, use underwater keyboards, and develop complex social structures. And yet some nations slaughter them indiscriminately while others keep them captive in cruel conditions. Reiss, who served as a consultant to the Academy Award-winning film The Cove, has devoted her life to studying whales and dolphins since the 1970s and fills the book with personal stories from her life's work. The Dolphin in the Mirror is both a scientific revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on the planet.

About the Author

Dr. Diana Reiss is Professor in the Psychology Department at Hunter College and in the Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Program of The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She directs the Dolphin Research Program at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. She is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University, and she served as a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Her research focuses on dolphin cognition and communication, comparative animal cognition, and the evolution of intelligence. She has authored papers published in numerous international scientific journals and book chapters and her work has been featured in many television science programs. She has authored papers published in numerous international scientific journals and book chapters and her work has been featured in many television science programs.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Prologue: Saving Humphrey 1

Minds in the Water 23

First Insights 43

In Search of the Dolphin Rosetta Stone 78

Nonterrestrial Thinkers 109

The Face in the Mirror 133

Through the Looking Glass 148

Cognitive Cousins 168

Reflections on Dolphin Minds  190

Into the Cove  213

Ending the Long Loneliness  236

Consortium of Marine Scientists and Zoo and Aquarium Professionals Call for an End to the Inhumane Dolphin Drives in Japan 258

Notes 261

Acknowledgments 266

Index 268

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547844619
Author:
Reiss, Diana
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Marine Life
Subject:
Nature Studies-Ocean and Marine Biology
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of b/w photos
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,

The Dolphin in the Mirror is a memoir by the world's leading dolphin and whale expert, revealing both the extraordinary richness of their intelligence, and the often fatal consequences of their interactions with humans. It is both a journey inside the minds of these amazing creatures and a plea that we treat them with the respect they are due.

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"One comes away from Reiss’s book agreeing that ‘dolphins are among the smartest creatures on the planet’ and that they merit not just our attention but our care and protection."—New York Times For centuries, humans and dolphins have enjoyed a special relationship, evident not just in mythology and folklore but in many documented encounters. Diana Reiss is one of the world’s leading experts on dolphin intelligence, and her decades of research and interactions with dolphins have made her a strong advocate for their global protection. In The Dolphin in the Mirror, Reiss combines her science and activism to show just how smart dolphins really are and why we must protect them. Dolphins are creative and self-aware, with distinct personalities and the ability to communicate with humans. They craft their own toys, use underwater keyboards, and live in complex societies in the seas. And yet some nations continue to slaughter them indiscriminately. This story of Reiss’s encounters and research with dolphins is both a scientific revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on the planet and exposing our terrible mistreatment of the smartest creatures in the sea. "Reiss has managed no small feat—synthesizing personal experience, descriptive material, and scientific fact . . . No one reading this book could possibly remain untouched by the beauty and intelligence of these powerful mammals of the sea."—Irene Pepperberg, author of Alex & Me "Reiss fills the book with such intriguing tales and with the science behind them… Reiss is passionate about her science, but she is passionate about her subjects as well."—The Tampa Bay Times
"Synopsis" by , Diana Reiss is not just an advocate for dolphins, she is one of the worlds leading experts on dolphin intelligence. In The Dolphin in the Mirror, Reiss combines science and activism to show just how smart dolphins really are and why we must stop mistreating them. Dolphins are creative and self-aware, with distinct personalities and the ability to communicate with humans. They craft their own toys, use underwater keyboards, and develop complex social structures. And yet some nations slaughter them indiscriminately while others keep them captive in cruel conditions. Reiss, who served as a consultant to the Academy Award-winning film The Cove, has devoted her life to studying whales and dolphins since the 1970s and fills the book with personal stories from her life's work. The Dolphin in the Mirror is both a scientific revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on the planet.
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