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A memoir by the worldand#8217;s leading dolphin and whale expert, revealing the extraordinary richness of these animalsand#8217; 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-consciousnessand#8212;on the other hand, in Japan, dolphins are slaughtered indiscriminately, and several nations keep them in cruel conditions.

Diana Reiss is one of the worldand#8217;s 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 dolphinsand#8217; 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 Reissand#8217;s 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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In this paperback reprint of the 1999 original, Heinrich tells stories about ravens, which he has studied both in the wild and in adopted birds. The text is remarkable for the depth and range of observation applied to the birds' lives, habits, and natural history. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The culmination of 35 years of research on dolphin and whale intelligence, The Dolphin in the Mirror is a journey inside the minds of both species and a plea that we treat them with the respect due to highly intelligent creatures.

Synopsis:

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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andquot;One comes away from Reissandrsquo;s book agreeing that andlsquo;dolphins are among the smartest creatures on the planetandrsquo; and that they merit not just our attention but our care and protection.andquot;andmdash;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 worldandrsquo;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 Reissandrsquo;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. andquot;Reiss has managed no small featandmdash;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.andquot;andmdash;Irene Pepperberg, author of Alex and Me andquot;Reiss fills the book with such intriguing tales and with the science behind themandhellip; Reiss is passionate about her science, but she is passionate about her subjects as well.andquot;andmdash;The Tampa Bay Times

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Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can only be spied on by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father," as well as observing them in their natural habitat. He studies their daily routines, and in the process, paints a vivid picture of the ravens' world. At the heart of this book are Heinrich's love and respect for these complex and engaging creatures, and through his keen observation and analysis, we become their intimates too.

Heinrich's passion for ravens has led him around the world in his research. Mind of the Raven follows an exotic journey—from New England to Germany, and from Montana to Baffin Island in the high Arctic—offering dazzling accounts of how science works in the field, filtered through the eyes of a passionate observer of nature. Each new discovery and insight into raven behavior is thrilling to read, at once lyrical and scientific.

About the Author

The author of numerous bestselling and award-winning books, Bernd Heinrich is a professor of biology at the University of Vermont. He divides his time between Vermont and the forests of western Maine.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Prologue:and#160;Saving Humphreyand#8195;1

Minds in the Waterand#8195;23

First Insightsand#8195;43

In Search of the Dolphin Rosetta Stoneand#8195;78

Nonterrestrial Thinkersand#8195;109

The Face in the Mirrorand#8195;133

Through the Looking Glassand#8195;148

Cognitive Cousinsand#8195;168

Reflections on Dolphin Minds and#8195;190

Into the Cove and#8195;213

Ending the Long Loneliness and#8195;236

Consortium of Marine Scientists and Zoo and Aquarium Professionals Call for an End to the Inhumane Dolphin Drives in Japanand#8195;258

Notesand#8195;261

Acknowledgmentsand#8195;266

Indexand#8195;268

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Jeane, September 9, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
Bernd Heinrich shares his lifelong curiosity about ravens. He observe ravens in the wild, and some kept as pets. Most of his work is done with hand-raised birds in large outdoor aviaries. There he devised many experiments- which failed countless times, because the ravens completely foiled him. Heinrich doesn't avoid sharing his errors and frustrations. The personal tone and numerous anecdotes make this book a pleasure to read. It's full of information about raven behavior and biology. Wrapped around all the facts are the author's personal opinions, conclusions and admiration for these fascinating birds.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061136054
Author:
Heinrich, Bernd
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Reiss, Diana
Author:
by Bernd Heinrich
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Life Sciences - Zoology - General
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching - General
Subject:
Anecdotes
Subject:
Ravens
Subject:
Birds & Birdwatching
Subject:
Ravens -- Anecdotes.
Subject:
Birdwatching Guides
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Subject:
Marine Life
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pages of b/w photos
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.95 in 1.08 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,

The culmination of 35 years of research on dolphin and whale intelligence, The Dolphin in the Mirror is a journey inside the minds of both species and a plea that we treat them with the respect due to highly intelligent creatures.

"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.

"Synopsis" by ,
andquot;One comes away from Reissandrsquo;s book agreeing that andlsquo;dolphins are among the smartest creatures on the planetandrsquo; and that they merit not just our attention but our care and protection.andquot;andmdash;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 worldandrsquo;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 Reissandrsquo;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. andquot;Reiss has managed no small featandmdash;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.andquot;andmdash;Irene Pepperberg, author of Alex and Me andquot;Reiss fills the book with such intriguing tales and with the science behind themandhellip; Reiss is passionate about her science, but she is passionate about her subjects as well.andquot;andmdash;The Tampa Bay Times
"Synopsis" by , Heinrich involves us in his quest to get inside the mind of the raven. But as animals can only be spied on by getting quite close, Heinrich adopts ravens, thereby becoming a "raven father," as well as observing them in their natural habitat. He studies their daily routines, and in the process, paints a vivid picture of the ravens' world. At the heart of this book are Heinrich's love and respect for these complex and engaging creatures, and through his keen observation and analysis, we become their intimates too.

Heinrich's passion for ravens has led him around the world in his research. Mind of the Raven follows an exotic journey—from New England to Germany, and from Montana to Baffin Island in the high Arctic—offering dazzling accounts of how science works in the field, filtered through the eyes of a passionate observer of nature. Each new discovery and insight into raven behavior is thrilling to read, at once lyrical and scientific.

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