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The Dolphins of Shark Bay (Scientists in the Field)by Pamela S Turner
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Janet Mann has been a marine biologist in Shark Bay, Western Australia for twenty-five years - in particular a spot called Monkey Mia (no monkeys here, though; just dolphins). With just a quick glance over the ocean she can recognized hundreds of bottle nose dolphins by the cuts and marks on their dorsal fins. It isn't often that she spots a stranger — it is more rare to spot a stranger who is a sponger. What's a sponger? A sponger is a dolphin who uses a sponge in order to rustle up fish in the sandy bottom of the ocean without tearing her soft nose to shreds. Tool use — a remarkably human talent — is rare among wild animals. In Shark Bay, 55 dolphins possess this skill. Are they born with it? Do they teach it to each other? Why don't all of the dolphins use this skill?
Dolphins understand abstract ideas; we've all seen captive dolphins performing tricks and flips and walking on their tails. Captive dolphins can also learn to recognize themselves in the mirror and can "point." This is something even chimpanzees can't do. Some researchers believe that if we could decode dolphin clicks and whistles, we could talk to them. We could ask them: why are you so smart?
For more than twenty-five years Janet Mann and her colleagues have recorded the lives of hundreds of wild dolphins for the Shark Bay Dolphin Project. Some are good mothers, some are bad friends, others are sneaky rivals, and some are flat-out innovative dolphin geniuses. Using sponges is just one of the remarkable things that these wild dolphins do. In The Dolphins of Shark Bay you will ride alongside author Pamela S. Turner, Janet Mann, and her scientific team and meet a cast of dolphin characters large enough (and charismatic enough) to rival a Shakespearean play — Puck, Piccolo, Flute and Dodger among them. You will fall in love with this crew, both human and finned, as they seek to answer the question: just why are dolphins so smart? And what does their behavior tell us about human intelligence, captive animals, and the future of the ocean? Beautiful photos of dolphins in their natural habitat and a funny, friendly, and fast-paced text make this another winner in the Scientists in the Field series.
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We all know that dolphins are considered very smart. But why is this? It is the size of their brains? Is it what they eat? Is it due to their environment? Author Pamela S. Turner takes us to Australia to follow dolphins in the wild so we can figure out just what makes dolphins tick in the newest book in the critically acclaimedand#160;Scientists in the Field series.
In the newest addition to the ever-popular and authoritative nonfiction Scientists in the Field series, the team behindThe Frog Scientist take you on a research trip toand#160;New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean to follow crows in aviaries and in the wild while answering many thought-provoking questions like: andquot;Can a crow outsmart a scientist?andquot; Remarkably engaging narrative nonfiction coupled with beautiful photographs, this is a tripand#160;you wonand#39;t regret booking!
One of the biggest differences between humans and animals is the ability to understand the idea of andldquo;If I do X, Y might happen.andrdquo; New Caledonian crows seem to possess the intelligence to understand this andldquo;causalandrdquo; concept. Why do crows have this ability? What does the crow know and what does it tell us about brain size, evolutionary intelligence, and just who is the smartest creature on the planet? In the latest addition to the Scientists in the Field series, the creators ofand#160;The Frog Scientistand#160;take us to a beautiful Pacific island, where a lively cast of both crows and scientists is waiting to amuse and enlighten us.and#160;
Seahorses, some of the oceanand#8217;sand#160;most charming fish, are in trouble.and#160;In the past twenty years their populations has declined.and#160;They are threatened by overfishing, pollution and climate change. In Handumon in the Philippines, villagers and conservationists have joined to protect the seahorse and the coral reefs whereand#160;they live. Amanda Vincent and Heather Koldewey, founders of Project Seahorse, work with Filipino colleagues and local fishers like and#147;Digoyand#8221; Paden to protect seahorses and the livelihood of local fishing families. Through their efforts the Handumon Marine Protected Area is now a model and#147;underwater parkand#8221; where marine life is safe from fishing.
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Pamela S. Turner has a master's degree in
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