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From Flipper to SeaWorld, dolphins have long captured our hearts. We love these friendly, intelligent mammals, and they seem to return our feelings—they enjoy interacting with swimmers and have been known to encircle people under attack by sharks. Despite our familiarity with dolphins, though, we remain ill-informed about how they evolved, how they function, and how they have interacted with humans for millennia. Dolphin dives into the dolphin’s zoology, as well as its social and cultural history, to offer a comprehensive view of these delightful creatures.
 
Drawing on his years of experience working with and studying dolphins, Alan Rauch explores their propensity to live in pods and their ability to communicate through a variety of clicks, whistles, and other vocalizations. He examines their long relationship with humans, describing how they became the emblem of safe travel and charity, that the ancient Greeks featured them on coins, and that Hindu mythology associated them with Ganga, a river deity. As the rise in popularity of dolphinaria during the 1960s allowed the public access to dolphins, they became central characters in films like The Day of the Dolphin and Johnny Mnemonic and outsmarted humans in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Packed with images and thoughtful insights, Dolphin is a revealing look at one of our favorite sea creatures.

About the Author

Alan Rauch is associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Table of Contents

                Preface

1              Zoology and Physiology: Evolution and Adaptation

2              Species of Dolphin: A Cosmopolitan Animal

3              The Dolphin in History and Mythology

4              Intelligence, Social Behaviour and Echolocation

5              Dolphin Dangers: Tuna, Predation, Pollution, Exploitation

6              Dolphins and Popular Culture

                Timeline

                References

                Select Bibliography

                Associations and Websites

                Acknowledgements

                Photo Acknowledgements

                Index

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780230894
Author:
Rauch, Alan
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Marine Life
Subject:
Nature Studies-Ocean and Marine Biology
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 color plates, 40 halftones
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

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Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Mammals » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Ocean and Marine Biology
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » General
Science and Mathematics » Oceanography » Marine Mammals

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