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    DescriptionWild dolphins are an elusive subject for behavioral studies: How can you 'do a Jane Goodall' on animals usually visible only as a glimpse of rolling dorsal fins heading for the horizon? In this unusual book, two of the best-known scientists in the marine-mammal field have assembled an astonishing variety of discoveries about dolphins. The contributions range from a graduate student's first paper to senior scientists summarizing a lifetime of research. The dolphins they have studied range from tiny spinners to majestic pilot whales, from killer whales to the familiar bottle-nosed dolphin. The research tactics vary just as widely: the researchers have followed dolphins in boats, tracked them from shore, dived among hundreds of them (plus a few sharks) in tuna fishing nets. They have used computers and airplanes, genetic analysis and artificial language, and learned to read the life history of a dolphin from the cross-section of a single tooth. Pryor and Norris are successful writers as well as scientists; the book is peppered with entertaining essays, by one or both editors, on the intriguing history of dolphin research. "Dolphin Societies" not only surveys the most interesting recent research on dolphin behavior but also gives lay readers a fascinating look at the scientific mind at work.

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    Dolphin Societies
    Discoveries and Puzzles
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Karen Pryor, Edited by Kenneth S. Norris
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 405
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520216563
    ISBN 10: 0520216563

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PSVW73
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24280
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BIC subject category V2: WNCS
    BISAC V2.8: SCI070000, NAT020000
    Ingram Subject Code: AN
    Libri: I-AN
    LC classification: QH
    BISAC V2.8: SCI052000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 570
    BISAC V2.8: SCI008000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 599.53
    BISAC V2.8: NAT019000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A63705040
    DC21: 599.5315
    Thema V1.0: WNCS, PSV, PSVM2
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    90 illustrations, 33 tables
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    10 December 1998
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Karen Pryor was a founder of Sea Life Park in Hawaii, where she pioneered many dolphin-training techniques. She is the author of numerous papers and several books, including Karen Pryor on Behavior: Essays and Research (1994), and has served on the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. Kenneth S. Norris is Professor Emeritus of Natural History and Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and one of America's senior mammalogists and conservationists. His work established that dolphins use echolocation. He helped draft the Marine Mammal Protection Act. His books include The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin (California, 1994).
    Review quote
    "[A] major anthology."--"Los Angeles Times
    Back cover copy
    Pryor and Norris are distinguished writers as well as scientists, and the book includes entertaining essays, by one of both editors, on the intriguing history and significance of dolphin research. This book not only surveys the most interesting recent research on dolphin behavior but also provides a fascinating record of the scientific mind at work.