Dolphin confidential: confessions of a field biologist.

Dolphin confidential: confessions of a field biologist. Maddalena Bearzi.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. Octavo, dustwrapper, line drawings.

In this fascinating account, Bearzi takes us inside the world of a marine scientist and offers a firsthand understanding of marine mammal behaviour, as well as the frustrations, delights, and creativity that make up dolphin research. In this intimate narrative, Bearzi recounts her experiences at sea, tracing her own evolution from a scientist into an advocate for conservation and dolphin protection. These compelling, in-depth descriptions of her fieldwork also present a captivating look into dolphin social behaviour and intelligence. The central part of the book is devoted to the metropolitan bottlenose dolphins of California, as Bearzi draws on her extensive experience to offer insights into the daily lives of these creatures - as well as the difficulties involved in collecting the data that transforms hunches into hypotheses and eventually scientific facts. The book closes by addressing the critical environmental and conservation problems facing these magnificent, socially complex, highly intelligent, and emotional beings. An honest, down-to-earth analysis of what it means to be a marine biologist in the field today. Also available in hardcover Stock ID: 39331.

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