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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 feelingsa€”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 dolphina€™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 Hitchhikera€™s Guide to the Galaxy. Packed with images and thoughtful insights, Dolphin is a revealing look at one of our favorite sea creatures.Anatomy: in addition to a layer of blubber, a dolphin has a a#39;subdermal sheatha#39; of connective tissue that helps put added energy ... Dolphin offspring, like the young of most marine mammals, are relatively large, and at birth may weigh as much as one-tenth of the mothera#39;s weight. ... Because dolphin calves do not have lips with which to suckle, the nipples of a nursing female protrude and milk is, throughanbsp;...

Author:Alan Rauch
Publisher:Reaktion Books - 2013-08-15


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