Whales and Dolphins

Whales and Dolphins

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Whales and dolphins are icons for the conservation movement. They are the most conspicuous ambassadors for entire marine ecosystems and possibly even for the biosphere as a whole. Concurrent with our realisation of impending threats to their environment is a growing scientific understanding of the social and cognitive complexity of many of these species. This book brings together experts in the relevant diverse fields of cetacean research, to provide authoritative descriptions of our current knowledge of the complex behaviour and social organization of whales and dolphins. The authors consider this new information in the context of how different human cultures from around the world view cetaceans and their protection, including attitudes to whaling. They show how new information on issues such as cetacean intelligence, culture and the ability to suffer, warrants a significant shift in global perceptions of this group of animals and how these changes might be facilitated to improve conservation and welfare approaches.Each dolphina#39;s uniqueness strongly supports the importance of individual psychological wellbeing and the need for greater protection of ... experimental hoops dolphins jump through, our species has yet to appreciate that there are different types ofintelligence in other species. ... Interestingly the same is true of elephants which exhibit many behavioural and neurobiological similarities to some cetaceansanbsp;...

Title:Whales and Dolphins
Author:Philippa Brakes, Mark Peter Simmonds
Publisher:Routledge - 2013-09-13


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