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In the songs and bubble feeding of humpback whales in young killer whales learning to knock a seal from an ice floe in the same way their mother does and in the use of sea sponges by the dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia, to protect their beaks while foraging for fish, we find clear examples of the transmission of information among cetaceans Just as human cultures pass on languages and turns of phrase, tastes in food and in how it is acquired , and modes of dress, could whales and dolphins have developed a culture of their very own Unequivocally yes In The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins, cetacean biologists Hal Whitehead, who has spent much of his life on the ocean trying to understand whales, and Luke Rendell, whose research focuses on the evolution of social learning, open an astounding porthole onto the fascinating culture beneath the waves As Whitehead and Rendell show, cetacean culture and its transmission are shaped by a blend of adaptations, innate sociality, and the unique environment in which whales and dolphins live a watery world in which a hundred and fifty ton blue whale can move with utter grace, and where the vertical expanse is as vital, and almost as vast, as the horizontal Drawing on their own research as well as a scientific literature as immense as the sea including evolutionary biology, animal behavior, ecology, anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience Whitehead and Rendell dive into realms both humbling and enlightening as they seek to define what cetacean culture is, why it exists, and what it means for the future of whales and dolphins And, ultimately, what it means for our future, as well....

Title : The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins
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ISBN : 022632592X
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : University of Chicago Press Reprint edition October 30, 2015
Number of Pages : 432 pages
File Size : 778 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins Reviews

  • Jude
    2019-01-22 18:17

    Good as a popular scientific review of a new perspective on existing knowledge. Would be interesting if you have a dedicated interest in the topic of whale communication and behavior. Otherwise it will be bland and boring as it has much supporting evidence to it's assertions.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-02-03 16:43

    Yes, this is a science book but it is wonderful in its presentation of the premise. They convinced me that we should start accepting that we are not the only sentient beings on the planet.

  • Daniel Cloud
    2019-01-31 16:35

    Great, very useful, complete, clear, the best book on this extremely interesting topic.

  • Flip Nicklin
    2019-02-12 17:42

    For anyone interested in Cetacean Culture tis is a must read. This is a meaty book that will be talked about, thought about and dreamed about for years to come. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.

  • andrew moore
    2019-01-19 17:43

    Very interesting ideas in this book. I still haven't finished it but it has opened my mind to how much is still to be learned about cetaceans!

  • Marryam
    2019-02-02 19:19

    Everything you need to know about whales is here!

  • Fret Freak
    2019-01-29 21:34

    Hal Whitehead is the go to guy for anyone wanting to know the latest on Whale research. This is not written as a scientific paper but it is a serious book. The discussions in this book on whale culture (and by inference the intelligence of these sentient beings) are cutting edge and really stunning!

  • Bill Marcie
    2019-01-19 22:46

    Great book