The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives

By Diana Reiss

"One comes clear of Reiss’s booklet agreeing that ‘dolphins are one of the smartest creatures on the earth’ and that they benefit not only our realization yet our care and protection."—New York Times

For centuries, people and dolphins have loved a different courting, obvious not only in mythology and folklore yet in lots of documented encounters. Diana Reiss is likely one of the world’s best specialists on dolphin intelligence, and her many years of study and interactions with dolphins have made her a powerful suggest for his or her international defense. In The Dolphin within the Mirror, Reiss combines her technological know-how and activism to teach simply how shrewdpermanent dolphins relatively are and why we needs to guard them.

Dolphins are inventive and self-aware, with distinctive personalities and the power to speak with people. They craft their very own toys, use underwater keyboards, and reside in advanced societies within the seas. And but a few countries proceed to slaughter them indiscriminately. This tale of Reiss’s encounters and examine with dolphins is either a systematic revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of many maximum intelligences on the earth and exposing our bad mistreatment of the neatest creatures within the sea.

"Reiss has controlled no small feat—synthesizing own event, descriptive fabric, and medical truth . . . No one studying this publication might be able to stay untouched by way of the wonder and intelligence of those strong mammals of the sea."—Irene Pepperberg, writer of Alex & Me

"Reiss fills the ebook with such fascinating stories and with the technological know-how at the back of them… Reiss is obsessed with her technological know-how, yet she is keen about her topics as well."—The Tampa Bay Times

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They're the topic of either striking information and questionable claims. within the first classification, striking info, the U. S. army has made up our minds dolphin can effectively find a three-inch sphere from a distance of 4 hundred yards. the second one class, questionable claims, arises from the truth that the sound waves that dolphins produce may be able to penetrate organic tissue. In precept, as a result, dolphins could be capable of research one another's inner organs at a look. What they "see" and what use they make of such details is a secret, yet there are tales that indicate dolphins occasionally comprehend greater than we expect attainable. i've got heard various debts of people that declare that once they swam within the wild with dolphins, injured components in their our bodies have been scanned by means of the dolphins and manipulated. this can be the case, however it is definitely attainable that one strikes an injured limb otherwise, that can catch the eye of a dolphin and lead it to enquire. i have additionally heard a number of money owed of pregnant ladies who declare that dolphins used sonar on their abdomens. it is not fantastic to imagine that dolphin sonar may possibly exhibit a being pregnant. in any case, our much less subtle ultrasound know-how plays this job. I now behavior observations and cognitive reports with a social staff of dolphins on the nationwide Aquarium in Baltimore. The social staff consists of a number of generations of women and some male offspring. we've saw an older lady experiment the belly zone of her pregnant offspring. it will definitely confer a bonus to the person and the social staff to grasp who's awaiting. whether or not they are fairly detecting a being pregnant and figuring out the ramifications, even if, is way from transparent. What is not unsure, even if, is the perception into the dolphin brain that Lou Herman's attractive test provides us approximately what dolphins "see" once they echolocate. simply because it is difficult for vision-oriented creatures to visualize what a puppy "sees" while it really is growing an olfactory photo of its international, so it demanding situations our mind's eye to photo a dolphin's brain while it creates an acoustic photo of the realm. yet Herman and his colleagues offer compelling facts that dolphins' sound-based perceptual platforms produce anything comparable to visible pictures. Lou collaborated with Adam Pack and Matthias Hoffman-Kuhnt in this vintage scan with a seven-year-old woman named Elele. Elele was once an keen scholar in no matter what she did, and he or she enjoyed to be correct, which she was once more often than not. while a coach gave her the "hooray" sign, either fingers stretched up vertically, Elele may jump into the air, squeaking and clicking with satisfaction. during this test, Elele had much to squeak approximately, simply because as a rule she was once close to excellent in her functionality. The test used to be easy in idea yet demanded cautious execution. The query used to be this: may Elele have the capacity to visually determine an item after she had sonared it? In different phrases, does the sonar echo translate right into a visible picture in a dolphin's brain?

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