By Diana Reiss
For centuries, people and dolphins have loved a unique dating, glaring 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 learn and interactions with dolphins have made her a powerful suggest for his or her worldwide safety. In The Dolphin within the Mirror, Reiss combines her technology and activism to teach simply how shrewdpermanent dolphins particularly are and why we needs to safeguard them.
Dolphins are inventive and self-aware, with targeted personalities and the power to speak with people. They craft their very own toys, use underwater keyboards, and stay in advanced societies within the seas. And but a few international locations proceed to slaughter them indiscriminately. This tale of Reiss’s encounters and study with dolphins is either a systematic revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of many maximum intelligences in the world and exposing our poor mistreatment of the neatest creatures within the sea.
"Reiss has controlled no small feat—synthesizing own event, descriptive fabric, and clinical truth . . . No one analyzing this e-book may be able to stay untouched by way of the sweetness and intelligence of those robust mammals of the sea."—Irene Pepperberg, writer of Alex & Me
"Reiss fills the ebook with such exciting stories and with the technological know-how in the back of them… Reiss is obsessed with her technological know-how, yet she is obsessed with her topics as well."—The Tampa Bay Times
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