In this fine account of scientific field work, Norris relates details of spinner dolphin behavior while telling the story of efforts to save that species from extinction. Illustrations. (Jan.)
Norris has been a notable source of nontechnical writing on the dolphins for many years. Here he presents an autobiographical account of his work on spinner dolphins. The best first-person tales written by scientists vividly capture the research process, the trials and tribulations that lead to scientific knowledge. Norris recounts the beginnings of his dolphin research station in Hawaii, discusses his work in the 1970s on dolphin kills related to tuna fishing, and tells stories of his and his coworkers' experiments. But these pieces of his story never coalesce into an engaging narrative. In addition, the text and the line drawings do not adequately depict some of the more complex concepts, such as how tuna fishing traps dolphins or how the dolphin spins. Norris's Dolphin Societies ( LJ 6/15/91), coedited with Karen Pryor, is a better purchase.-- Susan Klimley, Columbia Univ. Libs.