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Dolphin Days: The Life and Times of the Spinner Dolphin
     

Dolphin Days: The Life and Times of the Spinner Dolphin

by Kenneth S. Norris, Jenny Wardrip (Illustrator)
 

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Self-described as half-teacher, half-naturalist, Dr. Kenneth S. Norris is one of the world’s foremost authorities on whales and dolphins, those most appealing creatures with whom we share the planet. Focusing on the spinner dolphins off Hawaii, Norris carries us through his earliest contacts with these graceful animals (including work with Gregory Bateson),

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Self-described as half-teacher, half-naturalist, Dr. Kenneth S. Norris is one of the world’s foremost authorities on whales and dolphins, those most appealing creatures with whom we share the planet. Focusing on the spinner dolphins off Hawaii, Norris carries us through his earliest contacts with these graceful animals (including work with Gregory Bateson), his attempts with teams of students to learn about their complex lives in the sea, and finally to the tragic dolphin kill in the yellowfin tuna industry.
Dr. Norris tells us how the dolphins swim, find food, breathe in rough weather, and how they protect themselves in an underwater world totally without places to hide. Norris shows us how his scientific ideas evolve, takes us on a hair-raising trip aboard a tuna vessel where he and his colleagues dive in the net to search for solutions to the kill, and finally suggests how the “magic envelope,” the dolphins’ group protection system, might be the key to releasing them unharmed.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393332377
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
02/12/1991
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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