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

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HMH, Sep 20, 2011 - Nature - 288 pages
This scientific memoir by an aquarium researcher “illuminate[s] the world of the dolphin’s amazing intelligence and playfulness.” —Temple Grandin
“One comes away from Reiss’s book agreeing that ‘dolphins are among the smartest creatures on the planet’ and that they merit not just our attention but our care and protection.” —The New York Times
Dolphins are creative and self-aware, with distinct personalities and the ability to communicate with humans. They craft their own toys, use underwater keyboards, and live in complex societies throughout the seas. And yet, some nations continue to slaughter them indiscriminately.
Diana Reiss is one of the world’s leading experts on dolphin intelligence. Her decades of research and interactions with dolphins have made her a strong advocate for their global protection. In The Dolphin in the Mirror, Reiss demonstrates just how smart dolphins really are, and makes a compelling case for why we must protect them.
“Reiss, who served as an adviser on the Oscar-winning 2009 film ‘The Cove’ . . . writes passionately about the need to protect these sentient creatures.” —The Washington Post
“Reiss fills the book with such intriguing tales and with the science behind them. . . . Reiss is passionate about her science, but she is passionate about her subjects as well.” —The Tampa Bay Times
“Her enthusiasm is contagious.” —Publishers Weekly
“Reiss has managed no small feat—synthesizing personal experience, descriptive material, and scientific fact. . . . No one reading this book could possibly remain untouched by the beauty and intelligence of these powerful mammals of the sea.” —Irene Pepperberg, author of Alex & Me

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This book is what every good book of its type should be--and more. I learned to love animal intelligence/empathy/ethology books on the likes of When Elephants Weep, which I last read quite a while ago ... Read full review

THE DOLPHIN IN THE MIRROR: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives

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The director of dolphin research at Baltimore's National Aquarium retraces the path by which science has come to understand dolphin intelligence. A committed activist on behalf of dolphin welfare ... Read full review


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1 Minds in the Water
2 First Insights
3 In Search of the Dolphin Rosetta Stone
4 Nonterrestrial Thinkers
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5 The Face in the Mirror
6 Through the Looking Glass
9 Into the Cove
10 Ending the Long Loneliness
Consortium of Marine Scientists and Zoo and Aquarium Professionals Call for an End to the Inhumane Dolphin Drives in Japan
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7 Cognitive Cousins
8 Reflections on Dolphin Minds

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About the author (2011)

Diana Reiss is a professor in the Psychology Department at Hunter College and in the Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Program of the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She directs the Dolphin Research Program at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Dr. Reiss is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University, and she served as a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Her research focuses on dolphin cognition and communication, comparative animal cognition, and the evolution of intelligence. Reiss has authored papers published in numerous international scientific journals and book chapters, and her work has been featured in many television science programs.

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