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From Susan Casey, the New York Times best-selling author of The Devil's Teeth and The Wave, a breathtaking look into the mysterious world of dolphins and their conflicted history with man.
Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin, an animal whose playfulness, sociability, and intelligence seem like an aquatic mirror of mankind. In recent decades scientists have discovered dolphins recognize themselves in reflections, count, feel despondent, adorn themselves, rescue one another (and humans), deduce, infer, form cliques, throw tantrums, gossip, and scheme. Several native peoples trace their lineages to dolphins. They are the stars of multimillion-dollar aquatic theme parks, money that has fueled a sinister illicit trade as shown in the documentary Blackfish. The US Navy has a secret program using dolphins as undersea soldiers. The theory that they are a superior, extraterrestrial species is popular among the New Age fringe. They are the victims of brutal slaughters as depicted in the documentary The Cove. To swim with a dolphin is a transporting experience, an encounter with a being seemingly so like us yet so alien.
No writer is better positioned to portray these magical creatures than Susan Casey, whose combination of personal reporting, intense scientific research, and evocative prose made The Wave and The Devil's Teeth contemporary classics of writing on the oceans. For two years Casey traveled the world, and now she has written a thrilling book about the other intelligent life on the planet.
©2015 Susan Casey (P)2015 Random House Audio
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By linda o on 11-30-17

So sad I love dolfins, I wish more people cared

I wish more people cared about marine life and animals in general nothing should be hurt hunted and killed it's not right !

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By Elizabeth Bohannon on 02-11-17

Must Read!

This is an important story. Susan teaches us about the wonders of cetaceans, their extraordinary brains, their heroic compassion and their horrible treatment by humans. If you care about dolphins, our oceans, or any part if the natural world, read this book! Susan helped me understand how many and varied are the cetaceans tormenters. She, and the brave men and women she profiles in her story, make me want to fight for "non-human rights" too. Thank you, Susan.

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By dc-l on 09-04-16

Stick with it!

As usual with Susan Casey, this is a very comprehensive volume. You need to have patience at times as some of the research takes you into 'marginal' areas but Susan comes good and applies more mature journalist practice to the subject.

Looking forward to her next project.

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By Frankimunk on 04-03-16


Fabulous book, will be re-read many times. Exposes the horrific slaughter of Dolphins by the Japanese in Taiji that are then sold to Marine Parks to live 30+yrs in a concrete pool, horrifying that Human can be soo very cruel to a species that are peaceful, intelligent and fun loving

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