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Description - The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin by Kenneth S. Norris

This is an exhaustive scientific natural history of a dolphin species. From their research camp at Kealakeakua Bay in Hawaii, the contributors followed a population of wild spinner dolphins by radiotracking their movements and, with the use of an underwater vessel, observing the details of their underwater social life. The authors begin with a description of the spinner dolphin species, its morphology and systematics. They then examine the ocean environment, the organization of dolphin populations, and the way this school-based society of mammals uses shorelines for rest and instruction of the young. The dolphins' reproductive cycle, their vision, vocation, hearing, breathing and feeding, and the integration of the school are carefully analyzed. The authors conclude with a comprehensive evolutionary analysis of this marine cultural system, with its behavioural flexibility and high levels of co-operation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520082083
ISBN-10: 0520082087
Format: Hardback
Pages: 436
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 11-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kenneth S. Norris

Kenneth S. Norris is Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, co-editor of Dolphin Societies (California, 1990), and author of the award-winning Dolphin Days (1991). Bernd Wursig is Professor of Marine Mammalogy at Texas A & M University, where Melany Wursig is a research associate. Randall S. Wells is a conservation biologist with the Chicago Zoological Society. Shannon M. Brownlee is Senior Editor for Science at U.S. News and World Report. Christine Johnson teaches in the Department of Cognition at the University of California, San Diego. Jody Solow is a doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Cambridge. Jenny Wardrip is a freelance illustrator and a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.