Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond by Toni Frohoff, Brenda Peterson

By Toni Frohoff, Brenda Peterson

Dolphins and people have regularly been interested by one another, and because precedent days the kinship among our species has been celebrated throughout cultures and continents in delusion, paintings, literature, and technological know-how. just recently, although, have we long gone past our personal view of this interspecies connection and all started to invite: What may possibly this bond appear like from the dolphins' point of view? Now, among Species brings jointly for the 1st time eminent scientists and talented writers to assist make clear this exciting query. Edited through flora and fauna researcher Toni Frohoff and nature author Brenda Peterson, the textual content decisions variety from stories of reworking dolphin encounters to perspectives on find out how to safeguard cetaceans and their habitats, and from poems honoring dolphins to provocative reviews of swim-with-the-dolphins courses and acoustic toxins. items contain Diane Ackerman's essay on "deep play" with a wild dolphin; Marc Bekoff's moral questions referring to our intrusion in dolphins' lives; and the overdue Dr. John Lilly's demand a "Cetacean Nation." This groundbreaking anthology not just explores the depths and wonder of the dolphin-human bond yet encourages new generations to appreciate the complexities and obligations inherent in such interspecies kinship.

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1 Right whales Bowhead whale, Balaena mysticetus The IWC recognizes five stocks of this Arctic species. Range-wide abundance is thought to be in the order of 10,000 individuals, with 8200 (7200–9400) in the BeringChukchi-Beaufort Seas (IWC 1996, based on Zeh et al. 1995), at least 350 in Davis Strait-Baffin Bay (Zeh et al. 1993), 284 ± 49 in Hudson Bay-Foxe Basin (Cosens et al. 1997), 100 or less in Svalbard-Barents Sea (Zeh et al. 1993), and 150–200 in the Okhotsk Sea (Zeh et al. 1993). All bowhead populations were severely depleted by commercial whaling, which began in the north-eastern Atlantic in the 1600s.

1996; T. Kasuya, pers. ) and appear to be limited to coastal and shelf waters (Figure 15). Species-level differences have been found in the mitochondrial DNA and cytochrome b gene of the two groups (Dizon et al. 1996; Yoshida and Kato 1999), but unsettled nomenclature has prevented formal recognition of the pygmy form as a separate species (Kato 2002). The strong continuing interest in Japan to resume commercial whaling for Bryde’s whales creates an urgent need for improved understanding of both their systematics and population status.

They tend to be difficult to observe and identify, living as they do in small groups, spending much of their lives diving far below the surface, and sometimes appearing shy of boats. This animal, identified by the photographer as a Cuvier’s beaked whale, approached a stationary vessel in the Flores Sea, north of Komodo National Park, Indonesia, October 2001. Photo: Benjamin Kahn. 20 Disease and exposure to biotoxins Climate change and ozone depletion Recently documented mass die-offs have involved bottlenose dolphins in the North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico (Duignan et al.

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