Dolphin Confidential: Confessions Of A Field Biologist

Paperback | July 11, 2016

byMaddalena Bearzi

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Who hasn’t fantasized about the unique thrill of working among charismatic and clever dolphins in the wild? Now we no longer have to rely solely on our imaginations . With Dolphin Confidential, Maddalena Bearzi invites all of us shore-bound dreamers to join her and travel alongside the dolphins. In this fascinating account, she takes us inside the world of a marine scientist and offers a firsthand understanding of marine mammal behavior, as well as the frustrations, delights, and creativity that make up dolphin research. 

In this intimate narrative, Bearzi recounts her experiences at sea, tracing her own evolution as a woman and a scientist from her earliest travails to her transformation into an advocate for conservation and dolphin protection. These compelling, in-depth descriptions of her fieldwork also present a captivating look into dolphin social behavior and intelligence. The central part of the book is devoted to the metropolitan bottlenose dolphins of California, as Bearzi draws on her extensive experience to offer insights into the daily lives of these creatures—as well as the difficulties involved in collecting the data that transforms hunches into hypotheses and eventually scientific facts. The book closes by addressing the critical environmental and conservation problems facing these magnificent, socially complex, highly intelligent, and emotional beings.  

An honest, down-to-earth analysis of what it means to be a marine biologist in the field today, Dolphin Confidential offers an entertaining, refreshingly candid, and always informative description of life among the dolphins.
 

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Who hasn’t fantasized about the unique thrill of working among charismatic and clever dolphins in the wild? Now we no longer have to rely solely on our imaginations . With Dolphin Confidential, Maddalena Bearzi invites all of us shore-bound dreamers to join her and travel alongside the dolphins. In this fascinating account, she takes u...

Maddalena Bearzi has studied the ecology and conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles for over twenty years. She is founder of the Los Angeles Dolphin Project in California, cofounder of the Ocean Conservation Society, and coauthor of Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:July 11, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780226418605

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Acknowledgments
Part 1            Magical Bonds
                        1          Yucatán
                        2          Among Lizards
                        3          Departure
                        4          Face-to-Face with Dolphins
                        5          Adiós, El Palmar
                        6          Conservation Awakening
Part 2            Metropolitan Dolphins
                        7          California
                        8          Academia
                        9          Cosmopolitan Dolphins
                        10        Party Time!
                        11        Desperately Seeking Dolphins
                        12        Fingerprinted
Part 3            Hard Times
                        13        Invading Their World
                        14        Dolphins Under the Weather
                        15        Vanishing Innocents
Part 4            Learning from Dolphins
                        16        Alike
                        17        Emotional Beings
Epilogue
List of Cetaceans Cited
Suggested Readings
Index

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“This book reveals fascinating incidents in the career of a young woman born in Italy who conducted research on lizards, sea turtles, and dolphins. After immigrating to the US, Bearzi continued her education and research, concentrating on dolphins. Her enthusiastic and engaging account of her research career will be of interest to any young student interested in biology. . . . Highly recommended.”