The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin by Kenneth S. NorrisThe Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin by Kenneth S. Norris

The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin

byKenneth S. Norris, Bernd Wursig, Randall S. Wells

Hardcover | August 30, 1994

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Twenty years in the making by a distinguished dolphin expert and his associates, The Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin is the first comprehensive scientific natural history of a dolphin species ever written. From their research camp at Kealakeakua Bay in Hawaii, these scientists followed a population of wild spinner dolphins by radiotracking their movements and, with the use of a windowed 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, and 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, vocalization, 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 behavioral flexibility and high levels of cooperation.

This absorbing book is the richest source available of new scientific insights about the lives of wild dophins and how their societies evolved at sea.
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 Würsig is Professor of Marine Mammalogy at Texas A & M University, where Melany Würsig is a research associate. Randall S. Wells is...
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Title:The Hawaiian Spinner DolphinFormat:HardcoverDimensions:436 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:August 30, 1994Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520082087

ISBN - 13:9780520082083

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This absorbing book is the first comprehensive scientific natural history of a dolphin species ever written. From their research camp at Kealake'akua Bay in Hawaii, the authors followed a population of wild spinner dolphins for more than twenty years. They observed marked animals by ship, by air, from a cliffside observation post, by radiotracking their movements, and by studying the details of their underwater social life with the use of a windowed underwater vessel. Beginning with a description of the spinner dolphin species, including its morphology and systematics, the book examines the ocean environment and organization of dolphin populations and the way this school-based society of mammals uses shorelines for rest and instruction of the young. An analysis of the dolphins' reproductive patterns, which resemble those of other group-dwelling mammals such as certain primates, suggests a fission-fusion society. Vision, vocalization, hearing, breathing, feeding, predation, integration of the school, and school movement are all examined to give the fullest picture