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The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins by [Whitehead, Hal, Rendell, Luke]
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In the songs and bubble feeding of humpback whales; in young killer whales learning to knock a seal from an ice floe in the same way their mother does; and in the use of sea sponges by the dolphins of Shark Bay, Australia, to protect their beaks while foraging for fish, we find clear examples of the transmission of information among cetaceans. Just as human cultures pass on languages and turns of phrase, tastes in food (and in how it is acquired), and modes of dress, could whales and dolphins have developed a culture of their very own?



Unequivocally: yes. In The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins, cetacean biologists Hal Whitehead, who has spent much of his life on the ocean trying to understand whales, and Luke Rendell, whose research focuses on the evolution of social learning, open an astounding porthole onto the fascinating culture beneath the waves. As Whitehead and Rendell show, cetacean culture and its transmission are shaped by a blend of adaptations, innate sociality, and the unique environment in which whales and dolphins live: a watery world in which a hundred-and-fifty-ton blue whale can move with utter grace, and where the vertical expanse is as vital, and almost as vast, as the horizontal.



Drawing on their own research as well as a scientific literature as immense as the sea—including evolutionary biology, animal behavior, ecology, anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience—Whitehead and Rendell dive into realms both humbling and enlightening as they seek to define what cetacean culture is, why it exists, and what it means for the future of whales and dolphins. And, ultimately, what it means for our future, as well.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18511 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (4 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PNL8X5K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good as a popular scientific review of a new perspective ... 1 May 2017
By Jude - Published on Amazon.com
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Good as a popular scientific review of a new perspective on existing knowledge. Would be interesting if you have a dedicated interest in the topic of whale communication and behavior. Otherwise it will be bland and boring as it has much supporting evidence to it's assertions.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a science book but it is wonderful in its presentation of the premise 23 August 2015
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Yes, this is a science book but it is wonderful in its presentation of the premise. They convinced me that we should start accepting that we are not the only sentient beings on the planet.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting ideas in this book. I still haven't ... 17 September 2016
By andrew moore - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting ideas in this book. I still haven't finished it but it has opened my mind to how much is still to be learned about cetaceans!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" 17 December 2014
By Flip Nicklin - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone interested in Cetacean Culture tis is a must read. This is a meaty book that will be talked about, thought about and dreamed about for years to come. I cannot recommend it strongly enough.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! 4 February 2015
By Ruth S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I just didn't want it to end! Amazing compilation of research and information. ..