Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Blatant Advert: Whales and Dophins of the World: CCC and HP

The Kindle version of Whales and Dolphins of the World: Cognition, Culture, Conservation and Human Perceptions edited by Philippa Brakes and Mark Simmonds is now available.

Link HERE to find it on Amazon.

This book brings together experts in the relevant diverse fields of cetacean research, to provide authoritative descriptions of our current knowledge of the complex behaviour and social organization of whales and dolphins. The authors consider this new information in the context of how different human cultures from around the world view cetaceans and their protection, including attitudes to whaling. They show how new information on issues such as cetacean intelligence, culture and the ability to suffer, warrants a significant shift in global perceptions of this group of animals and how these changes might be facilitated to improve conservation and welfare approaches.


1. Why Whales, Why Now?

Whales in Human Cultures
2. Impressions: Whales and Human Relationships in Myth, Tradition, and Law
3. Whales of the Pacific
4. Whales in Latin America
5. Whales and the USA
6. Whales in the Balance: To Touch or To Kill? A View of Caribbean Attitudes toward Whales
7. The British and the Whales
8. Whales in Norway
9. Of Whales, Whaling and Whale Watching in Japan: a Conversation
10. A Contemporary View of the International Whaling Commission

The Nature of Whales and Dolphins
11. The Nature of Whales and Dolphins
12. Brain Structure and Intelligence in Cetaceans
13. Communication
14. Lessons from Dolphins
15. Highly Interactive Behaviour of Inquisitive Dwarf Minke Whales.
16. The Cultures of Whales and Dolphins

Part III
New Insights; New Challenges
17. Whales and Dolphins on a Rapidly Changing Planet
18. From Conservation to Protection: Charting a New Conservation Ethic for Cetaceans
19. What is it Like to be a Dolphin?
20. Thinking Whales and Dolphins
21. Acknowledgements
22. Authors’ Biographies


"Whales and Dolphins: Cognition, Culture, Conservation and Human Perceptions is a very important book. It makes a compelling case for scientists, conservationists and animal welfare groups to combine to develop a new approach to the conservation of cetaceans." – Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute (www.janegoodall.org), UN Messenger of Peace

"I will be making several chapters required reading for my upper level undergraduate course in Cetacean Behavior and Behavioral Ecology." - Burnd Wursig, Texas A&M University, in Marine Mammal Science (April 2013)

"This book makes persuasive arguments for the uniqueness of whales and dolphins, and for their conservation. It will make compelling reading for anyone with an interest in these creatures." –  Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

And here two rare images of editors Brakes and Simmonds in the same place at the same time:

Stalking sealions in Sandfly Bay

Brakes is on the left.

(Thanks Ann for the images.)

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