The Dolphin in the Mirror

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-09-20
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Diana Reiss is one of the world's leading experts on dolphin intelligence. In addition, as a dolphin advocate, she is a leading rescuer who helped inspire and served as an adviser for "The Cove." Here, she combines her science and activism to show us just how smart dolphins really are, and why we must stop mistreating them. Readers will be astonished at dolphins' sonar capabilities; at their sophisticated, life-long creativity and playfulness; at their emotional intelligence; and at their ability to communicate with us, and ours with them. Her beloved "mentor" dolphins (as she calls them), each with distinct personalities, create their own toys, use underwater keyboards, tease and scold her playfully, and give us glimpses of their intelligence that often seem very familiar. The Mind in the Mirroris both a scientific revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of the greatest intelligences on the planet.

Table of Contents

Prologue: saving Humphreyp. 1
Minds in the Waterp. 23
First Insightsp. 43
In Search of the Dolphin Rosetta Stonep. 78
Nonterrestrial Thinkersp. 109
The Face in the Mirrorp. 133
Through the Looking Glassp. 148
Cognitive Cousinsp. 168
Reflections on Dolphin Mindsp. 190
Into the Covep. 213
Ending the Long Lonelinessp. 236
Consortium of Marine Scientists and Zoo and Aquarium Professionals Call for an End to the Inhumane Dolphin Drives in Japanp. 258
Notesp. 261
Acknowledgmentsp. 266
Indexp. 268
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There was Shiloh right in front of me, blowing bubbles. I watched as Shiloh quite deliberately

positioned herself horizontally almost on the floor of the pool, and then moved her head upward, a quick jerking motion. At the same instant, she let out a large bubble that instantly formed itself into a perfect, lustrous bubble ring that looked like a silver halo, or even, as someone once observed, a miniature UFO. I

had heard anecdotal accounts of dolphins and whales blowing bubbles under different

circumstances, but I had never before seen it in action. It was a magical moment. Before I’d had a chance to savor it fully, Shiloh blew another bubble ring. This one seemed to be a little smaller than the first, and it traveled upward faster. Within seconds the new ring had met with the first and, in a moment of undulating creativity, coalesced to form a much larger ring. Shiloh had been watching these events very carefully too, and as soon as the two rings became one, she quickly swam vertically

upward and passed through the hoop with an exaggerated flourish.

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