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Dolphins of the World (Worldlife Discovery…

Dolphins of the World (Worldlife Discovery Guides)

by Ben Wilson

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As the author notes, dolphins "bear many similarities to sharks but elicit an entirely different response in us." Maybe it's because dolphins don't eat humans--but most sharks don't eat humans either. Maybe it's because of the "dolphin smile," that trick of nature that gives dolphins a friendly countenance. Whatever the reason, many humans love dolphins, and those who do will certainly enjoy Dolphins of the World, written by marine zoologist Ben Wilson. Introductory chapters about the dolphin's evolution, physique, and lifestyle are followed by sections devoted to the three major dolphin classifications: oceanic dolphins like the bottlenose and the clymene; coastal dolphins like the dusky and the Chilean; and river dolphins like the tucuxi and the Irrawaddy. Wilson's writing is learned but not overly dry. He is at his best when he turns to subjects very near his heart, such as dolphin conservation and research. One brief chapter entitled "Getting to Know a Wild Dolphin" recounts his eight-year study of Kess, a dolphin who lived off the northeastern coast of Scotland. Wilson concludes the book with suggestions for further reading and information on how you can support research and conservation efforts. A full-color diagram of 30 of the dolphin species displays their diversity of shape, size, and color--from the reddish-pink boto to the huge, grey Risso's dolphin. Nearly 70 beautiful photos of many of these species accompany the text and help make this handsome book a treat for dolphin fans. --C.B. Delaney

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