From Susan Casey, the New York Times best-selling author of The Devil's Teeth and The Wave, a breathtaking look into the mysterious world of dolphins and their conflicted history with man.
Since the dawn of recorded history, humans have felt a kinship with the sleek and beautiful dolphin, an animal whose playfulness, sociability, and intelligence seems like an aquatic mirror of mankind. In recent decades scientists have discovered dolphins recognize themselves in reflections, count, feel despondent, adorn themselves, rescue one another (and humans), deduce, infer, form cliques, throw tantrums, gossip, and scheme. Several native peoples trace their lineages to dolphins. They are the stars of multimillion-dollar aquatic theme parks, money that has fueled a sinister illicit trade as shown in the documentary Blackfish. The US Navy has a secret program using dolphins as undersea soldiers. The theory that they are a superior, extraterrestial species is popular among the New Age fringe. They are the victims of brutal slaughters as depicted in the documentary The Cove. To swim with a dolphin is a transporting experience, an encounter with a being seemingly so like us yet so alien.
No writer is better positioned to portray these magical creatures than Susan Casey, whose combination of personal reporting, intense scientific research, and evocative prose made The Wave and The Devil's Teeth contemporary classics of writing on the oceans. For two years Casey traveled the world, and now she has written a thrilling book about the other intelligent life on the planet.
©2015 Susan Casey (P)2015 Random House Audio
As usual with Susan Casey, this is a very comprehensive volume. You need to have patience at times as some of the research takes you into 'marginal' areas but Susan comes good and applies more mature journalist practice to the subject.
Looking forward to her next project.
Fabulous book, will be re-read many times. Exposes the horrific slaughter of Dolphins by the Japanese in Taiji that are then sold to Marine Parks to live 30+yrs in a concrete pool, horrifying that Human can be soo very cruel to a species that are peaceful, intelligent and fun loving
This is an important story. Susan teaches us about the wonders of cetaceans, their extraordinary brains, their heroic compassion and their horrible treatment by humans. If you care about dolphins, our oceans, or any part if the natural world, read this book! Susan helped me understand how many and varied are the cetaceans tormenters. She, and the brave men and women she profiles in her story, make me want to fight for "non-human rights" too. Thank you, Susan.
"Sad but enlightened"
These creatures have suffered greatly at our hand and continue to do so. May we continue the struggle to protect these wondrous animals.
I learned so much from this book. very knowledgeable and precise. A must read for any human.
The narrator was one of the very best I have heard. She even used accents for the many different foreign voices. And the writing and thinking are wise and eloquent. Maybe one of my favorite books.
What a beautiful read, full of exploration! The ocean is Earths gem & we must protect it.
"A great book"
This is a fantastic book. A must read for all animal lovers. Thank you Susan Casey
"Moving, Insightful, Emotional"
It was an epic journey into the world of cetacean intelligence and the history of interactions between us and them. I loved the straightforwardness and feeling like you were on a journey with Susan.
When she went to Greece; I am personally from Greece and so I could easily visualize her experiences there.
There was definitely emotion reflected in her tenor.
"Life Changing Book"
This book is beautifully written and incredibly compelling. My life and outlook on the ocean will never be the same. The heartbreaking true story is a rallying cry for action. A must read!!
"Definitely NOT touchy feely"
I have enjoyed Susan Casey's previous books, quite a bit actually. I was looking forward to a another excellent book about one of natures most incredible species. However, what I got was a horrifying look at the destruction of an amazing group of animals by a not so amazing species(man). Sorry Susan, way too much negativity here. We are all aware of how stupid humans are and how we love destroying the beauty of our world. I was looking for an uplifting book about how incredible Dolphins are. Very disappointing and how anyone can call this book "touchy feely" is beyond belief
"Too Touchy Feely"
I thought this book was going to be about dolphins. Do not listen without your lava lamp handy.
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