The Dolphin in the Mirror: Exploring Dolphin Minds and Saving Dolphin Lives

By Diana Reiss

"One comes clear of Reiss’s booklet agreeing that ‘dolphins are one of the smartest creatures on this planet’ and that they benefit not only our cognizance yet our care and protection."—New York Times

For centuries, people and dolphins have loved a unique dating, obvious not only in mythology and folklore yet in lots of documented encounters. Diana Reiss is among the world’s major specialists on dolphin intelligence, and her a long time of examine and interactions with dolphins have made her a powerful suggest for his or her international safety. In The Dolphin within the Mirror, Reiss combines her technology and activism to teach simply how shrewdpermanent dolphins relatively are and why we needs to safeguard them.

Dolphins are inventive and self-aware, with special personalities and the facility to speak with people. They craft their very own toys, use underwater keyboards, and stay in advanced societies within the seas. And but a few countries proceed to slaughter them indiscriminately. This tale of Reiss’s encounters and learn with dolphins is either a systematic revelation and an emotional eye-opener, revealing one of many maximum intelligences on this planet and exposing our bad mistreatment of the neatest creatures within the sea.

"Reiss has controlled no small feat—synthesizing own event, descriptive fabric, and medical truth . . . No one studying this booklet may be able to stay untouched by way of the sweetness and intelligence of those robust mammals of the sea."—Irene Pepperberg, writer of Alex & Me

"Reiss fills the booklet with such interesting stories and with the technological know-how in the back of them… Reiss is obsessed with her technological know-how, yet she is obsessed with her topics as well."—The Tampa Bay Times

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Hi, Diana, this can be Louie Psihoyos," acknowledged the voice at the mobilephone. i used to be status within the lobby of our residence on Riverside force in long island. a number of months had handed for the reason that I had pleaded my case to Louie in San Diego, and that i had virtually given up desire that whatever could come of it. "Diana, i am in New York," Louie endured. "I'm at JFK airport. i am on my strategy to Japan. we'll do the movie. want me good fortune! " For the 1st time in months, I felt really exhilarated and once more hopeful. I punched the air within the manner children occasionally do whilst they're relatively excited and shouted, "Yes! " Juvenile, i do know, yet that is how I felt. *** The venture on which Louie embarked that day used to be no traditional documentary, for numerous purposes. First, with Jim Clark's fortune* bankrolling the hassle, the ultimate product will be as slick as any Hollywood function movie, whole with lighting tricks. moment, with the fishermen, town council, and the town's police strength on excessive alert to avoid entry to the killing region by means of no matter what potential was once valuable, Louie's group chanced on themselves less than greater than the standard measure of creation pressure. "Four years in the past, via Jim, I met Steven Spielberg," Louie advised an interviewer for indieWIRE before everything of 2009. Louie went directly to say that, because of his adventure with Jaws, the filmmaker had steered him by no means to make a film that required boats or animals, and Louie now had his personal suggestion so as to add to Spielberg's: "Never make a film the place the themes are looking to kill you and you have got to paintings in the midst of the evening to wreck the legislation whereas the police are in your tail. " That were Louie's adventure in making The Cove. The fishermen's decision to avoid Louie from having access to the killing cove was once only one trouble. A moment used to be its fortresslike topography: steep cliffs on 3 aspects and open ocean at the fourth. A staff of military SEALs may were priceless, however the creation workforce did not have that choice. So Louie became to his longtime diving neighbors Mandy-Rae Cruickshank and her husband, Kirk Krack, to swim into the cove, plant underwater cameras and microphones, after which go back undetected, all with no advantage of scuba apparatus. Cruickshank and Krack aren't any usual divers. they're one of the world's most sensible unfastened divers; that's, they dive to nice depths with out utilizing any respiring equipment. Cruickshank is able to diving 300 toes and is ready to carry her breath for so long as six mins, a near-dolphinlike functionality! Louie persuaded his first photograph assistant—the head mildew maker at business mild and Magic, George Lucas's mythical lighting tricks company—to make faux rocks with high-definition cameras and microphones embedded in them. Intrepid workforce individuals, donning camouflage and military-style face paint to elude the ever-vigilant police, put in them at the craggy cliff aspects close to the pinnacle of the cove. (Louie acknowledged that the faux rocks have been so solid that his group had a troublesome time discovering them after the filming was once performed.

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