1st Edition

Whales and Dolphins Cognition, Culture, Conservation and Human Perceptions

Edited By Philippa Brakes, Mark Peter Simmonds Copyright 2011
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    Whales and dolphins are icons for the conservation movement. They are the most conspicuous ambassadors for entire marine ecosystems and possibly even for the biosphere as a whole. Concurrent with our realisation of impending threats to their environment is a growing scientific understanding of the social and cognitive complexity of many of these species.

    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.

    Foreword.  Acknowledgements.  Contributors.  1. Why Whales, Why Now? Philippa Brakes  Part 1: Whales in Human Cultures.  2. Impressions: Whales and Human Relationships in Myth, Tradition, and Law. Stuart Harrop  3. Whales of the Pacific Viliamu Iese and Cara Miller  4. The Journey Towards Whale Conservation in Latin America. Miguel Iniguez  5. Whales and the USA. Naomi A. Rose, Patricia A. Forkan, Kitty Block, Bernard Unti and E.C.M. Parsons  6. Whales in the Balance: To Touch or To Kill? A View of Caribbean Attitudes towards Whales. Nathalie Ward  7. The British and the Whales. Mark Peter Simmonds  8. Whales in Norway. Siri Martinsen  9. Of Whales, Whaling and Whale Watching in Japan: a Conversation. Jun Morikawa and Erich Hoyt  10. A Contemporary View of the International Whaling Commission. Richard Cowan  Part 2: The Nature of Whales and Dolphins.  11. The Nature of Whales and Dolphins. Liz Slooten  12. Brain Structure and Intelligence in Cetaceans. Lori Marino  13. Communication. Paul Spong  14. Lessons from Dolphins. Toni Frohoff  15. Highly Interactive Behaviour of Inquisitive Dwarf Minke Whales. Alastair Birtles and Arnold Mangott  16. The Cultures of Whales and Dolphins. Hal Whitehead  Part 3: New Insights; New Challenges.  17. Whales and Dolphins on a Rapidly Changing Planet. Mark Peter Simmonds and Philippa Brakes  18. From Conservation to Protection: Charting a New Conservation Ethic for Cetaceans. Philippa Brakes and Claire Bass  19. What is it Like to be a Dolphin? Thomas I. White  20. Thinking Whales and Dolphins. Philippa Brakes and Mark Peter Simmonds  Index.


    Philippa Brakes is a marine biologist, specialising in marine mammal welfare and the ethical issues associated with our interactions with cetaceans and their environments. She has served as an expert on cetacean welfare issues and whaling policy with the New Zealand Government delegation to the International Whaling Commission, as well as serving as an informal adviser to other Government and non-Government delegations; as a lecturer in Zoological Conservation Management; as Marine Advisor to the RSCPA; and as the Curator of a British Zoological Gardens. 

    Mark Peter Simmonds is an environmental scientist specialising in the problems facing marine mammals in the 21st century. He is currently the International Director of Science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.

    "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 Würsig, 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