The Cultural Lives of Whales and DolphinsBook - 2015
Unequivocally: yes. In The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins , cetacean biologists Hal Whitehead, who has spent much of his life on the ocean trying to understand whales, and Luke Rendell, whose research focuses on the evolution of social learning, open an astounding porthole onto the fascinating culture beneath the waves. As Whitehead and Rendell show, cetacean culture and its transmission are shaped by a blend of adaptations, innate sociality, and the unique environment in which whales and dolphins live: a watery world in which a hundred-and-fifty-ton blue whale can move with utter grace, and where the vertical expanse is as vital, and almost as vast, as the horizontal.
Drawing on their own research as well as a scientific literature as immense as the sea--including evolutionary biology, animal behavior, ecology, anthropology, psychology, and neuroscience--Whitehead and Rendell dive into realms both humbling and enlightening as they seek to define what cetacean culture is, why it exists, and what it means for the future of whales and dolphins. And, ultimately, what it means for our future, as well.
From Library Staff
It's only natural that whales and dolphins, which live such long, social lives, should have culture, right? But here's some evidence you can mull over if you're looking more for something like scientific evidence, or as close as you're ever going to get with something like this.
VaughanPLKarenL Jun 04, 2017
Even if this strikes you as a bit dense at first (both in terms of the content as well as the physically printed text), don't let that deter you from wading through the chapters! I personally don't have much of a science background, but Whitehead & Rendell make the information quite accessibl... Read More »