Dolphins can use their sonar to detect the difference between pieces of copper and aluminum. Their relatives were hoofed, wolf-like animals that returned to the oceans some 55 million years ago. They have brains that seemed better built for empathy than our own. In short, dolphins are fascinating subjects.
So I was thrilled to be asked to review best-selling author Susan Casey’s new book about them, Voices In the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins for The New York Times Book Review.
In it she travels the world meeting dolphins–captive and wild–and the people who train, study, protect, and, yes, hunt them.
Read the full review here.
And, sure, we might recognize and understand their intellect better than we do octopuses, but I don’t know I’m fully persuaded to leave the cephalopod camp just yet.