Dolphin Diaries: My 25 Years with Spotted Dolphins in the Bahamas
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Dolphin Diaries: My 25 Years with Spotted Dolphins in the Bahamas

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Dr. Denise Herzing began her research with a pod of spotted dolphins in the 1980s. Now, almost three decades later, she has forged strong ties with many of these individuals, has witnessed and recorded them feeding, playing, fighting, mating, giving birth and communicating. Dolphin Diaries is an account of Herzing’s research and her surprising findings on wild dolphin beha...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Thomas White
This book is important in three distinct ways. It first shows that in order to do the kind of solid science that lets us understand dolphins, one has to commit to years of difficult, careful, patient research in the wild. Herzing's accomplishment on this score alone elevates her to the same tier as such scientists as Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Cynthia Moss. Second, the book provides an impressive amount of evidence for the richness and complexity of dolphin social life and social intelligence...more
Caroline
This book reads like journal entries compiled into a book. But it lacks the story and arc to pull it off. There are numerous fascinating anecdotes and tidbits scattered throughout, about diving, about biology, about dolphins, about the Bahamas. But I never got a sense of the author, except that she loves dolphins and hates paperwork. I only remember 2 dolphins out of the many she describes, because she tries so hard to be dispassionate, and because her descriptions are so disjointed. She does no...more
Jennifer Nelson
The information about dolphins in the book is worth five stars but the writing barely deserves three. Denise Herzing has some amazing stories to tell about dolphin behavior after spending 25 years with them, and I was quite impressed with her love and commitment to the dolphins. Although an extremely meticulous researcher, she seriously lacks storytelling talent. This book is written in a very repetitious, choppy style and was very hard for me to get through. She also has a tendency to be extrem...more
Shari
I thought this book had a lot of potential but after having it from the library for almost a month and forcing myself to get halfway through it, I finally just gave up. From a subject that has SO MUCH potential -- I just found it very dry and difficult to read. Difficult because of how uninteresting the dolphins seemed from the way this book was written.

I'd love to read a scientist's dolphin journal that was a bit more heavily edited and more structured to actually cover ground in a more interes...more
Jeanne
All I can say is, sign me up for this job. Working in the Bahamas, on a boat all day, in the water frolicking with dolphins every day in the summer, for 25 years. My dream job. The book was packed with interesting information about dolphin life and extraordinary detail of their sex lives. OK so there were a few hurricanes to deal with, but mostly it was a big slice of heaven.
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