The Dolphins of Shark Bay
"I gotta get out of bed get a hammer and a nail
Learn how to use my hands"
-- Indigo Girls
"Just as we humans are using tools (for us, a boat and binoculars), this dolphin is too. Some Shark Bay dolphins use a squishy sea sponge to protect their nose (called the rostrum) as they rummage along a channel bottom. When a spongin ...more
The book goes further than the basics of dolphins, to introduce readers to lesser known facts. Did you know dolphins use t ...more
I'm an adult, and I learned so much about dolphins from reading this book! It does a good job of explain ...more
Only possible - if unavoidable - complaint: lot of illustrations here, but they're pretty much all just photos of dolphins. Jump ...more
Rationale: The Dolphins of Shark Bay focuses on the study of dolphins by a group led by a female biologist. This group studies dolphins in their natural environment and discusses the intelligence of dolphins. Similarly One White dolphin is the story of girl who lost her mother, a marine biologist, on a dolphin expedition only to find comfort in finding and nurturing an injured baby dolphin. The book is a dramatic story interwoven w ...more
Length: 80 pgs
Summary: This book is part of the Scientists in the Field series. The setting is Shark Bay in Australia and the author describes the research and observations of Janet Mann and her crew on the Pomboo. She has been studying these dolphins for over 25 years and knows them as well as you know your friends and family.
Recommendations or Comments: This was an interesting book. Not only do you learn about the dolphins themselves, but you also learn about the scientists study ...more
I enjoyed learning the names of the dolphins that lived in Shark Bay, the social structure of dolphin society, mating behavior, parenting, friendships, ...more
I love how many of today's juvenile nonfictions add e ...more
What made this such a fascinating book for me was the discussion of dolphin socialization and the different behaviors exhibited by cliques within the dolphin community in Shark Bay.
Recommended for grades 5-8. Love this series!
Summary: This book follows Pamela S. Turner and her team as they go on an adventure to answer the question “Why are dolphins so smart?”. Turner and her team couldn’t answer their questions without the help of some friendly dolphins of Shark Bay.
Evaluation: This book was so extremely informative. The pictures showed the beautiful creatures that dolphins are. It brought to life just how amazing dolphins are. I liked how the pictures were of the dolphins where they are supposed to be not fro...more
I think this is a great book for older children through adults. Even younger children would probably enjoy looking at all the pictures and having someone read aloud to them from this book. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because some of the "lingo" can be a bit confusing, bu ...more
This is a great book for young independent readers interested in dolphins and/or in becoming biologists. #S ...more
In this Scientists in the Field volume, Turner explores the intelligence of the dolphins that inhabit Shark Bay in Australia. Describing the research and observations of Janet Mann over more than twenty-five years, Turner’s excellent text makes readers feel as if they have arrived in Shark Bay. These dolphins have adapted to their habitat and have le ...more
Junior Book Log: Informational
School Library Journal Starred Review
In this book, author Pamela Turner travels to Shark Bay, which is off the western coast of Australia, with researches to learn about bottlenose dolphins in that area. The researchers have been studying these dolphins for 25 years. Dolphins are the second most intelligent creatures on the planet (second to humans of course). And ...more
* After humans, bottlenose dolphins have the largest brain size in comparison to their body size of any other animal.
* Some bottlenose dolphins at Shark Bay in Australia have learned to use sponges as tools to help them fish. They teach this skill to their children. This is a very rare skill among dolphins.
* Dolphins don't breathe automatically like ...more
The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner and photographs taken by Scott Tuason is all about the different types of dolphins that live in Shark Bay. I learned that there are eight different types of dolphins that live in Shark Bay. There was a lot of information about the dolphins and I learned that Dolphins make mates and they always stick with that mate they make. Shiver and Samu and are two friends that stuck together for 5 years now.
This informational picture boo ...more