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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.

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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 Dolphin: 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 (Arlington, VA, USA), UN Messenger of Peace (

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