Are Dolphins Really Smart?
The mammal behind the myth
Reviews and Awards
"In this thorough and engaging report on contemporary cetacean science, "Aquatic Mammals" coeditor and dolphin researcher Gregg separates the myths from the realities about these grinning SeaWorld stars." --Booklist
"The title of this book, "Are Dolphins Really Smart?", does not really do justice to the thorough investigation of dolphin behavior that follows... Many animals have specialized cognitive abilities and all, as he says, "lead equally as wondrous and worthy lives"; his carefully constructed exposition leads readers gently to this conclusion... Highly recommended." --Choice
"Eschewing the pervasive and nonscientific popular opinions regarding dolphin intelligence, playfulness, and peacefulness, Gregg instead dissects the scientific literature on dolphin behavior. The picture that emerges is something less flattering than Flipper, but one that serves as both a rigorous litmus test of animal intelligence and a check on human exceptionalism." --The Scientist
"The logic and writing are superb, the flow is easy enough to be read by bright inquisitive teenagers, and yet detailed and insightful enough for seasoned behavioral researchers... Open-minded readers will come away with a heightened understanding of dolphin behaviors and capabilities, and a renewed respect for marvelous animals among all of the marvelous biota around us." --The Quarterly Review of Biology