With new understanding, dolphins, dogs, and other species may someday soon be able to clearly communicate to humans, and we may be able to communicate clearly back, in common languages that we create together.
Successfully working with animals--any kind of animal--is all about forming relationships based on trust. It's about communicating clearly and building skills incrementally, setting rules and boundaries, and rewarding good behavior.
Scientific knowledge should inform ethical attitudes. Facts can and should alter our behavior. And yet, given the incontrovertible fact of cetacean intelligence and consciousness, these drive hunts persist, day after day, year after year.
What if you could spend your summers swimming with dolphins in turquoise seas? Behavioral biologist Denise Herzing does just that. In this beautiful video, meet some of the dolphins she's befriended along the way.
If we abandon the old paradigm that we are intrinsically different and superior to all other life forms, it's possible to look at animals with greater respect and, like Denise Herzing, start working towards decoding their language.
Visitors to the city almost always find their way to the Inner Harbor to stroll, dine and cruise along the waterfront. Recently, two innovative programs at the Inner Harbor have made it possible to explore the waterfront in a whole new way -- by spending the night under the water.
This is definitely a good news/bad news story, another example of what happens when people and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) encounter one another. The fact is, it nearly always works out in the humans' favor.
Members of a small nation with the hearts of a lion are standing up to big oil in order to protect fish, and their fishing way of life.
They look creepy and slimy enough, as though they are sucking the blood of their host, but remoras are not giant leeches - it turns out that while not entirely benign, remoras do little harm to their hosts in normal circumstances.
He shows environmental education films during the day to schoolchildren, and in the evenings in remote rural villages where there is no electricity, no plumbing and many people have no exposure to film of any kind.