Sioux Falls Zoologists

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Encounters with Whales & Dolphins for
exploring the minds and communications of whales and dolphins.

Encounters with Whales & Dolphins
Exploring the Cetacean Mind
Through the Vehicle of Communication
By Wade Doak

Encounters with Whales & Dolphins (1988) - 250 pages
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In the waters of this planet dwell cetacean creatures with brains as large and as complex as our own. Yet the capacity of their minds remains one of the world's most elusive mysteries. Their immense power and benign attitude towards humans both intrigue and inspire. Deeper understanding of whales and dolphins can only be on their terms - more than any creature, they have the ability to avoid us, if perturbed. And they cannot be studied in captivity because mutual respect and open endedness are essential.

For the past decade New Zealanders Wade and Jan Doak have devoted themselves to exploring the cetacean mind through the vehicle of communication. With mimetic use of the dolphin suit, music and creative play, they found that dolphins extend their signaling systems to humans. The Doaks' Project Interlock network linked them with people all over the globe who have had complex exchanges with cetaceans. They researched the histories of 30 solitary dolphins that have sought human companionship for prolonged periods. They discovered remote and special dolphin tribes in close rapport with humans in the Bahamas, Brazil, and Australia. Amazingly they found whales just as ready to communicate: mighty humpbacks are sensitive to interaction with humans, mother grey whales present their babies to be stroked, and wild Orcas seek to establish trust by gently mouthing human limbs.

Encounters with Whales and Dolphins is the sequel to the author's earlier best-selling work Dolphin Dolphin and, although scientifically based, is written in a style which will appeal to all ages and serve as a valuable introduction to the understanding and preservation of ocean tribes with whom we share the earth.

Wade Doak was born in Canterbury in 1940. His first diving experiences prompted him to write The Elingamite and its Treasure in 1969. Since then he has concentrated on exploring beneath New Zealand waters, observing marine life and recording it in photographs. These activities have resulted in three books, Beneath New Zealand Seas, Fishes of the New Zealand Region, and The Cliff Dwellers.

He has been on two major South Seas underwater and anthropological research expeditions, described in his books Sharks and Other Ancestors and Islands of Survival.

Since 1975 Wade and his wife, Jan, have devoted their time to communications with dolphins in the wild. The excitement and wonder of these initial encounters are captured in Dolphin Dolphin.

In 1984 Wade Doak produced his first historical study, The Burning of the Boyd, a fascinating saga of culture clash in early New Zealand. His diving autobiography, entitled Ocean Planet, was also published in 1984.

In recent years he has attended international cetacean conferences in the Unite States and Australia, and has established Project Interlock, a global network concerned with the needs of whales and dolphins.

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Encounters With Whales & Dolphins
Exploring the Cetacean Mind
Through the Vehicle of Communication
By Wade Doak

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse Encounters with Whales & Dolphins for
exploring the minds and communications of whales and dolphins.