The Dolphins of Shark Bay

The Dolphins of Shark Bay Ride alongside the author Pamela S Turner and her scientific team and meet a cast of dolphin characters large enough and charismatic enough to rival a Shakespearean play Puck Piccolo Flute and Dodg

  • Title: The Dolphins of Shark Bay
  • Author: Pamela S. Turner Scott Tuason
  • ISBN: 9780547716381
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ride alongside the author Pamela S Turner and her scientific team and meet a cast of dolphin characters large enough and charismatic enough to rival a Shakespearean play Puck, Piccolo, Flute, and Dodger among them You will fall in love with this crew, both human and finned, as they seek to answer the question just why are dolphins so smart And what does their behavioRide alongside the author Pamela S Turner and her scientific team and meet a cast of dolphin characters large enough and charismatic enough to rival a Shakespearean play Puck, Piccolo, Flute, and Dodger among them You will fall in love with this crew, both human and finned, as they seek to answer the question just why are dolphins so smart And what does their behavior tell us about human intelligence, captive animals, and the future of the ocean Beautiful photos of dolphins in their natural habitat and a funny, friendly, and fast paced text make this another winner in the Scientists in the Field series Pair this with other intriguing stories of real world science, at sciencemeetsadventure.

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    1. After finishing this book, I felt like I'd taken a trip to the east coast of Australia! Turner accompanies scientist Janet Mann and her team as they research bottlenose dolphins in Shark Bay. The book grabbed me right from the beginning when I learned that some of these dolphins, almost always female, have discovered that they can use a sponge to probe the ocean floor for fish to eat, thereby protecting their noses from injury by the rough coral and rocks. Dolphins using tools! I learned that do [...]

    2. Richie's Picks: THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY (SCIENTISTS IN THE FIELD) by Pamela S. Turner and Scott Tuason, photo Houghton Mifflin, November 2013, 80p ISBN: 978-0-547-71638-1 "I gotta get out of bed get a hammer and a nailLearn 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 sponging do [...]

    3. In this Scientists in the Field series book, author Pamela S. Turner gives readers a look at the life of a dolphin scientist and her team off the western coast of Australia. Cruising on the bay, these researchers ask questions, form hypotheses, and design ways to get answers to big questions such as: why are dolphins smart? why do dolphins play? how do dolphins live and die? The book goes further than the basics of dolphins, to introduce readers to lesser known facts. Did you know dolphins use t [...]

    4. Part of the Scientists in the Field nonfiction series, this book examines a pack of dolphins who live in Monkey Mia, Australia. These dolphins are especially of note because they have learned to use tools. Like the other Scientists books, there is background given on the researching scientist, and there is a rough storyline, though each chapter explores a different area of the subjects' lives.I'm an adult, and I learned so much about dolphins from reading this book! It does a good job of explain [...]

    5. Twin Text: One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis (copyright June 2012).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 [...]

    6. Age: 10-14 yrsLength: 80 pgsSummary: 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 [...]

    7. In this Scientists in the Field book, author Pamela S. Turner follows scientist Janet Mann as she researches the dolphins around Monkey Mia, a part of Shark Bay in Western Australia. Shark Bay seems to have conditions ideal for dolphins, and so there are many wild dolphins here. Janet and her team have found something unique to the dolphins do Shark Bay; some of them use tools! Discussions of the use of sponges as tools, as well as other dolphin behavior are deftly woven into the story of Turner [...]

    8. The books in the Scientists in the Field series are almost always informative and well written, and this latest addition does not disappoint. Filled with colorful photographs and sparkling text that draw readers into the topic, the book focuses on dolphins living in Shark Bay, Australia. These dolphins use sponges as tools to aid them in gathering fish to ear, and have been the focus of study by scientist Janet Mann and her research team. The book's author follows Mann and her crew as they obser [...]

    9. I feel like some of the content may be even too advanced for school age children, which is the intended audience. That being said, this is amazing. I studied animal behavior in college and LOVED that class, and was blown away by the skills that the dolphins had learned over generations. The dolphins used TOOLS to forage. TOOLS!! How cool is that? I enjoyed learning the names of the dolphins that lived in Shark Bay, the social structure of dolphin society, mating behavior, parenting, friendships, [...]

    10. Excellent nonfiction read. The author gave facts, described research, and made the subject interesting for just about anyone. The photos were not only excellent, by also matched well with the text. For example, the opening paragraph of the book described a scientist standing on the dashboard of her boat with her toes gripping the steering wheel. For anyone uncertain how to visualize that, there is a nice, big picture showing that exact setup. I love how many of today's juvenile nonfictions add e [...]

    11. The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner with photographs by Scott Tuason - I absolutely loved getting lost in this book. I adore dolphins. Learning about dolphins and their innovations was incredible. Loved how research was developed and described in this book. Interesting to learn about the concept of culture within dolphin groups. Additionally appreciated how the book addressed people’s influence on the dolphin communities and how some research and evidence helped a government protect [...]

    12. The Dolphins of Shark Bay is another fine entry in the Scientists in the Field series. Telling the story of dolphin researchers in a remote Australian cove, Turner explores their world in a fascinating way. I love the way the author injected her voice into the narrative. Narrative nonfiction needs that assertive voice in order for it to work and Turner has it in spades. When she called one of the dolphins a jerk because of his behavior, I "HA"ed on the subway to the horror of the older woman sit [...]

    13. This book gives readers a day-in-the-life experience of a dolphin researcher. Dolphin intelligence is examined and explained and much focus and study is devoted to tool use. 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!

    14. Fascinating! Who would have guessed that animals without hands would be tool-users? Turner's writing is as wonderful as the subject and the photographs are amazing. Challenging, funny and completely engaging, this is another in the stellar Scientist in the Field series.

    15. Stellar book about dolphins and what and how we can learn from them. Highlights include the complex relationships between individual dolphins. Highly recommended to middle grade readers and up.

    16. Another sterling entry in this series. This one's a bit more relaxed and conversational but no less rich in science. Spectacular photos on each page. End notes with more information. Must purchase.

    17. 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 from [...]

    18. A very impressive account based on time the author spent with dolphin researchers at Monkey Mia (Australia). Includes personal stories about the researchers, and information about the dolphins derived from scientific studies. Terrific photos help to introduce the characters described - both animal and human- and build the feel of what it's like to be in this very special place in Australia.This is a great book for young independent readers interested in dolphins and/or in becoming biologists. #S [...]

    19. This is a really interesting and informative book with lots of great pictures. I was drawn to it because I love dolphins and the cover, which features a photo of a dolphin in shallow water, is bright and colorful.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 [...]

    20. My 6 year old really likes this book. As mom reading aloud to her, I found the journal-ish format a little difficult and not very smooth reading. We would often skip around and read more about what was happening in the photos.

    21. Turner, P. (2013). The dolphins of Shark Bay. (Photos by S. Tuason). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 80 pp. ISBN: 978-0-547-71638-1. (Hardcover); $18.99. 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 [...]

    22. Turner, Pamela S. (2013) The Dolphins of Shark Bay. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children: New York, NY. Junior Book Log: InformationalSchool 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 [...]

    23. The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela S. Turner main message is how much humans underestimated the intelligence of Dolphins. Pamela Turner's aspect on life isn that maybe humans are one of the smartest creatures nonetheless, dolphins are not far behind. Some of the main characters are a dolphin crew lead by Pamela Turner and other dolphins such as Puck, Dodger, Piccolo, and Flute. Pamela Turner and friend explore the world of dolphins where they meet a extremely smart group of dolphins that have d [...]

    24. As with many in the Scientists in the Field series, this was superb. The photography was excellent, the text was fascinating, and don't miss the affectionate afterword buried after the acknowledgments in the back after you finish the book! The big question the scientist, Janet Mann, had, was stipulated, dolphins are next to humans in intelligence but WHY are they so intelligent? Brain cells take a lot more energy than other cells so there is extra effort needed to nourish those cells. While expl [...]

    25. I learn so much when I read these Scientists in the Field books! Here are just a few of the things I learned about dolphins while reading this book:* 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 [...]

    26. I enjoy reading nonfiction with a true narrative. The Dolphins of Shark Bay has personality. This nonfiction book for young readers presents research about bottlenose dolphins in Australia's Shark Bay. But. It is done with great enthusiasm. There are plenty of general facts included, of course, about dolphins: female dolphins, male dolphins, dolphin calves, the general socialization, the mating of dolphins, various things putting the dolphins at risk, etc. But the reason why this one is oh-so-co [...]

    27. The Dolphins of Shark BayThe 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 [...]

    28. Travel to Shark Bay, Australia and meet the many, many dolphins who call the area home and scientist Janet Mann who has been studying them for decades. With Janet as a guide, readers will learn all about dolphins' social interactions and innovative hunting methods that highlight their high intelligence.I liked how this book highlighted how scientists do different types of observations to get a better picture of typical practices. I also liked the way it pointed out how feeding wild animals can d [...]

    29. Janet Mann and her research team take readers to Western Australia where they learn about how the intelligent dolphins of Shark Bay have developed innovative ways to survive. I loved this book. I felt that the author did a great job of making the language easy for younger readers to read and understand. I also liked that each dolphin that they talked about had a name and the author described their personalities, so readers were able to get to know each dolphin and their family members. I think t [...]

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