What a Fish Knows

The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
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Product Number: Z12371
Released: Jun 07, 2016
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ISBN: #9781501924057
Narrator/s: Graham Winton
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An underwater exploration that overturns myths about fishes and reveals their complex lives, from tool use to social behavior There are more than thirty thousand species of fish--more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. But for all their breathtaking diversity and beauty, we rarely consider how fish think, feel, and behave. In What a Fish Knows, the ethologist Jonathan Balcombe takes us under the sea and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal what fishes can do, how they do it, and why. Introducing the latest revelations in animal behavior and biology, Balcombe upends our assumptions about fish, exposing them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed creatures but as sentient, aware, social--even Machiavellian. They conduct elaborate courtship rituals and develop lifelong bonds with shoal-mates. They also plan, hunt cooperatively, use tools, punish wrongdoers, curry favor, and deceive one another. Fish possess sophisticated senses that rival our own. The reef-dwelling damselfish identifies its brethren by face patterns visible only in ultraviolet light, and some species communicate among themselves in murky waters using electric signals. Highlighting these breakthrough discoveries and others from his own encounters with fish, Balcombe inspires a more enlightened appraisal of marine life. An illuminating journey into the world of underwater science, What a Fish Knows will forever change your view of our aquatic cousins--your pet goldfish included.


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What a Fish Knows
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Product Number:C04424
Product Number:Z12371

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Author(s): Jonathan Balcombe
Narrator(s): Graham Winton
Product Number C04424
Released: Oct 03, 2016
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ISBN: #9781501924040
Author(s): Jonathan Balcombe
Narrator(s): Graham Winton
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Author(s): Jonathan Balcombe
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Professional reviews

"Balcombe offers a comprehensive argument for the sentience of fish. As Graham Winton gives a steady narration, Balcombe argues that fish should be included among the concerns of the burgeoning animal-rights movement and that the continued human slaughter of millions of fish has moral significance. In the process, he offers an extraordinary catalogue of fish behavior expressing complex sensory capacity, intelligence, memory, affection, and loyalty. Winton radiates interest even when conveying relatively obscure bits of fish lore. He seems at home with the names of dozens of fish species and as many scientific concepts. Balcombe does not focus his inquiry on majestic swordfish or sharks. He argues instead from the behavior of the various gobies and minnows commonly used in laboratory experiments. F.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"