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Souls in the Sea

Dolphins, Whales, and Human Destiny

Scott Taylor


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Dolphins have long been attributed with intelligence, but do they have souls? Self-awareness? Compassion? Scott Taylor, Director of the Cetacean Studies Institute, investigates the history, mythology, and science surrounding these creatures and emerges with a resounding yes. And not only do whales and dolphins merit our attention and respect in their own right: they are an index to what our future as a species can be.

In this multi-faceted cetology compendium, Taylor surveys the portrayal of dolphins and whales in works of literature as disparate as Moby Dick and Sumerian legend, examines biologist John Lilly's research on interspecies communication, and explores the benefits of dolphin-assisted swimming therapy for disabled children and adults. Looking at the world from the perspective of one of these "souls in the sea," Taylor suggests that cetaceans are an ideal bridge between humanity and nature. Poetically written and thoughtfully illustrated with photos and drawings, Souls in the Sea is a comprehensive celebration of the biology, history, and mystique of dolphins and whales.

Praise For Souls in the Sea: Dolphins, Whales, and Human Destiny

"Mr. Taylor is the key person in what I call the Cetacean Nation, a global network of like-minded individuals attempting to bridge the communication gap between humans and cetaceans. His work contributes a wider understanding of humanity, cetacea, and the environment on the edge of the twenty-first century. Scott's continued efforts as educator and catalyst bridge not only the interspecies communication barrier, but the barriers between people."
—Dr. John C. Lilly, author of Man and Dolphin

Frog Books, 9781583940716, 384pp.

Publication Date: February 21, 2003

About the Author

Scott Taylor founded the Australia-based Cetacean Studies Institute, a research and educational organization that coordinates tours, trips to swim with dolphins, therapeutic opportunities, and storytelling adventures. The Institute is also involved in ending global whaling permanently. Scott lives near Byron Bay, Australia with his wife.