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.
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.
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.
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.
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.