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Do fishes imagine? Do they truly have three-second stories? and will they realize the people who peer again at them from above the outside of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting ethologist Jonathan Balcombe addresses those questions and extra, taking us less than the ocean, via streams and estuaries, and to the opposite aspect of the aquarium glass to bare the marvelous features of fishes. even supposing there are greater than thirty thousand species of fish―more than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined―we not often examine how person fishes imagine, consider, and behave. Balcombe upends our assumptions approximately fishes, portraying them now not as unfeeling, dead-eyed feeding machines yet as sentient, acutely aware, social, or even Machiavellian―in different phrases, very similar to us.
What a Fish Knows attracts at the most up-to-date technological know-how to offer a clean examine those awesome creatures in all their breathtaking variety and wonder. Fishes behavior intricate courtship rituals and enhance lifelong bonds with shoalmates. additionally they plan, hunt cooperatively, use instruments, curry desire, mislead each other, and punish wrongdoers. We may perhaps think that fishes lead basic, fleeting lives―a mode of life that boils right down to a spot at the meals chain, rote spawning, and many aimless swimming. yet, as Balcombe demonstrates, in fact a ways richer and extra complicated, precious of the grandest social novel.
Highlighting leap forward discoveries from fish fanatics and scientists all over the world and considering his personal encounters with fishes, Balcombe examines the interesting ability through which fishes learn the areas they inhabit, from shallow tide swimming pools to the inner most reaches of the ocean.
Teeming with insights and fascinating discoveries, What a Fish Knows deals a considerate appraisal of our relations with fishes and conjures up us to take a extra enlightened view of the planet’s more and more imperiled marine existence. What a Fish Knows will perpetually swap how we see our aquatic cousins―the puppy goldfish included.
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