Visual Ecology and Cognition in Cetaceans

  • Joseph R. MobleyJr.
  • David A. Helweg
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 196)


Observations of captive and wild cetaceans provide abundant evidence that vision is an important sensory modality that functions in proximal social and predator/prey interactions, despite the limitations imposed on optic signals in water (Mitchell, 1970, 1972; Otte, 1974; Herman and Tavolga, 1980; Madsen and Herman, 1980). New views of the importance of vision in the life of the dolphin and of the ability to use visual information for carrying out complex cognitive tasks have been advanced by Herman and his colleagues (Madsen & Herman, 1980; Mobley & Herman, 1985; Herman, 1986, 1987; Herman et al., 1989a, 1989b; also see Herman, this volume for an extensive review and analysis of the cognitive data). These new views form the basis for much of the discussion in this chapter.


Marine Mammal Killer Whale Bottlenose Dolphin Terrestrial Mammal Humpback Whale 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph R. MobleyJr.
    • 1
  • David A. Helweg
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Social SciencesUniversity of Hawaii-West OahuPearl CityUSA
  2. 2.Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal LaboratoryHonoluluUSA

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