Bonding with dolphins.
The relationship between humans and dolphins is at once magnificent and highly problematic. In their new compilation Between Species: Celebrating the Dolphin-Human Bond (Sierra Club Books, $24.95), editors Toni Frohoff and Brenda Peterson explore the kinship and tragedy of the ongoing intermingling of the two species. Beautifully written essays and stories fill this thought-provoking and entertaining book. Having dolphins in the public eye is wonderful for education and conservation, some say, but the commercialization of these creatures has led to cruel exploitation for many in captivity. Jean-Michel Cousteau shares a heart-wrenching story about an agonized beluga whale kept in captivity under a roller coaster in Mexico. Wild dolphins are frequently harassed by boaters and those looking for "spiritual renewal" through swimming with these majestic animals.