Episode 612 Whales, Dolphins, Monkeys

Heidi Pearson is a professor marine biology at the University of Alaska Southeast, where there are lots of whales. She is concerned about them, since they are injured and traumatized by the noises of ships and sonar. She studies dolphins too, and compares them intellectually to other land-based animals – especially primates. One indicator of their intelligence is the existence of brain cells that are known tospecialize in empathy — imagining the experiences and thinking of others.


Heidi Pearson


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