Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The mimetic dolphin

Gordon B. Bauer a1 and Heidi E. Harley a1
a1 Division of Social Sciences, New College of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL 34243; Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL 34236


Rendell and Whitehead note the necessary, complementary relationship between field and laboratory studies in other species, but conclude their article by de-emphasizing the role of laboratory findings in cetacean research. The ambiguity in field studies of cetaceans should argue for greater reliance on the laboratory, which has provided much of the available research supporting the hypothesis of cetacean culture.