If you’ve ever wondered what the lives of underwater brethren, the fish are like, then do we have the holy mackerel show for you.
Today we’ll be talking with Jonathan Balcombe, director of animal sentience at the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy and the author of four books, including Second Nature, Pleasurable Kingdom, and What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins, a fascinating book I found incredibly hard to put down.
Today we’ll be talking about the inner lives of our underwater cousins, what a fish knows, thinks, feels, and what’s life really like, a few feet, to many fathoms below the sea.
That plus we’ll talk about why Nemo’s dad Marlin, may have really been Marlette, fish and optical illusions, mucus and jolts, carp and Mozart, democracy and robo-fish, ebay rankings for cleaner fish, the super-dad of the sea world, the animal Einstein Olympics, what Yao Ming, Jackie Chan and David Beckham have in common, and why male bulldogs may just want to shorten their EOD’s!
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Jonathan Balcombe was born in England, raised in New Zealand and Canada, and has lived in the United States since 1987.
He has three biology degrees, including a PhD in ethology (the study of animal behavior) from the University of Tennessee, where he studied communication in bats. He has published over 50 scientific papers on animal behavior and animal protection.
Formerly Department Chair for Animal Studies with the Humane Society University, and Senior Research Scientist with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Jonathan is currently Director of Animal Sentience with the Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, in Washington, DC.
In his spare time Jonathan enjoys biking, baking, birdwatching, piano, painting, and trying to understand the squirrels on his deck.
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