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The connections human beings really feel to cetaceans differ amongst our private experiences, however they’re additionally highly effective in that variety. In fact, my very own connection to marine mammals has outlined a lot of my life and my profession. I’ve watched sperm whales outsmart fishermen by stealing beneficial halibut simply earlier than the fish will be introduced on board.
I’ve noticed orca mothers instructing their calves to hunt and survive utilizing complicated foraging methods and communication. Humpback whales have circled beneath the water subsequent to our boat solely to emerge on the floor in a wash of bubbles and herring. I’ve learn numerous tales about whales and different cetaceans to my sons, and I’ll always remember the look on their faces after they watched a pod of dolphins bow-riding off the entrance of our boat.
There are many marine scientists that begrudge (considerably subconsciously) the quantity of consideration that whales obtain relative to different necessary marine mammals, fish or invertebrate species. However let’s be trustworthy: whales are superior. And for my part, all of it comes again to that key connection we really feel. Whales deserve our admiration as iconic sentinels of ocean well being and biodiversity. So on World Whale Day and every single day…
Let’s hear it loud and clear for whales in every single place!