Thursday, May 14, 2009
Dolphin expert and neuroscientist Lori Marino offers up creative new ways for approaching and teaching science in the May issue of the Academic Exchange. An excerpt:
"One day, unexpectedly, I saw a video that changed the direction of my work forever. It was a video of the annual dolphin drive hunts that take place in Taiji, Japan. In these hunts, over several months, thousands of bottlenose dolphins and other small cetaceans are driven into a cove and hacked to death, their meat sold as a delicacy throughout Asia. The water runs red with their blood amidst the screams of juvenile dolphins who watch their mothers being brutally slaughtered.
"In the three minutes that I watched this video, my perspective shifted."