Due to my wanderings in London last weekend I have been considering two new professions I would love to do. The first was marine biologist and the second is simply just the humble explorer. Sadly or not – depending on from which angle we look at the events of the era – the age of big discoveries and explorers has gone a few centuries ago. However, marine biology is still there to move into, isn’t it? It is never too late to start afresh and experience something exciting after all. Pity I have problems with small spaces and being crowded with 10 other people for weeks and months on a tiny cockleshell in the middle of the sea. Regardless, to see the research vessel of the Marine Conservation Research International (MCR) was phenomenal.
I was walking near the Tower when I saw the posts guiding to the St Katharine Docks Classic Boat Festival, part of the month-long Totally Thames Festival. I am convinced that in a previous life I had something to do with a boat and distant places. It was so exciting to visit these beauties. And their stories are fascinating too. The fate of many of the boats ‘exhibited’ have been seemingly sealed on a farmyard or in a dock sank half under water when someone noticed them and brought them back to life with long years of work and dedication.
The work the MCR team does is really unique. They are a not-for-profit organization conducting conservation projects on marine habitat and wildlife. They also assess the impact of human activities on our seas and oceans. I was told once that it does not matter what you learn about. What matters is who you learn it from. And that is so true. I wish I had so dedicated and brilliant teachers in my early years at school like the MCR team. Learning about our natural habitat and biology in general could have been so much different and so much more interesting. The team’s enthusiasm is sticky, I so would like to spend some more time with them. As they told me, depending on the year, they spend about six months on the sea in a year observing dolphins, whales and other species of our seas. Have you heard that the whales have accents and regional dialects? They communicate slightly differently according to the region they live in and they can recognize who is ‘speaking’ from their own community based on the sound properties of the ‘codas’ or the patterns of clicks that they make.
How cool it can be to see hundreds of dolphins at once. I can not even imagine how it might feel but I would like to believe that our attitude towards our natural habitat would be entirely different if we experienced things that these researchers do on a daily basis. The view of a whole sea of dolphins for every child and we would be able to turn the destruction we have made around.
I am sorry but an idealist will never give up hope and dreaming.