Document Title

Eye-to-Eye with Whales: Environmental Thought in a Divided Brain

Department/School

Environmental Studies

Abstract

Perhaps the most important source of experiential learning in my life has been the underwater encounters I've had with marine life during more than 50 years of scuba diving in oceans and seas around the world. I have spent nearly a thousand hours submerged while observing coral reef ecosystems. Among the many encounters with wildlife, none has been more influential on my thinking than the chance meetings with marine mammals, especially cetaceans, especially inquisitive whales. One encounter stands apart from all others: It happened near the Great Barrier Reef in the 1990s, during two hours of close engagement with seven dwarf minke whales (Balaenopteraacutor-ostrata) in an area known as the Ribbon Reefs, south of Lizard Island National Park.

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Sustainability: The Journal of Record

Publication Date

8-1-2018

Volume

11

Issue

4

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1089/sus.2018.29135.mh

Document Version

Publisher's version

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