Blue Planet United’s co-founder, Monty Hempel, offers a personal account of an underwater close encounter with whales that profoundly altered his worldview twenty years ago. In an article and accompanying short film (see the film trailer below), Hempel recounts two hours of close engagement with seven dwarf minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) in an area known as the Ribbon Reefs, south of Australia’s Lizard Island National Park.
As a result of the encounter, Hempel began to investigate the ways in which the human brain and the cetacean brain process knowledge about their worlds and about each other. Meeting eye-to-eye, 60 feet below the ocean surface, their worlds come together in a riveting experience of natural wonder and intense curiosity. What humans can learn from this fleeting experience may rival a lifetime of learning from classrooms and books!
Link to the article: Eye to Eye with Whales: Environmental Thought in a Divided Brain: Eye-to-Eye with Whales (Hempel Article)