Inspired by the Sea

"Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new and run headlong down an immutable course. It happened to me on that summer’s day, when my eyes were opened by the sea."

Commenting on his first freedive with goggles at the age of 26

Cousteau Article (Scuba Diving Magazine 1995)
A shipwrecked sailor was struggling in the water. The shore was near, but his strength was almost spent. Suddenly there was a friendly presence in the water - a strong, sleek body that buoyed him, escorted him to shallow water and saved his life.

Stories like this have been told countless times about dolphins and porpoises. Though they seem difficult to believe, their explanations may lie in a simple trait that dolphins share with the majority of animals, including you and me, the instinct to protect the next generation. When a dolphin mother gives birth, her baby is expelled under water. Her first critical act following the birth is to lift her youngster to the surface for its first breath. So powerful is this motherly instinct that female dolphins have pushed other struggling animals, like this sailor, to the surface.

To me this urge to save life is marvelous because the successful replication of life is what makes our water planet such a rich biomass, fertile and prolific, forever generating and nurturing more organisms.



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