we see animals at zoos and marine parks, doing tricks for our enjoyment,
really hard to see them as wild animals. And even though we are told they are
we donít get a full sense of what that means and we as humans may
never be able to.
This trip has made me understand a little bit of what it
means to be wild.
To see sea lions performing for fish in aquariums and then to
see them in the wild,
doing the same thing they have been doing for thousands of
To see sea otters in a tank and then to see them out in the ocean
behaving the way they should be behaving.
We see dolphins and orcas in
aquariums but we donít understand that they are wild animals that have evolved,
fighting to survive. Even simple things such as waves in the ocean stop being
things we can have fun in
but are life sustaining and life taking for many
animals. As human population increases,
it will be more and more difficult to
these animals to stay as wild and untouched as they once were.
This trip has
made me look at a sea gull, an animal I see every day, in a totally different
As it has used the ocean for thousands of years to survive. Humans with
their complex brains
seem to miss out on understanding the simple things, and
with that comes a certain knowledge that
we will never know but yet the animals
will. What Iíve gained from this trip is hard to put into words,
certain it is some of that knowledge that most people canít begin to understand
and will never have a chance to.