Citizen Scientists

Finding out that the South African coast has the most diverse collection of cetacean species was surprisingly not shocking. With the humans having more than 11 languages and increasingly displaying tendencies to mix and mingle cross-culturally, one has to wonder whether it’s something in the water…

In this case, it is. The evolutionary process is a fascinating one and regardless of doctrines preaching the existence of species as static, we have the cetacean spectrum to document and hopefully understand in more depth as we evolve our own ideas about our world on this magnificent planet. When the single-celled paramecium began moving about, a chain of events lead to us, desiring knowledge for the sake of knowledge. Now, millions of years later, we observe the effects of thousands of years of self-discovery. Thankfully, we haven’t lost our initial curiosity but still push boundaries to achieve our desires. Namely, the desire to know.

Climate change is a topic that’s been debated by countries and schools but is it is a household term yet? Understandably, it isn’t. For many of us “climate change” is just something people in important sounding jobs throw around. The “realness” of climate change just doesn’t exist for many of my generation. However, we know it is real and we know that the most we can do is prepare future generations for what might come.

With this in mind, we feel that Carl Sagan would be smiling down from heaven if he saw schools and other learning institutions actively seeking to raise Citizen Scientists.

Mapping dolphin distribution using Citizen Science –


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