Whiskers are also known as vibrissa, from the latin vibrare "to vibrate". Vibrissa are the specialized hairs on mammals and the bristlelike feathers near the mouths of many birds. Their resonant design is symbolic of the energies, good and bad, that are reverberating throughout the natural world. Every living thing is connected and, by birthright, deserves to exist.
I have loved water all my life. It seems all babies do. I was no exception when, as a toddler, I ignored my mother’s warning and jumped into the deep end of a pool. I recall the reflection of sun’s light shimmering in the blue depths and thinking how peaceful it seemed down there. I wanted to be there. As I sunk to the bottom, I was aware that I could not breathe and had no strategy to return to open air, but I wasn’t scared. The silence seemed natural. It was calming. I genuinely did not understand what all the poolside fuss was about after the lifeguard so rudely snatched me from my Zen moment of being one with my ancestral neighbors and relatives.
My early childhood also included many hours either on a lake bank or in a boat with my Pop, who loved to fish for Largemouth Bass. And we both loved to eat them. While fish are a food source for millions of humans, they are much more than that. This month, I will be writing about important conservation topics that affect fishes all over the globe. But first, here are some basic fish facts.
The purpose of The Whisker Chronicles is never to persuade anyone on issues of evolution or to stir debate on the topic. But the appearance of a connection between humans to water dwelling animals is pretty compelling. I choose to believe that connection…..that instinct, is what drove me to “jump” as a toddler and continues to drive my amphibious tendencies. According to this video, I am not alone.