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Asha de Vos

Marine Biologist, The University of California Santa Cruz

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Why do you care about blue whales?

As a blue whale researcher, I know why I care about the state blue whales are in today. I spend hours on the water with them and have the privilege of asking and exploring numerous questions. At the same time, i cannot stop marvelling at their immense size, agility, speed and awe-inspiring grace. I know why I care but right now, I just want to know why you care. Looking forward to hearing from lots of you!

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    Nov 17 2012: as a living creature, I suppose I feel some empathy for and interest in all other living creatures. I also think learning about animals and plants helps us to live better as human beings. It helps us to farm them better, use them as food sources. It helps us to empathize, exploit them as little as possible. It gives us new ideas about how to better ourselves, for example if we see dogs have a better sense of smell than us, we might ask ourselves why do they have a better sense of smell? Could we get a better sense of smell too? Also, it simply makes life more interesting, makes us more appreciative of life.

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