Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Dolphins Create & Play with Circles of Air

A friend recently showed me a video of Dolphins creating and playing with circular tubes/vortex rings of air (scroll down to see the videos). Often I have posted pictures of designs in nature or designs in time and space whose essence, basis, beauty and function are circular. What a wonder it is to see mammals (other than humans) creating and playing with circles!

Recently I've been thinking how easy it is for humans to disrupt certain circles or cycles of life, via whatever wasteful, toxic or otherwise unsustainable behavior. Despite ALL the ancient wisdom traditions and iconography lauding the circle and despite the eternal presence of the circle at the heart of all Being and Becoming, still we remain overwhelmingly ignorant of and disinterested in learning how to live in a way that is in harmony with the circles and cycles of life all around us. Why does taking care of our environment and other people and other creatures seem to most of humanity to be a laborious chore rather than a natural, playful and enjoyable exercise? Why have both scientific and religious factions of our modern civilization been so keen on transcending, distancing from, and ridiculing ancient traditions that recognized the need to be in tune with the cycles of the Earth and of the Cosmos? How long will we persist in ignoring and teaching our children to ignore the circle of life? 

It is somehow profoundly inspiring to see the Dolphins in the videos below teach each other how to create and play with the circles of air.

Additional Info on Dolphin's Vortex Ring Production from

"Dolphins blow bubble rings, then make them larger or smaller (from about the thickness of a straw to 1 to 2 feet in diameter). The rings stay submerged instead of rising to the surface! Dolphins play with the rings - moving them around with their rostrum, bouncing the rings off a wall, or elongating them with a flick of their dorsal fins into 15 foot spirals.

"Doing all this requires direct and active control of the vortex rings through sound. Otherwise, the rings would rapidly break up and disperse or float to the surface.

"Vortex rings can be formed in water and can contain and transport acoustic energy for long distances rapidly. Such vortexes could account for the tightly focused, powerful sounds the dolphins use."

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