We have long assumed that the only names animals possess are the one we have given them, however recent scientific research is offering a different narrative. Increasingly, animal behaviour studies are suggesting that perhaps nonhuman animals have names for each other, thereby destabilising our anthropocentric way of thinking. Bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales and orca are among… Continue reading What’s in a name?: Animal Identity and Identification
“The wolf, as with other animals, is both an active agent and passive slate upon which humans scratch and erase meaning” - Aleksander Pluskowski References to wolves in saga literature are almost always constructed in reference or relation to human characters. In this way, the concept of the literary wolf is undoubtedly shaped in response to… Continue reading The Wolf and the Outlaw in Medieval Iceland
Cetaceans occupy the boundary between the known and the unknown, sharing more in common with our species than most other nonhuman animals and yet inhabiting an entirely different world. They, of course, have no such difficulty in navigating this other realm, the “ephemeral, shifting shoreline or in a buoyant, fluid medium” described by Dallmeyer (2003). They… Continue reading The Songs of Cetaceans
No matter how you see nature now, you’ll never see it the same way again. A daring claim from the Wellcome Collection but not an entirely unfair one. This is not a natural history exhibition in the sense of looking at a particular animal, ecology, behaviour, or evolution. Rather, 'Making Nature: How we see animals' is an… Continue reading Making Nature: How we see animals
This summer, I participated in a CRRU pilot project contributing to long-term studies of the Northeast Atlantic orca population, in an attempt to gain a better understanding of these animals.