Even now, the oceans of the world are terra incognita. We’ve explored only 5-10 percent of them on a planet mostly comprised of water. What we’re missing couldsurprise us. This hour, we explore the mysteries of the deep. We’ll hear about the oceans’ oddest creatures and why they matter. Also, hast thou read about the white whale? One writer makes the case for getting off your duff and reading “Moby Dick” already. And, the remarkable minds of dolphins.
Ellen Prager wants you to care about the oceans. She’s a writer and former chief scientist of the Aquarius Reef Base, the world’s only undersea research station. Her latest book is called “Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime." She says we ignore the oceans at our own peril.
According to Nathaniel Philbrick, Melville’s classic “Moby Dick,” will always be worth our time and attention, no matter the age. He makes the case for reading what he calls a kind of "American Bible."
TTBOOK essayist and producer Veronica Rueckert has had her own close encounter with whales, on a first visit to Sea World in San Diego. For Veronica, laying eyes on an orca was stranger than she’d ever imagined.
Diana Reiss directs the Dolphin Research Program at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and is a professor in the Psychology Department at Hunter College. She writes about her findings on dolphin intelligence in the book “Dolphin in the Mirror.”