SeaCreatures or SeaFood?

When we marvel at the beauty and revel in the intricate lives of the oceans’ life it may be easier for us to want to discover more about it. With information, understanding is more likely to develop, and with understanding, respect is more likely to follow.

Words are expressions of our feelings and thoughts. Often several words can be used to describe the same thing, but the words themselves give away the sentiment of the speaker.

What words accompany a feeling of respect for and recognition of the intrinsic value of life in the seas and what words describe thoughts and feelings that are disrespectful to these forms of life?

Here is a list of words and phrases that describe sea creatures and their life.

Schools of thousands of individual fish, forests of sturdy mature mangrove trees that cradle the young of many varieties of sea life, alive sea creatures darting, burrowing, swimming leisurely or powerfully or gracefully about, streamlined and sleek, colourful and inquisitive, hungry, a sleeping parrot fish cocooned in its mucus bubble bed.

sea foodHere is another list of words and phrases that describe sea creatures and their life.

Fish stocks, mangroves that are the nurseries of commercial stocks, the live lobster market, cooked prawns, green prawns, the shellfish industry, tuna steaks, nets, hooks, satellite tracking equipment, bycatch.

When you read the two lists what feelings, thoughts, images or pictures in your mind did you have?

What attitudes towards sea creatures do you think each list reflects?

Which list could you relate to?

When we marvel at the beauty and revel in the intricate lives of the oceans’ life it may be easier for us to want to discover more about it. With information, understanding is more likely to develop, and with understanding, respect is more likely to follow.

Sadly when we think of sea life as a commodity it can make it quite difficult for us to feel respect and compassion for all sea creatures.

Do you feel more comfortable with the feelings and thoughts associated with the language of sea creatures or the language of seafood?

What you have in your mind?