Perfection in a dolphin’s tail

Common dolphin

This dolphin photo is probably my best, hence the reason it’s the wallpaper on my computer. So I end up spending a lot of time with this common dolphin, wondering how an unidentified piece of string is stuck to its head when its swimming so fast. And where is this dolphin now? What is it doing?

Then inevitably, my eyes drift to the tail. Dolphins are amazingly streamlined, with bodies designed for swift swimming and fish finding. But the tail is particularly perfect, the way it curves down to a point on each side, then curves back in to meet at a notch in the middle.

The craftsmanship in a dolphin’s tail is hard to top and makes me feel philosophical. To me, it’s just another example of how nature is queen and has already thought of everything. We humans could learn a thing or two from studying the world around us. Especially if we study other species that have found a way to live in harmony with their environment; it seems like a much better way to live, not to mention much more sustainable.


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