Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Can we adapt to changes as well as nature?

So, can we humans adapt to changes around us as well as nature usually shows us grand shows of how well it is done? Well, I certainly hope so but I'm constantly amazed at examples where we see a dramatic effect to the environment around some creature of our natural world and boom, they know ways to deal with it. Most of us are all aware of the tremendous cold weather that push into 2/3 of the country. I mean, it was 18* last Saturday morning in New Orleans. Yes! And many temperatures in the 20's in the northern half of Florida, where stores ran out of space heaters. But speaking of Florida, that is where my story is taking us today. Manatees are a spectacular mammal of the warm waters and show strong signs of becoming very ill if water temperatures drop below 68*. The story HERE from the Tampa Bay newspaper covers what has happened this week very well. The Manatees are suddenly gathering in a natural spring area where biologists are speechless at the sight, never having see so many of them in the area as this. Why? The warm springs that feed this special place discussed keeps the water at a constant 72*, and with the cold weather the waters have cooled too much in the normal wintering waters for them! I simply love reading and learning about the adaptation of nature. I would bet that the Manatees didn't go into a few decades of arguing over the change (in climate, or "insert your modifying factor here" type of change to an environment), spend billions of dollars arguing over it, and then another decade or two discussing what the solution would be for the problem. I'm guessing they figured it out a lot quicker than that! Every bad doom and gloom problem...there is a bright answer.
Just like every dark gloomy part of a rainbow...has a spectacular bright sunny part to it!


  1. Humans should take some lessons from the manatees. Insteading of having a farce like Copenhagen summit which did not bring in any significant results about climate change, we should learn to adapt to the changing scenario. It will be far less costly and will leave scope for changes at our own levels.
    I like the rainbow in your picture. It is too beautiful.