Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Haley Reading Group: Sarah Schweitzer’s “Chasing Bayla”
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2015)]
Cynthia A. Campbell
Sarah Schweitzer’s article “Chasing Bayla” focuses on the dangers of right whales in their encounters with humans and unsafe fishing practices. Schweitzer highlights scientist Dr. Michael Moore’s quest for ethical treatment of endangered and injured right whales. Ultimately, the article speaks to the intersecting journey of Dr. Moore and Bayla.
Schweitzer’s discussion of Dr. Moore’s struggle to provide medical treatment for right whales was especially enlightening. At one point, Schweitzer notes that “he wanted to sedate a free-swimming whale…to remove ropes entangling it” (237). This point illustrates the desperation and urgency required to treat whales in their natural habitats using necessary extraordinary tactics.
What were you most interested in while reading Schweitzer’s article? Why? Please provide a page number citation.