Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Haley Reading Group: Sarah Schweitzer’s “Chasing Bayla”
[Best American Science and Nature Writing]
By Brittany Tuggle
“Chasing Bayla” by Sarah Schweitzer is a harrowing tale about the subsequent deaths of whales caused by fishing ropes. Schweitzer explores the parallel journey between whale and doctor in order to capture the cruelness of the situation. Ultimately, the article relays an important rendering of the migration of right whales and humans (that often leads to whales “getting in the way” of fishing gear) for the purpose of convincing readers to help save the whales.
Schweitzer’s discussion of the horrors that right whales face was especially ensnaring. At one point, Schweitzer notes that “Right whale deaths from entanglement were on track to double between 2000 and 2014…” (235).
After reading the article, what was one point concerning the struggles of right whales that caught your attention? Please note the page numbers.