Christian Long

Romulus Whitaker: The Real Danger Lurking in the Water

In TED Talks on May 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Reflection by KEITH C.

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Romulus Whitaker:  The Real Danger Lurking in the Water

This video was very interesting to me. I think one of the main reasons that it was so intriguing to me personal is because I too was obsessed with all kinds of reptiles and amphibians when I was younger. Romulus Whitaker talks about how he fell in love with snakes. He then describes he pursued his dream in traveling all over the world to study different reptiles. During these studies he became especially interested with the King Cobra.

He then showed a video of a King Cobra gathering leaves to make its nest. One of the amazing things that Romulus points out is that this snake that has no limbs has the ability to use its body to gather a great amount of leaves to build a sufficient nest for its eggs. It just amazes me how this snake can maneuver and twist its body to grab a pile of leaves. When the snake was done it had a huge mound of leaves that you would have never thought a snake could have made.

Later on in the video Romulus described how he was involved in a program that released baby Gharials into the wild to fight the threat of their extension. After releasing these endangered animals into the wild, Romulus began to see Gharials more and more often. Programs like these really give me hope for those animals that are on the verge of becoming extinct and no longer being a species. Romulus talks about how people don’t realize that once a species such as the Gharials become extinct it affects the entire ecosystem of the area.

One thing that I would like to point out individually would be how Romulus presents himself while talking to the audience. One that I am starting to notice as I write about these videos on ted is the way the speakers act while they are presenting. I admire how Romulus is calm and relaxed as he talks. He does not seem to be scarred or nervous in any way. He also doesn’t seem to belittle his audience or talk as if he was on a much higher intellectual then they were. Also when he talks, he makes you feel passionate about the Gharials.


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