As a biology teacher long ago, plant life was hard to get students interested in–until.
Until I could show them fern sperm cells swimming in a drop of dew or a filament of Oscillatoria or diatoms gliding in drop of pond water. Wait! Plants aren’t supposed to MOVE!
Animals are easier to inspire interest, largely because we can watch them behave: they exhibit action, motion, intention.
And now there are new ways to “see” the patterns of motion in animals–especially those animals who tend to move as groups.
I don’t know everything I wish I did about the technology that makes motion-tracing possible, but I know I enjoyed and was mesmerized by this video–especially the last couple of minutes.
It merges the record of individuals and groups of animals in place with time in a way the eye cannot but only the imagination could–until now–make possible.
By all means, click the vimeo clip to watch if full screen with sound.
Let me know your thoughts.