Cetaceans and Humanity

What is Cetaceans?

Cetacean is one of the groups of marine mammals. Just like other mammals, marine mammals have similar characteristics such as covered in hair/fur, breathe air through lungs, warm-blooded, nurture their young with milk produced by mammary glands. In addition to those characteristics, marine mammals have adapted to live in the ocean because they rely heavily on the marine ecosystems for their existence.

Cetaceans are completely aquatic, and they cannot survive on land. They have two front flippers, and their tails are uniquely shaped into flukes, which provide tremendous swimming power. Examples of cetaceans are dolphins, porpoises, and whales.

Cetaceans in captivity

You probably have heard about the controversy of keeping cetaceans in captivity. Due to cetaceans’ intelligence, many people believe that they shouldn’t be kept in captivity. Some even believe that marine mammals can commit suicide, a statement which leads to another controversial discussion. But how true is the statement? According to Dr. Ann Weaver, an animal behaviorist and dolphin researcher, animals can get depressed but there is a powerful survival instinct that prevents them from killing themselves. According to her the continuum from melancholy to the blues to depression to despondency to the step to despair, which is a tipping point in suicide, is uniquely human.
On another hand, Dr. Lori Marino – a neuroscientist and expert in animal behavior and intelligence, believes that humans and dolphins share emotions, that they are more alike than different. “I think the idea that other animals can’t commit suicide because they are hardwired to live is very old fashioned. Basically it says that we are aware of what we are doing and other animals are just driven by this hardwired red in tooth and claw to survive and there is no evidence for that.”
Dr. Lori is internationally known for her work on the evolution of the brain and intelligence in dolphins and whales. She showed a human brain and a dolphin brain and explains how evolved they both are. Such big brains indicate a high level of cognitive processes. Suicide in animals is a provocative inquiry and scientists agree it requires more research.
Speaking of research, to provide and sustain a high momentum of research in marine mammal medicine, there is a need for advance conservation, increased research, more skilled scientists and sufficient financial support to improve the benefits of marine mammal medicine to man. How do humanity benefits from marine mammal medicine?

Cetaceans and human survival

Cetaceans and other marine mammals are sentinels of changes in the oceans and public health. Pollution in the sea and overfishing of seafood resources affects these organisms just as much as it affects human beings. Due to their prime position within the food web, marine mammals therefore have the ability to bioaccumulate pollutants and anthropogenic toxic compounds in the marine environment through a process called bio-magnification. Their long lifespans and unique blubber (fat reserves) have high ability to store toxic compounds. In summary, these compounds progressively move through the food chain and increase in amounts each time they enter a new trophic level, which means that by the time they reach the top (i.e., in marine mammals), their concentrations are generally quite high. Thus they are indicators of change in the marine environment and sentinels for public health and the health of our oceans.
Studies on the presence and levels of organic contaminants in marine mammals essentially provide us with a means to assess the potential risks and exposures to our species. A recent ecotoxicological study on a species of coastal dolphin in Brazil showed that octocrylene/OCT, an ultraviolet filtering agent found in sunscreen products, was detected in high concentrations in the dolphins’ livers. Another study shows that in the southeastern estuarine waters of the United States of America, two dolphin populations were found to carry a high load of chlorinated pesticides and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), amongst other organic contaminants, at levels that have reported adverse effects on wildlife and humans.
If dolphins are accumulating toxic compounds in their bodies from the fish they are eating, which for the most part is also the fish that we eat, we may also consume the same toxins. In other words, from public health and food security point of view, if contaminants are accumulated in the bodies of marine mammals, and marine mammal populations around the world are declining due to a lack of food resources, then it is a bad sign for our species’ viability.
Thomas Goetz, an American public health practitioner, stated that “Better health is not a science problem, it’s an information problem”. For the lack of information dissemination to the general public on the actual state of our marine environment and how it is ultimately linked to our overall welfare, one cannot expect the general public to be aware and want to care about the environment.

Last words, do you think keeping cetaceans in captivity is necessary? Is there a need to keep them for research and educational purpose? While it is better to let the wildlife live in the wild, due to pollution the ocean water may have become toxic for cetaceans. However, there are still some sanctuaries left in this world that provide a safe home for them. More info here.


What’s Bahasa?

Have you ever heard of Bahasa? In my language, bahasa simply means language, however many people refer Bahasa as Indonesian language, which is called bahasa Indonesia in Indonesian. Some people confuse bahasa Indonesia and bahasa Malay which is spoken in Malaysia. But what is the difference between the two languages?
Apart from Indonesian language, did you know that Indonesia have hundreds of different tribes and each tribe has their own traditional language? Have you ever thought of how many languages are spoken here in Indonesia?
Find out the answers at knowledgebeatsignorance.com. See you there 🙂


The bee riddles

Hello there! Now it’s fun time for some bee related riddles. Ready?





  • What do you get if you cross a bee and a rabbit?
    Answer: A honey bunny.
  • What do bees do with their honey?
    Answer: They cell it.
  • What did the mother bee say to the baby bee?
    Answer: Beehive yourself please!
  • What is more impressive than a talking dog?
    Answer: A spelling bee.
  • What did the bee say when she was invited to the party?
    For the answer, please stay tuned at knowledgebeatsignorance.com’s YouTube channel to find out!

New articles and videos coming soon!

I haven’t really posted anything for awhile now, but I’m glad to inform that my articles and videos will soon be available at knowledgebeatsignorance.com! The website is pretty eclectic, and one of the topics they will talk about is (of course) animals and wildlife! It’s not yet live but I’m excited to see my published articles and videos there.

According to their YouTube channel:

This channel has a multidisciplinary approach. It is pretty eclectic. Its main function is to promote the knowledgebeatsignorance.com website. NB, This website is not yet live. We intend to explore the Sciences, social sciences and the humanities, science of learning, mnemonics, memory training, fitness, fashion, languages and communication, animal communication, language learning, law, jurisprudence, international relations, the Commonwealth of Nations, medical science, dance, dogs, meditation, concentration and contemplation, and other things under the sun. Other things far away from the sun e.g. Tabby’s Star or that star’s official name, KIC 8462852.

For someone with a broad range of interests like me (vet med, marine life, surfing, diving, archery, astronomy, calligraphy, cooking, music, human psychology, and many more) it would be a good website to explore. Sounds interesting? I agree!


What is BodyTalk?

What is BodyTalk?

BodyTalk is a simple and effective holistic therapy that allows your body’s energy systems to be re-synchronized so they can operate as nature intended. Every cell in our bodies has natural ability to heal itself but due to pollution, stress and our usage of supplements and drugs our bodies slowly forget that natural ability.

A BodyTalk session can restore your natural ability to heal and fix your health issues. It is based on the principle that the body is capable of healing itself at all levels – as evidenced by the healing process that is automatically initiated when a person hurts an elbow or twists an ankle.

body self heal ability

As a consciousness-based healthcare, BodyTalk enhances our natural healing ability and stimulates our bodies to balance and heal itself on all levels. A trained BodyTalk practitioner listens to what your body is saying, thus they can identify the roots of problems in your body and heal the problems on physical, emotional, psychological, and energetic levels. BodyTalk integrates seamlessly with medical science, but it does not substitute medical treatment nor medications.

The BodyTalk techniques provide insights to the areas of your body that need attention. Instead of focusing on the symptoms, BodyTalk practitioners find the underlying causes of illness by addressing the whole-person and their whole-story. What might seem like an obvious problem to you is not necessarily the one your body wants to address first.

BodyTalk symptom

If a BodyTalk technique is performed incorrectly, it simply means that there will be no result or change. It will not make things worse. It follows, therefore, that anyone who receives BodyTalk has nothing to lose and everything to gain as far as his or her health is concerned.

Indeed, every person who is sincerely interested in the concept of total healthcare and has a respect for the power of the potential of human body-mind should find out more about the BodyTalk System.

The concept of BodyTalk:

Innatism: refers to a philosophy of Plato and Descartes who assumed that a God or a similar being or process placed innate ideas and principles in the human mind. Innatism is a philosophical and epistemological doctrine that holds that the mind is born with ideas/knowledge, and that therefore the mind is not a “blank slate” at birth. It asserts that not all knowledge is gained from experience and the senses. This is what we call innate wisdom in BodyTalk.

Innate wisdom lets every single cell, atom, and system communicates constantly with every other cell, atom and system within the bodymind complex at all times. This includes communication through the nervous system, as well as the other subtle energy circuits of the body – such as the meridians and the electromagnetic frequencies that are produced by the body through its functioning. Exposure to stress, pollution, and chemical substances in our daily life can cause these circuits to become compromised, weakening or disrupting the communication between the cells and systems.

A BodyTalk practitioner connects with the innate wisdom, then using BodyTalk protocol chart they will find out which parts of the client’s body have communication breakdown that causes symptoms/problems. The left and right brain will then be balanced with BodyTalk tapping techniques to fix the communication breakdown and to re-synchronise the whole body-mind complex.


The history of BodyTalk:

In 1995, Dr. John Veltheim introduced BodyTalk, a revolutionary healthcare system that uses state-of-the-art energy medicine to optimize the body’s internal communications and allow it to more effectively respond to injury and illness. Since then, the BodyTalk System has been taught to more than a thousand practitioners around the world.

Veltheim, an Australian, once ran a busy clinic for Chinese medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic and naturopathy. He became exhausted, got ill and couldn’t recover. The long search for a cure led him to experiment with blending these and other alternative therapies, creating “acupuncture without needles”.

The breakthrough in BodyTalk was achieved in 1995 when Veltheim discovered that we can tap into the body’s energy circuits by using simple muscle testing to discover areas of sluggish communication. Tapping on the head then tells the brain to “fix” the faulty circuit, followed by tapping on the heart to “store” the fix, just like a computer downloading a programme.

Until today there are over 200 BodyTalk instructors teaching in over 50 countries with translation of training materials into 10 languages, and there are over 1,300 Certified BodyTalk Practitioner helping people in over 40 countries around the world. BodyTalk is used by people in countries across the globe and from all walks of life, from professional athletes looking for a competitive edge to poor communities desperately in need of affordable healthcare.

Benefits of BodyTalk sessions:

  • Balance the brain.
  • Remove psychological and energetic blockages.
  • Balance chakras, meridians, and the energy body.
  • Ease physical discomfort.
  • Minimise negative environmental effects.
  • Helps to balance posture and physical structure of the body.
  • Balance immune system to fight microbes and to reduce allergies.
  • Reduce fear and phobia.
  • Balance unhealthy memory such of traumatic events in the past.
  • Balance the lymph, blood circulation, and nervous system.
  • Balance the functions of each organs, endocrine, body parts.
  • Ease health issues naturally.
  • Enhance your whole health and well being experience.
  • Increase concentration and work performance.
  • Lower stress level.

Who needs BodyTalk

  • People with health problems.
  • People with high stress level.
  • People with physical complaints (Read a testimonial from a professional golf player here).
  • People with emotional complaints.
  • People who wants to improve their well-being.
  • Basically for anyone, even “the superhuman among us – the Barrack Obamas, the Oprah Winfreys” as quoted from The Telegraph (Source here).

BodyTalk Telegraph


Motivation needed!

Motivation needed!

Okay as you can see I haven’t been updating my blog for a few months now. There are a few reasons to this:

1. I quit my job, then traveled and volunteered abroad, mostly in Thailand, and yes I read your mind, there will be some blog posts related to my volunteering experience coming ‘soon’.

2. I’m back in my right-brained hobbies: making paper art, writing calligraphy, coloring the now-trending-adult-coloring book (yes I’m one of those people who color, so?).

3. I need motivation! There are already a few posts that are almost ready to post but my motivation is currently very dry and I cannot be bothered finishing them.

Okay I’m not going to lie, the last reason as well as laziness are probably my main problems right now. So fellow bloggers and writers out there, please help me keep motivated and tell me:

What keeps you motivated in updating your site even when you are busy and when your mind is distracted?


We’re celebrating World Rhino Day with BIG NEWS

This is a wonderful news on a World Rhino Day! Ratu and Andalas, the rhino couple at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, my previous work place, are expecting their second baby! Yay! Congrats Ratu and Andalas for the baby, and congrats Andatu for the little brother 🙂

The International Rhino Foundation Blog

We have BIG NEWS for World Rhino Day. Join us in welcoming our newest Team Rhino recruit — a new Sumatran rhino calf!

Pictured here is Ratu’s fetus is at 117 days old. In this stage of development, the fetus is much larger than an embryo. In the lower right corner of the image, you can clearly see the calf’s head. This is a profile view, and the circular dark spot is the fetus’ eye. To the left of the eye, you can see its nose and mouth. The new calf will be the second rhino born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park. Courtesy of Yayasan Badak Indonesia. Pictured here is Ratu’s fetus is at 117 days old. In this stage of development, the fetus is much larger than an embryo. In the lower right corner of the image, you can clearly see the calf’s head. This is a profile view, and the circular dark spot is the fetus’ eye. To the left of the eye, you can see its nose and mouth. The new calf will be the second rhino born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park. Courtesy of Yayasan Badak Indonesia.

Ratu — a rhino living at Indonesia’s Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary — is pregnant with her second calf! Our new recruit is a game changer — offering hope for the survival of critically endangered Sumatran rhinos.

Ratu’s calf…

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