I am watching another documentary. This one is on whales. In particular, their songs. A scientist, Dr R. Payne, recorded their songs for many years, and realized that they are really songs; sounds that are repeated in a rhythm with rhymes! Incredible! It is also incredible how far those sounds can be heard.
However what is even more interesting in my opinion, is the effect those songs have on people. Most people say that when they hear those songs they feel very sad but also “they get caught up” in them. The songs seem to tap in our sense of loss directly.
We know that whales like dolphins have a 4th brain, on the top of their cortex. In other words, their brain has evolved further than ours. That does not mean that they think like we do, speak philosophy or physics quantum but they simply have a bigger cortex and another layer.
The basic idea is that with a bigger brain comes a bigger storage space, in other word, a bigger memory. And when you see the size of their brain! Like the elephants really, a big brain and greater memory.
I am wondering if they have as well, a wider, deeper “species memory” than we have, I bet they do. What if they pass on memories of their species and the ocean from generation to generation. All they need to know to survive, the stock of fishes and krill, the best currents and the timing for their migration, how to recognise each other and the most compatible mate, but much more as well. Some of these memories are within their genetic pool and some could be transmitted in their songs. What if they pass on memories of long past events that affected their species, their ancestors, their ocean.
We can’t understand them but we respond to the loss expressed as we would at a suppressed memory. What if they are telling us, in their own way, about things that concern us in some level, or of the past of this Earth that they have inhabited longer than we have, and that we have forgotten a long time ago.
I think we should all listen carefully, maybe one day, one of us will understand.