More and more animals began to approach us, and make physical contact with our bodies.
We were naturally curious, and started to research this phenomena. We learnt that there is a world-wide history of humans cooperating or hunting with wild animals. From the San who hunted and shared meat with the lions in the Kalahari, to the Hawaains who hunted cooperatively with Barracuda, and the Imraguen from Mauritania who worked with wild dolphins to chase fish into their nets. We started to realise that our relationships with wild animals could be far more then we ever realised, and for us it changed our relationship with the natural world. We went from being observers to participants.
“Perhaps my most powerful and mesmerizing encounter was with a cuttlefish. All the cuttlefish I’d seen before were afraid, and would jet into caves or squirt ink at me and swim away at high speed. Some would allow me close but never to make physical contact. But this animal was different. It seemed to welcome me, and to my amazement allowed me to touch its extraordinary body that kept changing colour and texture. I could feel it’s cuttlebone beneath its thin flesh, and I spent an hour with this enchanting creature. Eventually it even followed me to the surface and lay relaxed in my hand.” Craig Foster