The Year of the Dolphin
(An excerpt from Translation 3000 Newsletter, December 2006)
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) declared 2007 the "Year of the Dolphin" to emphasize the need to protect dolphin species with Prince
Albert II of Monaco as the campaign's patron.
Did you know that...
Dolphins sleep with one half of their brain plus one eye closed, then switching to the other side of the brain and the other eye closed during other parts
of the day — slowing down everything inside their bodies and moving very little.
Great skill which they could use before approaching the translation deadline!
Dolphins spend about one-third of their day sleeping or resting, one-third eating and
one-third playing or making love. Good opportunities for freelancing!
Dolphins have a great sense of humour. They have fun in silently maneuvering
behind an unsuspecting pelican and snatching its tail feathers. Natural-Born Editors!
Young dolphins playfully create big underwater bubble rings by further injecting air
into natural water bubbles. After that the company of baby dolphins plays around with
these toys by pushing them around with their nose. If only we could learn translation
project management the same way!
In many cultures across the world, whales and dolphins are associated with divine powers
and are seen as superior beings. Translators alike are often seen by non-linguists as
superhuman beings with the skill to live with 2 language realities inside their mind!