Sometime back the Weekly Photography Challenge was titled – Delicate. Coincidentally at that time I was in Trivandrum, Kerala – my in-laws place and a city I was visiting for the first time. And first time visit means a tour of the city, which began with the Napier Museum and Zoological gardens. Within the premises they also had a small hall exhibiting aquariums, which is where I saw the – made world famous by Pixar – clown fish, now mostly known as Nemo. What startled me the most was the size of the fish – it was hardly an inch in length. Somehow my relative size perspective from the movie and even photos on the internet, had me believe that the fish was atleast 7 – 8 inches long. The second thing that hit me was that this tiny fish defined the delicate balance of nature and provided the estimate of how despite the apparent infinite vastness of the oceans mankind has still managed to saturate it with pollutants, causing loss of habitat to even a creature as tiny as the clown fish. Looking at this minuscule being I was overwhelmed by gross selfishness of mankind in over-utilizing the resources of our planet and endangering the lives of even the smallest creatures that share this planet with us.
P.S. This post has been long due, however I got fresh incentive to write it after reading Dan Brown’s Inferno and his discussion of the overpopulation of Earth by humans and its catastrophic consequences.