Thursday, June 30, 2016
As a marine science major, I could tell you all about the functions and processes behind the echolocation of a toothed whale. I could tell you about how sounds originate in a dolphin's melon, or how resident killer whales echolocate while transient killer whales do not. I did not, however, know that humans could echolocate until recently. After reading about it, it makes sense that we would be able to. The extent to which some blind individuals can use echolocation is truly astonishing, though. I can barely navigate my room with my eyes closed. To think about a group of individuals successfully navigating a mountainous trail on a bike is something I can barely comprehend. The brain's ability to adapt and change to it's environment is impressively intriguing.