Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Loggerhead

Loggerhead: This is a common English word which means “a stupid fellow”. At Loggerhead means “in disagreement”

But the origin of this word lies in the sea. Loggerhead is a Tropical Sea Turtle with a large head and a hard shell. Now there are some things really intriguing about this creature which weighs almost 300 pounds, is 3-4 feet in length and goes on to live for almost 100 years. It has a keen sense of smell and a even keener sense for survival.

After living in the sea for over 20 or more years, the female loggerhead returns to the place of its birth, the beach, this time to nest. She travels hundreds of miles in the Atlantic with hundreds of fertile eggs inside her. Now what makes the female loggerhead come back to the same place to nest? Is it some kind of genes, or smell or sound? There is no answer to that yet. She leaves the sea her familiar home and ventures out on the beach to lay her eggs which she does far from the shore and covers them with sand. She cries, tears running down. These are called the mothers tears, the tears that signify her pain coz she would be leaving these eggs behind, never to come back to see if they survived.

That’s what it boils down too. Reproduction only for the survival of the species. But as a mother she knows and she cries.

Each of us are in this race for survival and we have 2 options: either run the same race fastest or run a unique race. Not sure how many of us do opt for running a unique race? But yes to all those who do, that’s the way it is….

2 comments:

~anu~ said...

hmm.. interesting..!! can't say how many would opt for a unique race. given a chance i would change the meaning of "loggerhead" in english dictionary today!

Masood said...

very well written...