Serving as the Toastmistress for the Census of Marine Life’s Celebration at the Royal Academy of Sciences in London, Dr. Sylvia Earle applied her considerable knowledge, wit and wisdom to both a tribute to participants and a celebration of accomplishment. Following is her poetic toast:
First . . . .
A salute to Fred Grassle, with vision ambitious,
A dream, an idea, to census the fishes!
Another, with courage– remember him well.
The one, the only – Jesse Ausubel.
But fishes alone were not enough.
The sea, after all, is alive with stuff.
What about urchins, sea stars and snails?
What of the microbes, the kelp, the whales?
It sounds, at first, slightly outrageous.
But the idea caught on – it was contagious!…