Bottle Nose Dolphin

Bottle Nose Dolphin


Mark Miller


Cape Fear Community College




Floor 3


The Art of Technology

The training of a marine technician is a multi-faceted endeavor. How do you take an individual who essentially just wants to do many of the things they enjoy - work outside around boats and the water - and provide them with the skills and experience they need to maintain the professionalism needed to work in a dynamic, science oriented career? Instructors in the marine technology program realize that art, science and technology are really not that different and all are best taught by organized experiences. I have seen art described as "the practical application of knowledge or natural ability; skill; dexterity; facility; power" and I have seen technology defined as "the application of science to the arts". If art is the embodiment of beautiful thought and creativity, then what could possibly be more beautiful than the sensuous forms of two Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) frolicking along the waves of a passing ship. Marine Technology Students learn to appreciate the beauty of these moments and the many other forms of biological life that are encountered while at sea or along the shore. They learn the many intricacies of environmental work and working in the environment. They learn to understand the need for creativity and resourcefulness that working around the water demands. They also learn that the training and life as a Marine Technician is not always easy but no one ever said the best things in life were going to be easy.