A sea otter eating a giant clam

It's a bit like sea otters.

Wild sea otters use stones to crack open mussels. And though for a long it was assumed that only the great apes have a “preferred hand” it turns out that most sea otters are right handed (apparently kangaroos and blue whales also have a preferred hand/flipper* too). Sea otters also have favourite stones that they store in pouches under their arms. We know these facts because archaeologists and marine biologists have carefully studied what they do. I’m hoping that this project will be a bit like the under-arm pouch of the sea otter – a place to collect favourite tools, which we can then look at to reflect on how we work, our natural preferences and blind spots which we might otherwise miss.

 

  • * Flipper might not be the right term.