In Marine Bio-Mimicry, shapes of nature are transformed into design. I imagined manta-rays into uni-wing airplanes, wind-mills with whale flippers (they exist) and proto-zooans as inflatable wind-turbines.
Nature creates similarities. One need only think of mimicry. The highest capacity for producing similarities, however, is man’s. His gift of seeing resemblances is nothing other than a rudiment of the powerful compulsion in former times to become and behave like something else. Perhaps there is none of his higher functions in which his mimetic faculty does not play a decisive role.
— Walter Benjamin, “On the Mimetic Faculty” 1933