Selections from “MY REPORT ON DEEP SEA” (circa fifth grade?)
Welcome to the icy depths of the deep sea. A place where the sun can not reach. A place called…. “The twilight zone”. It’s really called that, and I plan on giving my report on that and below. First of all, you had better be in a pressurized submarine or you will be crushed by the weight of thousands of feet of water above you.
Now if there is no sun light how do the plants survive? They use a process called chemosynthesis. How? They take the sulphide from the under-water heat-vents. If it wasn’t for under-water heat-vents all of the deep-sea life would have no heat and die. Many animals live around heat-vents.
An early flair for the dramatic!
One of my favorite deep sea animals is the oar fish. The oar fish has only had 25 sightings in all. 25!! Oar fish are the world’s largest bony fish. They are typically 35 to 50 feet long and 650 pounds. They are probably the root of many sea serpent myths with their long serpent like bodies and red combs a top their heads calmly sliding through the water. Their bodies long and silvery with bright red fins. Looking like that, I’m not surprized that people mistake them for monsters!
I remember I got really enamored with the idea of finding the Loch Ness monster when I was a kid, and proving it wasn’t a monster after all. In second grade, I was PRETTY SURE it was just a run-of-the mill Plesiosaur. I see from this DEEP SEA report that I was still into sea monsters in fifth grade.
Viper fish and gulper eels are some of the uglier animals that live down there.
A present problem with gulper eels is that fishing nets are catching some of the ones that live in a shallower depth and they are somehow tieing themselves in in knots. How does this huge mouth with a tail tie itself in a knot? I have no idea!
I like the fact that this is a problem; like it would be a disturbing trend on the news. I think if a deep sea creature is caught in a net and dragged to a boat, it has more to worry about than a knot in its body.
Our deep-sea mission is over. So, “So long,” as you head into shallower waters!!
Awww! And then there is a drawing of the deep-sea submarine ALVIN. And some sea animals.