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[ARCHIVED] Into the Depths by Cody Rasmussen

The original item was published from May 14, 2021 9:24 AM to March 6, 2023 3:18 PM

Phot of blue ocean horizon under a sunny sky with fluffy white clouds

The Ocean. The Earth’s surface is calculated to be around 71 percent covered by water; and of that 71 percent, almost the majority of it can be found in the oceans of the world. To the unknowing eye, the sight of the water and the waves may be all that they see.  

Yet below the surface of the water lies an entirely new world apart from our own on land. A vast ecosystem that mimics the vast changes that can be seen on land. With the changes between cold and warm water, there will be new aquatic creatures that will be seen.  

In the Arctic regions of the world, one might find various species of whales such as the Beluga Whale and the Narwhal. While in the Antarctic regions, one would find whales such as the Blue Whale and the Killer Whale. Even the subspecies of seals will change depending on location, where the Arctic has the Ringed Seal the Antarctic has the Leopard Seal.

underwater photograph of coral reef with tropical fish

The Tropics are no different from the rest of the world’s oceans when it comes to diversity.  With the various species of fish that can be found in the oceans, such as the Marlin to the Barracuda. There are also the different types of sharks and turtles that can be found in the tropical regions of the oceans. Yet there are many different types of marine creatures that still are being discovered. Whether they be found in the regions of the known oceans, or perhaps in the unexplored regions of the deep trenches.  

underwater photo of sunlight shining through clear blue water

After all, of the vast oceans that cover the Earth there is still an estimated 80 percent left to explore.  The stars may be the limit, but we do need to remember that we still have much we can learn from our own planet… and beneath the waves.

“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came."

- John F. Kennedy

[Remarks at the Dinner for the America's Cup Crews, September 14 1962]