The Things I've Seen
With only a couple days left in the trip, I am still amazed by the different creatures we continue to examine. Some are big and some are small; but all are unique. This trip has opened my eyes to deep sea organisms and the adaptations they have evolved in order to survive in such a harsh environment.
Some animals use bio-luminescent photophores that give off a fantastic light show. Some animals are very scary looking with gigantic teeth and over sized mouths. Many have very large eyes that are able to take in the faintness of light in the ocean’s depths. Some animals are colored red because this color is almost invisible in deep dark waters, so these animals use it to their stealthy advantage. Some creatures use parts of the body as a lure to attract its prey and others swim around until they find something to eat. Some of these creatures have very long tentacles and others are missing some of the traditional fins that are present on their shallow water counterparts.
These animals have really adapted well to live so far below the surface. These past two weeks I have grown an appreciation and fascination with the deep sea!
Since tomorrow is our last day at sea, I wanted to share some pictures of the creatures I have been able to examine while aboard the Point Sur. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did discovering them!
Chris Valdes, Teacher at Sea