I was perusing Facebook last night when I came across a video by Tech Insider describing the ocean depths. Having only been near an ocean a handful of times in my life, the video was quite intriguing:
I didn’t realize, or likely didn’t really think about, the ocean being this deep. I knew the Titanic was down there and I knew about a couple of the fish species like the fangtooth and dumbo octopus. I did not know if you tipped Mt. Everest upside down it still wouldn’t reach 35,700 ft marker. Holy cow! At the end of the video they’ve estimated that humans have explored only about 5-10% of the the Earth’s oceans. That’s a literal drop in a ginormous bucket. They’ve also estimated that there are at least 10,000 species of sea and plant life yet to be discovered.
A few years back I had the privilege of getting to spend 7 months on the island of Maui for internship purposes. I am absolutely, positively in LOVE with sea turtles. It stemmed for having my pet painted turtle and just grew. I think they are the coolest creatures. When I went to Hawaii, that was essentially my first time near an ocean let alone going into one. Let it also be known, I can’t swim. I’m fairly certain I’d sink. But I was in Hawaii! I had to go in the ocean. Was I afraid? Hell yes. The waters were clear though so it made it a little easier to face that particular fear. Once I got my “sea legs”, which basically meant being strapped to every flotation device possible, I conquered the ocean! Now it was a true conquer, I’ll admit, because if I freaked out my feet could still touch the bottom but then I got it into my head that I wanted to see a sea turtle. In order to do this, I would have to swim (float) further out. So again, I had my boogie board, my flipper fins, my floaty noodle and strapped myself to another human being who could swim like a fish and we went further out.
I wasn’t ready. You see there’s a certain point in the ocean you come to, past the the beautiful coral shelf, where land just drops away. Like literally drops and you see nothing but dark waters. That is SO scary if you don’t know it’s coming. So we’re swimming along and the ocean floor is just gone. Like what just happened! Where did the floor go! We need to go back! And then you look back and just see this massive wall and literally wondering how is this physically possible! Before I could completely lose my mind, a sea turtle came swimming past in those darker waters. I got SO excited! It was so beautiful! I couldn’t help but think that I was that uninvited guest invading this beautiful animal’s territory. So I took in the moment, committed it to memory and then I was done and wanted to go back to where there was sand under my feet.
Human discovery is great. It often leads to great technological advances or cures for diseases. I can’t help but think though that some things should just be left to nature. The deep depths of the ocean and the 10,000 species down there probably don’t want to be bothered. I don’t need to know what dwells that deep. We can let them be.
What do you think?