By Thomas Maranian
93 meters down you will find the wreck of the Lusitania. 443 meters down is the depth at which the Empire State building would stand. At 1,000 meters below the surface, light can no longer reach the darkness of the “Scary Zone.” At 3,800 meters down, the wreck of the Titanic can be found. At 4,267 meters down, you will reach the floor of the ocean. But there are hidden passages leading further down into the abyss. Way further down at 10,792 meters below surface, you would reach the height equivalent to that if you were riding in an airplane. Picture yourself on an airplane, looking down from above the clouds. That is how far deep the ocean extends.
Only about five percent of the ocean’s floor has been mapped, while the other 95 percent remains undiscovered. And with this vast new world comes a whole new array of life. To us, as humans of the earth, we are exposed to hundreds of different people of different cultures each and every day. Imagine how many different species are living in the ocean. 70 percent of the world is made of the ocean. That being said, land only makes up 30 percent, and just think of how big we think our world is!
If you tried to swim down to the very bottom of the ocean, the odds of success are little to none. If the pressure alone does not crush you to death, then a shark or other deadly creature will. Any sign of movement is a sign of weakness to some creatures, and thus, more meat to eat. It’s a deep, dark, and dangerous world down there. With so little of it actually mapped out, we know very little about what is truly below our own world. Science can tell only so much, and in the deepest depths of the ocean, it remains to be seen what is lurking in the most secretive of places.
Just as space is a whole new world, the same is true for the ocean. If you stop to think about it at this very second, there are creatures more than 10,000 meters below us fighting to the death for survival. It is always a war for survival down there. With so many species reliant upon specific types of fish for food, there has probably been hundreds of thousands of wars for control of each body of water. Let’s take sharks for example. They are definitely one of the more menacing of creatures in the world, seeing as they can smell a single drop of blood in a pool of an immeasurable amount of water. You do not want to be anywhere near them if they detect any signs of blood. Many have died or lost body parts because of these deadly creatures. However, there is a reason for this.
When you invade someone else’s home, you are of course seen as a threat. If you are caught in the line of jellyfish stingers, they are of course going to sting you. Those creatures rely on stinging their prey for food. Everything does what it needs to do in order to survive. This is not limited to seas creatures. When you threaten to destroy a bee nest, of course the bees are going to retaliate and sting you. And when humans threaten to take control of another country, of course the government is going to defend themselves and the nation. These examples all illustrate that the world is bigger than you think. The world is not yours to do with as you wish. We have to respect all life, for all life is sacred.
As you go further and further down, all that will be able to be seen is complete and utter darkness. Stuck in a native world, we would all be enemies to the life which exists down there. Our world may be big, but down in the darkness of the ocean, is a world so much bigger than our own. Our earth is about 196,000,000 square miles altogether, and the ocean makes up 139,000,000 of that. You do the math. We are but a minor microcosm compared to the ocean. If you were to drop a solid object into the deepest part of the ocean (the Mariana Trench), it would take just about 38 minutes of nonstop sinking! You can imagine what sort of life exists down there. Next time you are out swimming in the ocean, just remember that the shore is your home. The big, dark, and dangerous ocean may be a dangerous place if disturbed. However, you should never fear. As long as you are careful, and respect the ocean and the life in it, you have nothing to worry about.