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The air above the ocean is intricately connected to the ocean floor miles below. Carbon dioxide dissolves into the surface of the ocean from the atmosphere and phytoplankton use the carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. Other organisms at the surface eat the phytoplankton and when they die they sink down towards the sea floor. Creatures living in the deep sea depend on this falling matter for food.
If all of the salt from the ocean were dried up and spread out evenly over the land continents, the salt would be about 5 feet high!
Can you imagining putting a person in a time capsule and then opening it up 80 million years later to discover that they’re still alive? Scientists have found a bacterial colony buried 100 feet deep in the Pacific Ocean floor that hasn’t received light, oxygen, or food for over 80 million years, and they’re still alive! A very slow metabolism and dividing to make identical copies of themselves allow these bacteria to survive for so long.
Bioluminescence is light produced by an organism from chemical reactions in its own body. Fireflies are common land examples, but the deep ocean is full of bioluminescent plankton, jellyfish, shrimp, squid, and fish. You may see them off the bow of your boat at night or even sometimes along the beach shoreline in the waves.
Water is an incredible molecule with a variety of qualities that facilitate life on earth. Water molecules form bonds with each other called hydrogen bonds, which allows water to stick to itself. This creates surface tension, which some insects use to walk on top of the surface of the water. This is also why it hurts when you do a belly flop!
Photo: Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA The gray seal (Halichoerus grypus) is found on both the western and eastern shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Gray seals eat a diverse diet of fish, octopus, lobster, skates, and eels and can reach weights of up to 880lb (males) and 550lb (females) in the western Atlantic. Pups are born in the winter in the western Atlantic and in the autumn in the eastern Atlantic. The gray seals were hunted to near extinction in the western Atlantic through the mid 1900’s for oil, meat, and skin. In the 1980’s, after the passing of the 1972 Marine Mammal... (more)