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👑 Adamantine 11/02/18 (Fri) 11:28:05 #18192219


What's poppin' fellas? I found an interesting little theory about the ocean you guys might like to hear.

scalyscooter 11/02/18 (Fri) 11:29:29 #84839123


oh shit, waddup adam

🗿 limpfirebird 11/02/18 (Fri) 11:29:33 #99992709


what's it about?

garlicbreath 11/02/18 (Fri) 11:29:45 #99998333


who're you and why is there a crown beside your name.

🗿 mr_sen 11/02/18 (Fri) 11:29:58 #10000002


That guy you're referring to is one of the admins of Parawatch. He's one of the oldest active staff members here. Being an administrator gets you a crown.

Also, hey Adam.

👑 Adamantine 11/02/18 (Fri) 11:30:02 #10000015


Yeah, what Sen said. I'm really feeling my age now that there are greenames here that don't know who I am lol.

👑 Adamantine 11/02/18 (Fri) 11:30:58 #10001002


So there's this pretty obscure thing I found while looking up in /x/ last week. It was something about how marine animals in the deepest parts of the seas are slowly migrating upwards and away from their own biomes.

I did my own research on this. A lot of this is a whole gift to unwrap.

👑 Adamantine 11/02/18 (Fri) 11:43:49 #10001911


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So there's a lot of weird things that happen at night. In the ocean, it's no different. You see, most of the predatory species near the surface hunt through visual stimuli (i.e through their eyes for the scientifically uninformed). Those sharks, killer whales, and the big squids all use their sight to catch and eat prey; relying on the light from the sun to hunt.

But come night, they become less active. Their prey? They can't catch them since the seas are dark as shit. Not even the moonlight can help even a tiny bit. They go to sleep. Go dormant and whatever.

Now what happens next is that the creatures from below the oceans themselves; those bottom-dwellers start to migrate upwards since the environment above is just as dark as it is below. There's really not much of a difference other than an increase in salinity, acidity, and maybe even temperature. They go up to feed now that it's become safe for them. And now you've got plankton, right? Those blue-green blooms of glow-in-the-dark dinoflagellates that blossom all the way up near the shores. And then the deep-sea fish start coming up as well. These things don't rely on sight as much, but you know how the anglerfish and those weird looking jellyfish use their lights and glowing spots and stripes in the deep sea? They use that to attract prey and vice-versa. They may not use their eyes well, but living in the darkest depths of the oceans makes you very photosensitive. Any glimmer is sure to attract unwanted attention.

And now what happens is that those deep sea predators that lurk in the trenches and vents down there? They go up to eat whatever's there at the surface. It's a free-for-all for these things. This would happen every day starting at dusk all the way to dawn when those crazy monster fish go back from where they came.

This eternal process is just natural to them.

👑 Adamantine 11/02/18 (Fri) 11:57:02 #10001133


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In July of 2010, there was this man who was marathon swimming at night. Usually when you do this, you've got a boat that's gonna bring you back home and a little kayak that keeps watch over you as you swim. He was just swimming out in the middle of the ocean with the boat's floodlights to help keep watch over him.

Suddenly, he feels something touch against his legs, followed by a sharp stinging pain somewhere on his thigh. He calls to his friend on the kayak, asking him to bring him back to the boat. When he gets on, there's this deep, circular gash that just appears on his leg. The mark is clean; almost as if it was cut with large surgical tool or a piece of himself just disappeared like it was magic.

When he got on the boat, he and his mates confirmed that the only thing that could ever really take out a chunk of flesh that size and that deep was a cookie-cutter shark. Cookie-cutter sharks are basically these fanged fish that thrive in the deeper parts of the seas. They hunt on dead or dying animals that fall to the bottom of the ocean and take these bites out of your flesh with clean-cut precision. That's how sharp their teeth are. So sharp, in fact, that submarines in the earlier days of undersea exploration have had their own hulls dented and attacked by these things because they mistook them for whales.

I'm not making shit up by the way, that swimmer that got attacked by these things? It took him two years to recover. This actually happened: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/05/the-most-terrifying-description-of-ocean-swimming-ive-ever-read/276240/

But the strangest thing here (to me at least) is that this is the first ever documented case of a cookie-cutter shark attacking a human. There could be more, but so far, this is the only one that's been known. The article I've linked then ends with the words of a shark researcher, simply saying "Don't swim at night, over a deep sea trench, while being lit from above by boat-based floodlights."

Which, fair enough, we can do that, but what's peculiar about this sentence here is that cookie-cutter sharks, thrive in pitch-black environments in the deepest parts of the ocean. Sure, they'll move up at night when everything looks as dark as down below, but the boat's floodlights were shining on this swimmer the whole time. These creatures would be blinded by the sheer brightness of these lights. Their biology is used to being in the dark for so long, that any small glow down there would catch their attention.

But for one night, this shark looked up from below the trench. It sees this blinding white light pierce through the darkness of the trench. All these other creatures scatter and leave the light because it's just something that they never encountered before. It's something that their eyes can't handle. But this shark, for whatever reason that goes against its very nature, decided to swim up there, take a bite out of this human being, and swim back down to the depths from where it came from along with the other sharks and deep-sea monsters lurking below. It's probably a one-time thing, but now these things from down there know that there's more food. More prey lurking up just above the trench.

And now they know we exist.

👑 Adamantine 11/03/18 (Fri) 12:12:58 #10010211


I did some digging around this particular theory for a bit. Went though a couple news articles, scientific papers, personal accounts on reddit and whatnot. One of the most interesting things I've found was that the U.S. Navy was funding this big project to create an artificial sun off the coast of Aden in Yemen: https://www.technologyreview.com/2017/03/23/153043/the-worlds-largest-artificial-sun-could-help-generate-clean-fuel/

Now that may sound like total bullshit, but if you read the article, it is very much real. Or rather, in theory, it should be. At first it just seems like this shouldn't be even part of this theory. Why does this belong here? Hell, why the fuck is the Navy building a goddamn sun under the sea?

But when you think about it, why would they build that and why underwater? Well, this article answers those questions. In Germany, some scientists and engineers built an artificial sun

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