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The swirling sea

by Fiona

The swirling sea
The floating foam
Rage in the storm,
The sailing boats
The squaking gulls
The light-house horn.
The screaming wind
The pounding rain
The waves that cut and bite.
The dark night
The poor lost boats
Trying to find the light.

encounter Ancient Myths-Atlantis

Strange science
-Sea Monsters

The unnatural
Sea Monsters

"Ah! What pleasant
visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic
All my dreams, come
back to me."

From The Galley
of Count Arnaldos

by Longfellow

Seahorse tales photography

Seahorse Park-Multimedia Gallery

Seahorse Links on the net

Sea monster of
Norwegian folklore is
the Kraken.  Said to
be a mile and a half
in girth, it had a circular
flat shape and many
arms.  In 1752 a
Norwegian Bishop
wrote that it
darkened the water
around it with an
inky secretion, indicating
that sailors who
reported it had seen
a giant squid.

Ferdinand Magellan left
Spain in 1519 to try
to find the Spice
Islands by sailing in
a westerly direction.
He took
5 ships and
260 men.
Sadly Magellan
himself was killed
on the voyage
and only one
ship and 18 men

It was the first
around the
world voyage.

The slowest moving fish are the seahorses. The dwarf seahorse (25mm/1 inch) probably never exceed 0.01 mph/0.016 km/h.

Animated Knots by Grog

Real Knots: Knotting, bends, hitches and knotcraft.

Knots Gallery

AquaWeb Fish Resources, for freshwater and marine aquariums!

To escape from an
attacker a sea
cucumber shoots
out strings of sticky,
threads. The attacker
then is occupied 
disentangling himself
rather than bothering
with the sea cucumber.

In the Far East some
species of sea
cucumber are caught
for food. The body
of the animal is
dried and used to
make soup.

The fastest marine
are the dolphins
and rorquals.
The fastest fish are
the marlins
They have been
measured swimming
at 40-50 mph/64-80 km/h


Oregon Live -- NW Endangered Fish

Titanic the Movie

FamilyFun: Sink the Titanic - and More Family Fun

How did the Titanic sink?

The most
poisonous fish in
the world is the
death puffer.
Its poison is 200,000
times more
potent than
curare, the plant
poison used by South American  natives
to tip their arrows.


Fisheye  view Cam Home Page

"With green sea-flowers
like a rock of oceans
Topples o'er the abandon'd
As the tides change
The fisher on his
watery way
Wandering at
close of day,
Will spread his sail
and sieze his oar
Till he pass the
gloomy shore."

From Written in the
Suganean Hills N.Italy

By Shelley

Sharks are the most feared fish in the sea, but they are not all dangerous, nor are they all large.

Passages of the Deep - Live Shark Cams...

shark clip art including hammerhead sharks and shark icons

"Dark, deep and cold the
current flows
Unto the sea where
no wind blows,
Seeking the land which
no one knows."

From Plaint

by Ebenezer Elliott

Fiona's shark mania

(not me!!!)

See them Live on Shark Cams....

Passages of the Deep - Live Shark Cams...

SeaWorld Florida

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Outer Bay Exhibit - Outer Bay Cam

Monterey Bay Aquarium: White Shark 2006

Channel4000.com - Shark Cam

Sharks and Ocean Animal Pictures and Desktop Wallpaper Images

"Bobby Shafto's gone to sea,
Silver buckles on his knee;
He'll come back to marry me,
Bonny Bobby Shafto!

Bobby Shafto's fat and fair,
Combing down his yellow hair;
He's my love for ever more,
Bonny Bobby Shafto!"

An octopus'

Media clip to play
or download


A  wav file to play or download

Atlantic giant squid

This squid has the
largest eyes of any known animal. The largest
squid ever
discovered had
tentacles of 11
metres long,
and was found
washed ashore in
Newfoundland in 1878.

A stonefish is perfectly camouflaged. It looks just like a stone on the seabed, however it is covered in deadly poisonous spines, which can kill if they are stood on.

The largest crustacean is the Japanese Spider Crab.

Seaweeds are
underwater plants.
they are usually
brown,red or
green and grip
to the rock by 
means of a special foot,
which is like a root, and
is called a holdfast.
Some seaweeds
have air bladders to
help them float in the water-bladderwrack is a seaweed like this.

Lots of animals live
off them as food.
Seaweeds are used
by humans too, in 
fertilizers for farmers,
to make chemicals
used in ice creams
and jellies, and 
some are eaten like carrageen in Ireland.




Deep waters - below 100 m (330 ft). No light filters down. It is very cold and very dark. Humans cannot survive the pressure here, unless they are in a submarine.
Predators here have huge mouths and curved teeth to try and stop anything escaping, as prey may be scarce at this depth. Some even have self - produced lights to act as lures.

Pacific Kelp

A single strand of
this seaweed can measure over 60 metres in
length. It grows
very fast as well, and is the biggest sea plant.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

They do a lot for marine conservation.


Enya song

Media clip to play or download

Orinoco Flow

A media file to play or download

The deepest sea exploration ever was made by the bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960. It dived to almost 11 kilometers, which is nearly the bottom of the Marianas Trench.

"I must go down to the sea again
for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
All I ask is a windy day
with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the seagulls crying."

From Sea Fever
By John Masefield

Coral Reef Fishes

Aquatica Waterworlds Virtual Aquarium Fish Tank Screen Saver

Below 400 m (13,000 ft) in the ocean is called the abyss. Here the sea creatures wait for food and dead animals to drift down from above.

Flatfish are shaped just like normal fish when they first hatch. It is only as they develop that one of their eyes gradually moves round to the upper side of the body. It then swims using the fins round the edge of its body.

Deep Sea World

Tour the deep!!!


The largest known natural pearl is the "Pearl of Laotze" weighing 6.37 kg/ 14 lb 1 oz in 1934. It looks like a human brain, and it has been suggested that a piece of brain coral got stuck in the clam, who unable to get it out, covered it in mother-of-pearl to make it less uncomfortable.

The greatest number of pearls found in one shell is 1716 in 1958 off China.

A Pearl is formed when a speck
of sand gets inside
the shell of a
clam or oyster.
The oyster or
clam covers it
with layers of a chemical called calcium carbonate
in an effort to
make itself more comfortable. This forms a pearl.

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