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What is lurking the bottom of the ocean?


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#1    Sufjan

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:29 PM

I really like the idea of a gigantic seamonster like prehistoric animals or Cthulhu, but what's really there? I remember the bloop and it really sounds interesting, but I wonder if the ocean is big enough for really big fish to hide from mankind and if it's scientifically possible for larger than usual sea animals.

Edited by Alex Smith, 14 May 2013 - 02:30 PM.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:33 PM

This dino fish has been hiding from mankind for a long long time :

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:37 PM

Yeah, that's really cool, so it's possible for animals to grow that big on the bottom? Is there a natural restriction under that pressure?


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:39 PM

I used to find trilobites really interesting when I was a kid for some reason... So yeh, here's a +1 for hoping some long time extinct organism is still crawling around down there.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:41 PM

Marine dinosaurs would seem very likely, to me at least.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:45 PM

View PostAlex Smith, on 14 May 2013 - 02:37 PM, said:

Yeah, that's really cool, so it's possible for animals to grow that big on the bottom? Is there a natural restriction under that pressure?
Sleeper shark would be the largest I guess.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:53 PM

View PostAlex Smith, on 14 May 2013 - 02:29 PM, said:

I really like the idea of a gigantic seamonster like prehistoric animals or Cthulhu, but what's really there? I remember the bloop and it really sounds interesting, but I wonder if the ocean is big enough for really big fish to hide from mankind and if it's scientifically possible for larger than usual sea animals.

Well anything is possible and the ocean is a big place, but I doubt we're ever going to find any giant "sea monsters" living at those depths simply because there's so little to eat down there.  

As far as the bloop goes, it was solved a few months back - icequake - http://www.wired.co....-solved-sort-of

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:57 PM

The bloop was solved?



Who knows how much there is to eat, when we actually discover big animals who have to feast on smaller animals? Why wouldn't bigger animals feast on the these predators, too?

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:12 PM

There are lakes of tar/something that have waves and shores of their own, but are too thick for machines to enter too.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:24 PM

View PostAlex Smith, on 14 May 2013 - 02:57 PM, said:

The bloop was solved?



Who knows how much there is to eat, when we actually discover big animals who have to feast on smaller animals? Why wouldn't bigger animals feast on the these predators, too?

Well this is pretty much what's there:

Abyssal food chains begin with phytoplankton detritus, fecal mattter and organic debris, rather than with living producers. Since there's no light, there aren't any photosynthetic producers. The only food, with the exception of a dead whale, cold water reefs and a few other sources, is what falls down from above.

http://www.brighthub...cles/41041.aspx

So is there a giant **** eater living down there - perhaps, but I'm not betting on it.

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Posted 14 May 2013 - 03:29 PM

Wouldn't be surprised that there is something down there we know nothing about.  Wouldn't be the first time if something thought to be extinct was found.


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Posted 14 May 2013 - 04:04 PM

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Deep ocean life does look very different and almost alien at times.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:44 AM

Who knows? The ocean is a huge place with many animals that have yet to be discovered. It might be unlikely for a really huge animal to be undiscovered and lurking, but I guess there's still a chance it could happen. I remember seeing a video of a strange sea creature that was thought to be an unknown animal, but was a jellyfish. It was too bad, because it looked really cool.

Still, there's plenty of amazing sea creatures as it is. Have you heard of the Bobbit Worm, Frilled Shark, or the Oarfish? They're all pretty awesome.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 08:29 AM

I wonder if our submarines pick up any interesting 'blips" on sonar? It's an awful lot of water to not be hiding something law of averages you know. if we could get Jeremy wade off the damn rivers and start fishing the oceans he would sort it out and have a right smart show to boot.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 08:45 AM

There can be no reptilians down there.... because number one on any reptiles hitlist is AIR....... yes they are air breathers, just like whales.
And we never see giant reptiles taking the necessary breaths at least once per hour.





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