Friday, August 16, 2013

Out in the Ocean

The boat is swaying back and forth and the whitecaps behind us are churning. They make the sound of a fan spinning wildly. The ocean smells like dried seaweed and salt. I am already wearing my swim trunks. I grab my flippers, snorkeling mask, and life jacket and wait for my mom and dad. We are ten miles off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. The water is light green like an emerald, compared to dark green Pacific Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean’s water color is lighter because its salt content is less than the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Ocean looks like twin sisters with the Atlantic Ocean, but with a shadow thrown upon it.

My family and I are on a snorkeling excursion with other people. The boat gradually slows down and finally stops. The captain shouts, “We’re here!!!” Six people at time slip into the Atlantic Ocean. My family and I are one of the last people to get into the water.
Splash! I already get water in my mask and take it off. I am surprised by how warm the water is. I put my blue mask back on and gasp in shock. I saw an underwater metropolis! Fish of all shapes and sizes were swimming in schools and solo. I saw a blue and black fish that looked suspiciously like Dory from “Finding Nemo”.  I was very careful and it was incredibly hard to maneuver because the captain told us that it was against the law to accidentally or purposely kick the coral or to have any contact with the fish or plants. My legs are bunched up and I use my arms to swim. I see a colorful snail and instantly recognize it as a Chuck Norris Snail. Yes, it is indeed called the Chuck Norris Snail. I saw one when I was snorkeling at Santa Catalina Island. The look and name are stuck in my head because it was awesome. It has a strange name and looked unique. It looks like a tiny alien snail which has a mix of colors on its shell. I continue to swim and come across a huge valley, where no fish roam. I get a tiny bit nervous because of the lack of fish. I feel like there might be a shark that scared all the fish away. I continue to use my arms to swim until I reach the imaginary boundaries which the captain set for us. Suddenly, I see a fish swim right below me and I swing onto my back. I manage to muffle an AH. I hear the horn blow two times. That is the signal for us to swim back.
After ten minutes, we arrive at our second destination. We drop back into the water. It is a bit deeper and I can maneuver much better. I see a mysterious marble hand poking over a hill. I kick towards it and it is a Statue of Christ. A wealthy Italian business man dropped the statue there to honor the sea. I see words written on the bottom of the statue but underwater with no glasses, it is like Lorem Ipsum to me. I was a tiny bit disappointed. We saw scuba divers below us. I look at the statue for a while and continue to snorkel. I try and scream as I see a Hammerhead Shark fin, near a hill. I cautiously swim past that area and see that the shark means no harm. It just wants to be cleaned by the smaller fish that eat the pests off the shark’s skin. I learned in a documentary that hammerhead sharks didn't harm humans very much and went to coral reefs to clean mostly. I climb back into the boat to rest…

The underwater world was awesome and colorful. I gained so much knowledge just by looking and inferring real life. Fish like to eat algae on coral and they did. The fish defend their food and they did. I saw that the food chain was very important for the fish to survive. I deeply understand the things I learned in school, during field trips, and in lectures about the underwater universe. I was amazed because the fish created an underwater community where they all thrived and were happy. I also made a decision to take scuba diving lessons because I love the deep sea.

1 comment:

  1. It's a wonderful story and interesting to read. I wish I was there. The deep sea is indeed beautiful!