You might not see a single thing around you. You’re not alone.

The You Tube(r) video Once Upon a Tide presents a different kind of fairy tale.

Listening to the sound a seashell makes, a real living girl enters into a sad and beautiful cartoon world of the ocean.  The storyteller in the video says, “you might find it hard to believe but I assure you it’s true.”

You see underwater that there is a huge world we do not know much about.  The oceans have populations of different animals, locations, light, its own kind of environment.  It is different than what we human live above ground.  But what we do on land and how we behave directly affects the oceans.  And what goes on in the oceans directly affects the weather.  Which then directly affects us humans on land.  So if the oceans suffer, so will we.

image from the movie once upon a tide

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Oceans cover more of the earth’s surface than rocks and dirt do.  When you look at a map of the world, notice how much water there is, compared to the land.

Oceans are very deep.  The lower you go into the water, the darker it gets because the sunlight from above can no longer penetrate.

Morning Earth explains:

Life in the ocean that lives below the sunlight penetration lives in a three dimensional blackness. They can move in any dimension, but have few clues about where because there are zero landmarks, or better, signs to tell them where they are. It is hard for gravity-bound beings like us to imagine free floating all the time. No autotrophs (self-feeders) live here–there is no light to photosynthesize.

When we scuba dive to explore this complex world, we are limited by our bodies, even if we have very good oxygen tanks to breath.  We experience limits that we don’t have when we’re out of the water.  The lower we swim down and down into the ocean, the more our bodies feel pressure on our organs.  And at some point our bodies simply cannot dive lower because the pressure is too much.

So, scientists employ other methods to go further down to explore, using robots and submarines with cameras, and are able to find the smallest of organisms that you cannot see without the help of a microscope.  You might take a look at drops of water taken from these depths and not be able to see anything with just your eyes.  Look at the water using  a microscope, and you will truly see life where you could not see it before.

I bet you have never thought of a fairy tale as a microscope before, right?