The ocean is still a very mysterious place.
Even now, we have only explored a small portion of the vast body of water covering our planet. We know more about space than we do about the ocean. It isn't our fault, though. The human race is a curious species and we have the drive to seek out new environments. But, the ocean itself prevents us from going deeper.
Immense water pressure would crush any human diver who dares to descend past the continental shelf. We've created miniature submarines to help us combat this danger. Still, our current technology is useless against the darkness of the ocean.
And what we have explored has led to discoveries of life. Aquatic life that has evolved in order to survive in the dark, cold abyss. Things that belong in nightmares. Things that shock even the most rational of scientists.
Prehistoric life. Fish and sharks and whales and octopi and eels and jellyfish that lack sanity. Eyeless. Translucent skin. Glowing scales. Open, gaping mouths full of jagged teeth. Too many tentacles to count.
And that's just what's been found close to where the light from the sun, if only barely, illuminates the depths. As deep as we've been able to go.
And there might be more. More hideous things, dead and decaying, that swim far below the surface with strange alien forms. Aimlessly drifting through the soundless darkness without any care of what's above.
In some places, some trenches and drops in the ocean’s floor, we've never reached the bottom.
Maybe that's a good thing because if life becomes more alien as we go deeper, then who knows what the bottom of those abysses may look like.
What if the worst thing to be found in the ocean is the bottom?
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