An Alien World
There is an alien world, but its not as far away from us as we think, just need to take a ride to any coastline, swim out and then down.
To a dark mysterious world where no sunlight ever penetrates,
but where amazing life forms live in perpetual blackness. Beautiful and wondrously majestic displays of brilliant bi-luminescence. Explosions of patterned light, like an underwater fireworks display. No musical production or well rehearsed choreography here, these tiny creatures dance to there own natural underwater life force.
Within this pitch black liquid world, exotically named oceanic creatures, live a dog eat dog life, or maybe that should be dogfish eat catfish. If we peer through these pressurised depths of darkness we could see, yes, look there, see that microscopic shimmer of pale electric blue light. A tiny ice cream wafer shaped cone of translucent membraned skin, topped with a blob of silver vanilla ice cream head and small feathered legs. Two long antennae protrude like whiskers weaving through the dark, feeling ahead in the water like a human would swing his arms if suddenly blinded. His name is Gaussia, Oh we've startled and frightened him. With a bright puff of brilliance, he exhales rapidly from his body, he flickers off into the deeper depths of the ocean floor. Leaving us staring at a little fairy dust cloud of amazing luminance.
The little cloud of fast dissipating sparkling fart, that Gaussia left behind him, has attracted the attentions of the renowned Angler-fish, yes, as in 'Finding Nemo.' Better known to his friends as Chaenophryne Longiceps his baiting lure shines with bacteria hoping to attract a fishy dinner. Just like a flame lure that will attract moths, oh, its so pretty. His big black discus eyes roam the waters scanning for things we cannot see. The bright lure trembles at the tip of the esca and with a flick of his tail he's gone a hunting. Fishing rod lighting his way through the darkened sea.
Oh he didn't go a hunting he retreated from possible danger, because approaching out of the darkness appears an intimidating form. Idiacanthus Antrostomus or the Black Dragon, the pimp of the ocean. Shark like body as black as the dark waters surrounding him. His body has potophores of luminescence along its underside and down its fins. Bright shimmering eye-shadowed luminosity above and below each large angry eye. Behind his big smiling rows of gruesomely sharp pointed teeth, hanging down from his neck like a bling bling golden chain. Is a long barb, with a shining bright feathery bejewelled tip. This displaying fish swims by like a pimp mobile limousine. Boom box thumping, undersides brightly lit with blazing strip and strobes, don't mess with me I'm one hard brother hunter of these watery streets.
After the heavy beat of the pimp, a beautiful ballerina swirls into view, shimmering her wonderful tendril skirt, she dances on invisible tiptoes. Gracefully pirouetting her umbrella jellylike fishes luminescent body Hydromedusa Aequorea, the creamy pearl shimmering gowned Anna Pavlova. Joining her in this twirling watery escapade of dance, Beroe forskalii, elongated tear droplet body zips and darts around our twirling ballerina. Break dancer of neon light, he pulsates internally with vivid abstract blobs. Blues, reds, greens and yellows, flashing strobes like Nevada's casino main street. We leave this dancing duo to there wonderful gyrating performance.
Slowly rising from the darkened depths we pass by more marvellous sights, indescribable patterns and shapes of dancing moving living lifeforms. Bursts of colour as they flit into and out of our vision, lovely marine life, to the almost hideously ugly specimens, I'm sure their thinking that about us.
A flattened Frisbee disc shoots past flashing and blinking red light. Spielberg would love this inspirational watery sci-fi ocean scape. The last creature we witness as we leave this dark but wonderlands world, is an Annelid worm. He swims so close to us that we can see every detail of this pinky pearly almost transparent blue underwater insect. Very much resembling our earthbound woodlouse but with spiky protuberances, covering its lice like body, they seem to wave good bye to us.
We rise up through the ocean to the sunshine filled waters, then break the surface, into our own wonderful oxygen rich world. Which seems almost alien now, after the watery domain we have just left.
By Tracey Owen & R.B.Rueby
Copyright May 2010