Abyssal Zone
Abyssal Zone
Abyssal Zone
Abyssal Zone
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Abyssal Zone

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Dimensions: 30"x15"

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

 

The ocean is simply fascinating. The deep sea which is the lower layer of the ocean is particularly intriguing. Little or no light penetrates this layer so scientists once assumed that life at great depth was tenuous, or somehow inconsequential. The darkness, the outrageous pressure, and extreme cold that exist below 1 000 meters lead to conclude that all forms of life would be extinguished. Actually, they couldn't have been farther from the truth! In fact, below 200 meters lies the largest habitat on earth.

The oceanic zone has a wide array of undersea terrain, including crevices that are often deeper than Mt. Everest, deep-sea volcanoes, and ocean basins.
In the abyssal zone, some organisms have adapted to the darkness by creating their own light source. Some fish have adapted by having a very slow metabolism, elongated bodies with weak watery muscles and skeletal structures. They often have extendable, hinged jaws with recurved teeth. The abyssal zone being the largest living environment on earth, it can be difficult to find a partner to breed. Therefore many organisms are hermaphroditic.

Isn't the deep sea awesome?!