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Art Show: Squid (& Other Deep Sea Monsters)

Beneath the Deep Blue Sea

by Paula Kochan Radl

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Art: Beneath the Deep Blue Sea by Artist Paula Kochan Radl
This is my rendition of the various creatures that may be found in the Mesopelagic Zone of the ocean. This zone extends from a depth of 200 meters (656 feet) down to 1000 meters (3281 feet). This zone is also referred to as the twilight zone and is also known as the mid-water zone. The sunlight in this zone is extremely faint. A great variety of stange and bizarre fish can be found here. One of the creatures is the jelly fish with the body form called the Medusa body form. They appeared in the oceans about 650 million years ago, before the dinosaurs. They still populate our oceans today in a profusion of sizes and shapes. Jellyfish are incredible creatures - it's amazing that they are living things. Check it out...their bodies are made up of 95% water, they have no bones or cartilage, no heart or blood, and no brain! (Talk about a real 'no-brainer'). They are one of earth's simpler and more primitive life forms. What does it like to eat? Fish, plankton, and even other jellies. Usually, an unsuspecting fish will swim into the almost invisible tentacles of the jellyfish, which are loaded with millions of nematocysts (stinging capsules contained within cells called cnidocytes located along the tentacles). When the fish contacts the tentacles a paralyzing venom is immediately injected into the victim. Then the jelly can eat its quarry at its leisure. This piece was done on 140lb. coldpress watercolor paper with Grumbacher watercolors and ink

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