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Art Show: Squid (& Other Deep Sea Monsters)

Giant Squid

by Elizabeth Paige VanSickle

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Art: Giant Squid by Artist Elizabeth Paige VanSickle
I never thought I would ever paint a "Squid!” Well, so be it. Once I researched its nature, I found it very education and have some great respect for this rare and unique species. I chose these colors because there is no light under the sea, so I assume its colors would be more reflective of “albino.” Although, I have seen pictures of pink squids. This is my interpretation. The abyssal zone is the abyssopelagic layer of pelagic zone that contains the very deep benthic communities near the bottom of oceans. "Abyss" is from the Greek word meaning "bottomless sea". At depths of 4,000 to 6,000 meters (13,123 to 19,685 feet), this zone remains in perpetual darkness and never receives daylight. Its permanent inhabitants (for example, the Black swallower, tripod fish, deep-sea anglerfish and the giant squid) are able to withstand the immense pressures of the ocean depths, up to 76 megapascals (11,000 psi. Giant squid are very widespread, occurring in all of the world's oceans. They are usually found near continental and island slopes from the North Atlantic Ocean, especially Newfoundland, Norway, the northern British Isles, and the oceanic islands of the Azores and Madeira, to the South Atlantic around southern Africa, the North Pacific around Japan, and the southwestern Pacific around New Zealand and Australia. Specimens are rare in tropical and polar latitudes.


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