Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Underwater Appreciation: Part I of II

Bloop, bloop. The bubbles exerted themselves out of the tiny container that kept them in for so long. Bloop, bloop. I look up as I watch them pass me by, in different sizes and surprisingly, in different shapes. I never knew bubbles could be in different shapes, because I’ve always seen them to be depicted as simple spheres. However, I now know that there are no two bubbles alike, and it fascinates me how true it is. For two things not to be the same - ever - is just mind blowing. It just tells me everything in the world is unique in itself, no matter how ‘identical’ they may seem. Thanks to nature, I now know this. Thanks to nature, I now know more about my own life and understand more. Nature never ceases to amaze me.

I see a bright, colorful figure float pass me, distracting me from my bubbles. I turn suddenly to see where it went.
Ahhh, a parrotfish. I see the colorful, graceful animal as it grazes through the several sea polyps and makes its way through the other fish, who busily swim around the coral. The whole scene reminds me of city life. You have your tall coral skyscrapers, with its tenants leeching off them. Then you have the intimidated corals on the side, surrounding the skyscrapers, in which the other fish busy themselves in. Then there are some of the low, not so pretty, but sturdy rocks that some fish burrow themselves in, that are scattered throughout the other parts of the city. However, there are some special fishes that make their own homes, unique to themselves, such as the clown fish and their sea anemones. The sea anemones are made especially for the clownfish, with their main concept of safety. Sadly, there are other fishes that don’t even have true homes; the nomads. The fishes that swim around, with no true home; the fishes that only scour for food during the day, and hide in the night, from the nasty predators that like to mug them for their life.

The fish remind me of people; their different personalities, sizes, colors, shapes, and faces. The parrot fish are so colorful and beautiful, and they are the foundation of beaches; their waste, surprisingly, is what makes up part of our beautiful beaches. Then you have the angel fish, their sweet appearance makes them seem angelic and harmless. And then the stone fish, who like to camouflage themselves from the rest of the world, even if it is a permanent, life-long thing. Fish do the things they do for survival and reproduction, just like humans. And like humans, they have different methods of doing everything. Sadly, people in today’s world don’t understand that. They don’t understand how similar fish are to humans. I think it’s because in that sense, humans focus too much on how marine life differs from their own; how
unique marine life is. 

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