This Deep Ocean and What Lives There video is a simple illustration of the depth of the ocean. The deepest part of the ocean is called the Marianas Trench. The creatures of the Marianas Trench have many strange and unique adaptations to live in such a harsh environment. With no sunlight reaching the deepest parts of the ocean, it may seem like a very dark place. However, animals actually light up the darkness by producing their own light, in a phenomenon known as bioluminescence. Because there are relatively few organisms in the deep sea, this light production is used to signal to other animals. These signals include attracting prey, distracting predators and finding mates. Many organisms, including fish, shrimp and plankton use this adaptation. There are also organisms that produce bioluminescence at the surface of the ocean, during the nighttime. On Catalina Island, if you were to wave your hands around underwater at night, the water would explode with the resemblance of hundreds of tiny stars. These glowing specks are a type of bioluminescent phytoplankton. It takes each phytoplankton 24 hours to produce the bioluminescence produced when touched, meaning it must wait until the next night to recharge its batteries!
CATALINA SEA CAMP (CIMI), CALIFORNIA SUMMER CAMP SINCE 1980
Summer camp on Catalina Island is a great way to spend the summer. Wonderful memories and new friends await at Catalina Sea Camp one of California’s premier overnight summer camps. Our one-week and three-week camps are one of a kind ocean adventure and marine biology summer camps located at Toyon Bay on Catalina Island. Sea Camp offers three one-week sessions for boys and girls ages 8-13 and two three-week coed sessions for teens ages 12-17. Our hand-picked counselors and instructors create an atmosphere of fun and excitement while leading campers on a host of ocean adventure, marine biology, and social summer camp activities. Catalina Sea Camp is a program developed by Catalina Island Marine Institute, also known as “CIMI”. Rules for participation in Guided Discoveries programs are the same for everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.