Sunday, July 12, 2015

Diving Deep!

The ocean, we use it for traveling, vacations, fishing, water source, and so much more. It can be a calm peaceful escape on the beach, or it could be a life threatening journey across the roller coaster like waves. But whatever the experience or image you have of the ocean you may have, have you ever asked yourself, what’s in there?
Did you know that the ocean is approximately 36,200 feet deep and as of 2013 takes up 71 percent of Earth? The Ocean also houses 99 percent of the biosphere and contains some of Earth’s grandest geological features. But rather than getting into the depths and shapes of the seafloor, I have a few things that might catch your attention.
When I say 60 foot long, whale eating, mysteriously disappearing sea monster what comes to mind? If you haven’t been keeping up with shark week or come to visit us at Gold Rush your best guess would probably be Jaws, right? But the answer is actually a Megalodon, which was a prehistoric shark that lived approximately 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago. Imagine Jaws 30 times bigger, that’s the Megalodon. But no need to be afraid, they supposedly went extinct a long time ago.
Now picture a 46-50 feet long, 5.5 ton weighing, T-Rex crossed with a modern day lizard... Got it? That my friends, is a Masasuar. Able to travel anywhere in the ocean, eat anything, and for all we know, swim deeper than any human ever could be able to. They were said to go extinct toward the end of the Cretaceous period, which was 65.5 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Although the Mosasaur had dinosaur like features it was actually a reptile. If you’re having a hard time picturing this creature, it is actually the giant “Shamu” attraction in the new Jurassic World movie. Now keep in mind, it is a Blockbuster movie so of course they tend to over exaggerate things a bit. So, although the Mosasaur is perceived to be an aquatic Godzilla in the movie, that isn’t entirely accurate but it will give you an idea of what the creature was like.
The ocean doesn’t only hold these giant beasts but also houses about 20,000 species of fish and up to 1.98 million species of animals and plants as well. Every year the census is adding about 150 to 200 species of fish and 1,700 species of animals and plants, so the numbers are and will continue to go up year by year. And with that being sai two thirds of marine species still remain unknown. Talk about a mysterious place!
The ocean is a very strange, mysterious place, much like outer space. We can only travel so far into the depths before it becomes too cold, too dark, and uncharted mysteries. This leaves the window open for endless possibilities of what may be beyond our discovery. For all we know, perhaps the Megalodon or the Mosasuar didn’t go extinct, they simply adapted to the deepest depths of the ocean. But don’t take my word for it, I’m not a scientist. I just have a creative imagination.
All this talk about the unknown probably gets you curious, right? Well you don’t have to search for answers any longer! Here at Gold Rush we can help you dive into some ocean facts, and make it fun as well! We have various sea adventures you may purchase and discover starting at only 20 dollars. We make leaning about the deep blue a easy, family friendly, fun experience for all ages. From sea shells to Mosasuar teeth, we have it all! So come on down any day of the week so we can learn together and have a blast doing it! Give us a call at 1(800)363-8303 or check out our website at We look forward to sharing this experience with you.
                       Danyel @ Gold Rush      

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