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Strange Sea Creatures
l have travelled all over the world on ships, and all over the world people think that the sea can be a very mysterious place.
There are many ancient legends about strange things that live in the sea. Animals so ferocious that they eat people – or even whole ships!
People in past times thought there might be dragons, sea serpents and giant squids and actually drew them on their ancient maps that showed the seas of the world.
ln my blog post this week, l’m going to tell you about some of the most famous ones…
Firstly, there was the Kraken. Kraken was like an enormous octopus or squid-like animal that attacked ships. lt was maybe 15 metres long and waited on the seabed until it saw its prey, then rose up to the surface spouting water from its nostrils. lt would shoot out a black liquid that would poison the sea.
lt was also dangerous when it sank down under the surface of the water again because it would create a huge whirlpool that could suck down anything that got caught up in it.
Then there was Morgawr, which was a sea serpent that lived off the coast of Cornwall. lt had a long neck and little stumpy horns on its head. Many people said that they had seen it.
Another such creature lived in Loch Ness, so they said – known to the locals as Nessie.
Now, scientists are going down to the depths of the oceans and discovering new creatures, very often ones that look like monsters; creatures very different from the ones that we know; the ones that live near the surface. Some of them even have their own lights to see by in the dark depths that they live in!
By the way, if you have ever taken a photo of Morgawr please send it in because l couldn’t find one!
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Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Week
Bill: Where does a ship go when it’s ill?
Bob: l don’t know. Where does a ship go when it’s ill?
Bill: To the dock!
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An ancient map of the coast of Norway with added monsters
The Kraken – a mythical creature
The Loch Ness Monster
(Photo by Dr Wilson 1934)
An angler fish (this is a real fish) has its own light because the sea is so dark deep down
Deep sea jelly fish (also real)
Hammerhead sharks have very strange-shaped heads
THE SALTY SAM NEWS DESK
Scientists have quite recently gone in search of the legendary giant squid and have found that it does actually exist!
For a long time they were thought to be a mythical creature, but one was found when it was brought ashore about 150 years ago. The largest giant squid ever found washed up on a beach was 18 metres long.
Scientists used a diving machine with a thick acrylic hull that looked like a giant bubble to go down into the depths of the sea to search for the giant squid. It lives between 600m and 800m down, which is why it is so difficult to find.
This submersible, kitted out with special cameras, could dive down to a kilometre below the surface of the water and carry two men inside.
Beyond the reach of sunlight most creatures that live in the murky depths of the sea create their own light. This phenomenon is called bioluminescence.
The scientists eventually found the giant squid much to their delight in the summer of 2012.
Found summer 2012
They were amazed to discover that although this squid was an orange colour when washed up on shore, when it was swimming about under water it was a bright, shimmering, burnished gold. It was enormously long and had eyes bigger than footballs!
Me working hard on my blog
Bill and Bob want to know if you can identify this mysterious picture.
And there is just one more thing I have to say on the News Desk this week:
And to give you lots of ideas for decorations and treats for this coming Monday, check out my Pinterest board at:-
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lf you have long hair like a mermaid, here is a way that you can make a scrunchie to tie your hair up.
- Cut a piece of fabric 50cm/20inches by 12cm/6inches.
- Fold in half right sides together and sew a 1cm seam along the 12cm side.
- Then fold in half lengthways and sew a 1cm seam along the 50cm side – leaving a gap about 5cm/2inches before the end.
- Turn right side out.
- Thread a length of elastic (5mm/¼inch wide, 20cm/8inches long) through the scrunchie (put a safety pin on one end to help you push the elastic through and don’t let go of the other end!
- Tie the ends of the elastic to make the hole in the centre of the scrunchie as big as you want it to be.
- Push the elastic inside the scrunchie.
- Neatly hand-sew the hole together.
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HOW TO MAKE MERMAlD BRACELETS
Use shells with holes drilled through them, plastic or wooden beads.
Thread a large needle with shirring elastic and thread the beads onto it while the elastic is still attached to reel. Use the elastic double to give it extra strength.
When you have the bracelet at the right length that you desire, cut the elastic and tie it into a very tight knot. This knot should disappear into the centre of one of the beads and be hidden. Don’t make the bracelet too big otherwise it will fall off your hand.
Of course you could make a necklace to match.
Please note that the material on this blog is for personal use or for use in classrooms only.
It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.
Use of the toys and projects is at your own risk.
©Christina Sinclair Designs 2008
Answers to the News Desk Quiz
It is the tail of a whale that is diving down.
A sperm whale in the murky depths
Have a look for monsters yourself at:-
And spy around in the darkness if you dare!