What Lurks Beneath The Waves: A Flash Fiction Short Story

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What Lurks Beneath? Look beyond the obvious!

Some days are really hard to forget, though sometimes we don't initially register the events that pass by within our view and often, it only takes a reality check to bring those events into focus. What lurks beneath the waves? Why is it that we don't believe in certain things merely because we don't see them firsthand? Monsters of the deep really don't exist do they?

Surely nothing could exist in the oceans beyond the reach of our modern technology? But then perhaps, some things have actually evolved and intentionally developed the ability to not be seen, by either man's technology, or man himself. Read the signs, it's not a matter of what we don't see, it's really about what we initially don't register that may well save our life, or at the very least, an unforgettable day!

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'What Lurks Beneath The Waves'

Cupped hands seem only to stroke the glassy surface. Cut and divided by forward motion and pointed board. The shape of a solitary surfer, semi immersed, his upper body highlighted by a wetsuit, paddled to catch the moment. A moment, in the shimmering, western horizon’s sinking sun.

From shore he appeared to be at one with his world, perfectly fitting its fluidity, moving as water does, as water will in graceful flow, within the oceans unseen magnetic harmony. Yet another seduction rose and taunted him with its perfection, just beyond his ability to catch this wave. He sat beneath the surface, upon white foam and fiberglass, waiting for another set offering the choice of seven waves, each demanding his energy, skill and his respect.

No wind marked the ocean surface. No sound declared the presence of further waves. In half light he must have felt darkness enveloping anticipation, thinking days shouldn’t end like this. Paddling closer to where the sun had been moments before, perhaps searching for any wave to carry him back to shore. Inky shrouds of darkness removed contrary hope, but no waves simply meant a long paddle back. No big deal, though shore was equally black.

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Aftermath - The reality check.

People struggled to comprehend the images on the news. Merely 48 hours earlier we had been at that exact place. A shredded black wetsuit had been found on the high tide mark. Human blood and tissue within its lining, the sum of what had been male, washed up among fragments of a surfboard. They determined no shark could have done this; whatever had taken him was far more aggressive!

They speculated that falling seal populations must hold a clue. We considered hands which seemed only to stroke the surface and how quickly, a darkening ocean seemed to have suddenly grown silent!

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Shark Fin Soup - Poll.

Should we support the slaughter of sharks solely for their fins?

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Perhaps we really do reap what we sow?

With overfishing, pollution and the inhumane wholesale slaughtering of sharks for their fins, the entire balance of ocean life and its creature's life circles has been completely derailed. When apex predators are hunted to close extinction, then other creatures fill that role and adapt to the changes that occur within the overall environment. Mankind often ignores the reality of nature's efforts to regain balance, primarily because either there is no immediate profit to be gained from change, or those changes are to subtle to be seen until it is too late.

Today sharks are removed from the food chain equation, simply for the provision of their fins, sold to a growing Asian population demanding 'their share' of what is literally, a completely tasteless soup, used to announce one's social status. In the absence of sharks, creatures like squid are adapting to fill the vacancy, growing larger and more aggressive. The likelihood of giant squid attacking humans must now be considered, man is after all, a far easier target than their traditional prey and rival, the sperm whale. Forget everything learned from the movie Jaws, as giant squid are a vastly superior predator than great white sharks. So, have you truly considered what lurks beneath the waves at a beach near you? Well, it may pay to always look before you leap, don't you think?

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Great story. Sharks?... according to the latest scientific studies the oceans can no longer support our population.

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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Cheers Martin, yes exactly, I don't believe the oceans were created to support mankind or his insatiable need to exploit such resources. The plight of the shark is one which requires more than simply a justification for unrealistic practices and profits, similar to those made from Rhino horn and Ivory. Thank you for taking the time... glad you enjoyed this piece.. take care... PD

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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Great message here, PD..... We are constantly ignoring the balance of nature in order to fulfill our wimps and desires. I wonder what will be the wakeup call for us to see what is going on in front of our eyes. Appreciate your reminder, and for sharing this with us.

Take care.....

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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Lizzie, thanks for taking the time and the smile from your reference to wimp's desires :) But you're right... So often some wimp's whims are the real reasons why a whole range of creatures become extinct somewhere in the world, every year.

There is always a reaction to an action in such circumstances... and I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't appreciate being desired as a food source, by either wimps or squid! I mean... just imagine going fishing and the bait attacked you on a whim! :) Cheers for the thought of the vast range of potential outcomes that could likely occur... take care indeed... :) PD

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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

Great story Pearldiver ~with a great message. It is so true that there is always going to be a reaction to an action. I was very intrigued to learn from you that squid is a scarier predator than a Shark. That information brought up a bunch of scary images of a big Killer Squid. Hope I sleep tonight. LOL

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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Linda, thank you for that and for taking the time to read this piece... Yes, squid are an incredibly scary predator, far greater than sharks when you consider the range of weapons they use and how stealthily they hunt...

Giant squid are a favorite food of sperm whales and yet many whales are found dead from the wounds inflicted by the squid, that not only have heavily barbed, long reaching tentacles, but also a powerful beak and the brute strength to hold/drown its prey. I do hope I haven't inspired your subconscious mind into looking under your bed each night in your sleep :) You take care and maybe a 'just this once' quick look under the covers tonight may be a good idea! :) PD

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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

Another interesting, as well as, well written piece, Rob. It would be difficult to decide whether one would rather be eaten by a Great White or a Giant Squid.

I've often wondered what destroyed Megalodon and what a frightening creature it must have been. Enjoyed the tale!

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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Cheers for that Randy... Of course what both Giant Squid and Great Whites do have in common is that they frequently attack from underneath the target at speed and tend to do so from within the changing light of the depths... Is it true that you can still find Megalodon teeth in parts of your coastline? That would be a trophy hunt well worth making considering the age of the fossils. Glad you liked this piece mate... you take care, I appreciate your support... PD

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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia

Yes Rob, I've seen a few such Megalodon teeth found on the beaches of the Georgia and Florida coastline. They are quite large and are bigger than one's hand. Truly a terrifying creature in its day.

A cool subject, at any rate! :)

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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Fantastic, I have seen those teeth in the Smithsonian, but their samples were only about 4 inches and they said Megalodon teeth had been found at almost double that size! Unbelievable alright... down our end of the world, we just get the 20 foot squid with their tentacles missing, washed up on our beaches. I think I would become a beachcomber if I were on your coastline Randy... I find such things fascinating also.. Cheers for confirming that info mate... take care.. PD

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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Hahaha..... I am so sorry, didn't check my comment until now! Suppose to be whims, oh my! I was having hard time posting the comment from my iPad, and was afraid there will be ten copies of comments floating on here! Phew..... Thanks for the laugh :)

Great article..... Read it again.

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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Cheers for that and no problem... yes, do consider writing an article on training IPads, there is a need for further reference information and there's nothing on how to stop them from Stuttering like that.. :)

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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Your words bring us to the beauty of man’s relationship with the ocean with such poetic flair; we spin and whirl and play with its companions. Yet one of the truly great astonishments and marvels of nature we are destroying with our indifference and greed for survival. Sometimes the ocean takes from us the life we take from those magnificent waters. Thanks to us, there is no longer a balance of nature. I wonder if we will wake up before it’s too late. Superb hub, PD!

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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Genna, thank you so much for reading and commenting so powerfully on this piece... I always appreciate your supportive words of wisdom. Yes, as a race, we do tend to take too much for granted don't we? Life is worth far more than the few dollars some gain from the now, at the expense of tomorrow, I believe.

I'm glad you liked this work... the story is 300 words as a flash fiction... but I just couldn't resist adding the rest of the content, to help drive the shark message across... it is such a serious issue... cheers again... you take care... PD

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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I did like this and what it made me think was that with they way some people treat the environment and pollute it I wouldn't be surprised if some strange creature of the deep decided to take revenge for being treated so badly.

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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time. Author

Hi Rasma, thanks so much for that... yes, that very outcome may be more predictable than most wish to consider... and perhaps another one in response to man's efforts with rainforests, oil exploration, etc. etc. The conservation agenda has never been to 'manage' and 'sustain' any life that gets in the way of corporate profits! Cheers for your positive input my friend, you take care out there... PD

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