Our dive begins on the continental shelf, where marine wildlife thrives in shallow waters and very often spend their lives split between land and sea. In this zone of the sea, we find crabs, reef octopuses, and often a nice variety of juvenile animals preparing for their journey into the open waters.
Loggerhead Sea Turtle x Full Moon
Here we encounter the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, who begins its life on the continental shelf and can return several times throughout its lifetime. For this collection, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle pairs up with the Full Moon. The Loggerhead Sea Turtle, named after its muscular head, is found in oceans all across the globe, – except for colder waters. The loggerhead does not like the cold. Loggerhead sea turtles can live for around 50 years in the wild, and often don’t reach sexual maturity until they’re just below 40.
Next up, we visit the Epipelagic Zone of the ocean. It is in this shallow reef zone that we encounter the Tiger Tail Seahorse, who’s been paired up with the Waxing Gibbous moon phase.
Catsharks x 1st Quarter Moon
We continue our dive down into the Mesopelagic Zone. This zone is found 200-1000 meters down, and is the home of squid, crabs, cuttlefish, catsharks, tunas, krill, -and many more species! Most species in this zone have muscular bodies, well-developed gills, and large hearts and kidneys. Here, we encounter a pair of Catsharks paired up with the 1st Quarter Moon.
Deep-Sea Anglerfish x Waxing Crescent Moon
Ready for the deepest depths of the ocean? Before we reach the bottom, we pause in the Abyssopelagic Zone. The Abyssopelagic Zone is home to most of the deep-sea creatures we often hear about, such as the dumbo octopus, hagfish and seapigs. And someone you may have already encountered in my work: the Deep-Sea Anglerfish. In this pin, the Anglerfish is paired with the Waxing Crescent Moon.
Mariana Snailfish x New Moon
At last, we arrive at the very bottom of the ocean: the Hadal Zone. The Hadal Zone represents the deepest region of our ocean, at around 6k-11k metres down, and located within oceanic trenches. This zone may be large and unlit, but the deepest-living fish known to us is anything but. Introducing: the Mariana Snailfish paired with the New Moon. The Pseudoliparis Swirei, also known as the Mariana Hadal Snailfish, lives at extreme depths of the ocean. It has been observed at a record-breaking depth of 7966m below the surface!
As much as we’d like to, we simply can’t stay at the bottom of the ocean forever. Time’s running out, so let’s head back up!
Dumbo Octopus x Waning Crescent Moon
On our way back to the surface, we revisit the Abyssopelagic Zone. This time, we encounter a Dumbo Octopus paired with the Waning Crescent Moon. There are only 13 confirmed individuals of dumbos (Grimpoteuthis Bathynectes).
Weddell Seal x 3rd Quarter Moon
Next, we revisit the Mesopelagic Zone. Also known as the Twilight Zone, it represents the chunk of the ocean where light is present, but only just. Animals here are referred to as “semi-deep sea” creatures, living in depths from 200m-1000m below sea level. And many are skilled hunters, such as the Weddell Seal! As a highly skilled underwater explorer, the Weddell Seal can hold its breath for up to 45 minutes and can dive as far as 600m below sea level (which is extraordinary for a marine mammal). In this collection, the Weddell Seal pairs up with the 3rd Quarter Moon.
Māui Dolphin x Waning Gibbous Moon
Our last pit stop is in the Epipelagic Zone: back in shallower waters. This is where photosynthesis occurs. And it’s also where we encounter the Māui Dolphin, who’s been paired with the Waning Gibbous Moon. The Māui dolphin is a subspecies of Hector’s dolphin, and are one of the earth’s rarest species of dolphin! It frequently hangs out in the Epipelagic Zone, so it’s a real treat to have encountered it.
Ready to complete our dive? Let’s head back to the surface.