Monday, November 21, 2016

“A Deep-Sea Serengeti”; “It’s Like a Dr. Seussian World Down There”—The First Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Engenders Brilliant Analogies

[Rewritten on February 22, 2017]

The creation of the nation’s first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean last September engendered tremendous excitement among anyone and everyone who wants to preserve some of the beauty that exists in our oceans. The event also generated some wonderful and imaginative use of similes and metaphors. 

Known as the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument and measuring nearly 5,000 square miles (the size of Connecticut), this underwater world, which is located off Cape Cod, is probably more wondrous and mesmerizing than the treasures in Aladdin’s Cave. It contains “lush forests, canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon, vivid bubblegum-like corals, extinct volcanoes...” and a huge variety of sea life, some of it not found anywhere else on the planet. Not surprisingly, Brad Sewell and other environmental advocates have described these waters as “a deep-sea Serengeti”; “an underwater Yellowstone”; and “a Dr. Seussian world.” 

For more, visit NPR’s September 15 report on the subject by clicking here. 

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