Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Get Lost

We have an "About Us" blurb in the top-right corner of our blog which states that this weblog is "devoted to pond, freshwater and marine aquaria."

I keep thinking we need to update it.

Maybe it's just me. I was one of those kids who found it difficult to stay within the lines of coloring books. So I will be the first to admit that I find it difficult to stay within the parameters of aquaria.

There is a whole world out there to discover and explore. I think what feeds my fascination for the unknown are all the fairy tales, folklore, myths and urban legends I've absorbed over the years.

The Bermuda Triangle, Midgetville, Chupacabras, The Face on Mars, The Eye of God, Bigfoot, La Llorona, Bloody Mary and countless other stories have captivated and/or kept me up at night since I was a boy.

One story that has always fascinated me is about The Lost City of Atlantis.

If you're unfamiliar with the story, allow me the pleasure of sharing the extremely short version ... with some assistance from Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2007.

Atlantis was a flourishing civilization located on a large island in the Western Ocean around the 10th millennium BC. Atlantis was a powerful nation that conquered all the Mediterranean peoples except the Athenians. This mythological, idyllic island sank below the sea in an earthquake.

"But later there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea." (from Plato's dialogue Critias).

I recently stumbled upon some video footage and photos which, although unrelated, continue to fuel my interest in the world wide weirdness of our planet.

Of course, you could always make The Lost City of Atlantis home for your aquarium life. But be careful! As someone relatively new to the hobby, I discovered the hard way how die-hard aquarists feel about such decor.

Needless to say, the "No Crabbing" sign is no longer in my tank.