National Geographic : 1953 Nov
0 National Geograplilc society 4 A Popeyed Creature of the Deep Bites Off More than He Can Chew The blue ghost of sunlight vanishes at about 1,900 feet; even below 200 feet life-giving rays quickly be come too pale for ocean plants to grow. Thus deep sea animals must feed on their fellows or on the gentle rain of food particles sinking constantly to the bottom. Here a predator tries to swallow a shrimplike inverte brate with a cluster of rose-red eggs. Koudachromes by Paul A. Zahil Y Another Monster of the Deep? This Baby Shark Is Seven Inches Long Not all the animal life washed ashore at Messina comes from the depths. This baby shark of the genus Scyllium is a bottom feeder that lives in comparatively shallow waters. It will mature to a length of several feet. Its scales, similar in structure to teeth, feel like thousands of tiny inverted thumbtacks, recalling the days when sharkskin was used as sandpaper.