My MC is a mostly normal human guy except that he sleeps under the surface of the ocean (there was a curse, he’s having a really weird life…etc. Yay magic!). Besides the fact that this is just not possible except in the magical sense, I wondered if you might have any ideas that would make this seem more vivid and tangible from an oceanography or marine biology perspective? Like, tides, or whatnot he’d deal with? I’ve got the basics mostly complete, but thought I’d ask in case something based in fact would help improve it. Thank you!


Well there are a few things that Id be concerned about sleeping in the ocean: riptides, animal interference, being found by coast guard/fisherman, and getting washed up on the shore by accident.

Riptides are obvious: it would suck to wake up in the middle of the ocean. Like, SUCK. SUCKY SUCK.

Animals would also interfere: dolphins would be concerned about your character floating in the ocean as they tend to be around people they think are in trouble. You would have sharks maybe wanting to see what your character is and taking a test bite.

And obviously getting found would be suck because they would get dragged out of the ocean by military officials or by concerned people trying to help when theyre really not.

Getting washed up onto the shore would also suck because #deadbodyfreakout.

Those are just a few things Id be concerned about sleeping in the ocean so if I was your character Id find a cove or somewhere with not a lot of waves and current to sleep there.

I hope this helps!

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… but their informal name is ‘Leaf Sheep.’ They’re one of the only animals in the world that can perform photosynthesis; they eat algae, suck out the chloroplasts, and incorporate them into their own bodies.

It’s a phenomenon known as functional kleptoplasty, if you want to get all geeky and technical about it (which I do). Basically it means they’re kind of like solar-powered slugs!



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Some researchers think the whales engage in this behavior because it’s how they protect their own calves, but they aren’t sure why they would continue the fight knowing it wasn’t another whale.


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