350 Million years before....
The Red Triangle – Pacific Ocean- California, USA
Welcome to The Red Triangle, this area of the Pacific Ocean is home to some of the most varied marine life from Elephant and Harbour Seals and Sea Lions to the huge White Shark population, so named because of the colour of the water after a shark attack. This is the perfect location for our plans, warm water and rich in food sources and most importantly it’s an hour away from the Monterey Bay White Shark research facility which is co-funding the mission along with the Enviromental Protection Agency and the United Nations with heavy contributions from organisations such as Green Peace.
For the past three years construction has been taking, place just off the coast of California, on the largest aquarium in history, spanning a massive 70 miles of titanium fencing and lexan glass tanks, not to mention the seven story research and laboratory control centre, the first two stories of which are above water, the other five below. Along with the structure, the aquarium contains no less than 17, 300 ft and larger lagoons, which started as nothing more than fencing so we could keep all marine life present within the aquarium without them ever realising they were in captivity.
Running parallel with the upper levels of the structure we nick named “the zoo”, is “Seal Island”, home to the largest populations of Elephant, Harbour Seal, Sea Lions and Sea Otters in the world, the perfect hunting ground for large predators such as the Great White Shark. The reason we wanted Tethys Aquarium to surround the island is to keep the sharks happy in fact, our great whites are the only ones alive in captivity anywhere. Great whites are not the vicious evil killers of the movies, they are highly sociable and intelligent creature’s that we now know also mate for life, even if the pair go their separate ways after mating, they nearly always reunite with the same partner the following mating season, this is where the problem lies.
In captivity the sharks cannot migrate, they become traumatised and scared before their bodies simply give up and they stop swimming, this prevents water from passing through their gills and the shark drowns. By building such a massive aquarium around Seal Island and 70 miles around, the sharks shouldn’t ever notice anything is wrong, especially as they are crucial to our mission, we are planning on bringing back several different species of marine life to the future panthalassa ocean and this includes so very large predators which require very large meals.
Sharks are amazing survivors, first appearing in some bizarre forms in the Devonian Ocean over 350 million years ago and although I would love to bring some back with me, there is no more successful species of shark than the great white, in the last 200 million years all evolution has done to the great white is shrink it down, now only ever reaching lengths of 20 to 30ft, the great whites of today are nothing compared to some of their prehistoric relatives. I love sharks and have no intention of farming them to feed the animals we bring back. My plan is before we ever travel back in time is to first build a new Seal Island.
The first panthalassa ocean once spanned the entire planet, all water ways, seas and oceans joined to form one massive sea which surrounded the gigantic continent of Pangea, the one continent before it broke up to become the world we know today, the problem with the future panthalassa ocean is the fact that there is no continents, no land masses at all, everyone lost beneath the sea, so if we are going to transport as many sharks as we can into the future, what are they going to live on? There are no seals or turtles, no whales or fish, just coral reefs, plankton and small shell fish, but in that lies the answer. The shell fish are two small to sustain a populous of sharks, but it would feed a colony of seals, or should I say, several hundred colonies of seals.
The reason the WSRF (white shark research facility) agreed to co-fund our mission is because they have access to captive great whites all year round, something they have never been able to do before now, when I went to the board of directors to discuss my plans for a new Seal Island in the future the board were deeply concerned that removing all the seals and sea lions would in turn put off the white sharks from returning, it took quite some time to convince them that I could not transport the entire Island, in fact, we would only be transporting the animals in the water.
I explained that the time “jumpers” we’d be using to transport the animals worked by measuring time though four different dimensions, meaning you needed four jumpers at four different axels at once to accurately predict the exact place of every molecule you wished to move before transporting anything across the time line.
For the transport of animals from the red triangle to the future, we would be using jumpers attached to poles buried in the water about 15ft deep and about 200 yards apart from each other and when the timing was right, so to speak, we would activate and send as many seals, sea lions and sharks into the future at once as we could, on arrival, the sharks would still literally be hunting the prey they had a split second before and the seals and lions would find our replica Island ready and waiting for a quick escape, none of the creature’s should ever even realise they have moved anywhere.
We would attempt a transport no less than four times, by which time we should have a fantastic verity of sexes and other marine life forms such as lobsters, crabs, eels, fish and anything else that happens to swim into the transport spot. As well as these animals, several local and worldwide aquariums have offered to donate specimens they have been looking to reintroduce into the wild, some to repopulate species, others for scientific purposes. In return for sponsorship and donations we have agreed to reopen a time pocket 24 times a year, roughly twice a month, after the animals have been released to locate tagged animals and collect data. These pockets can be kept open for several hours so radio signals and camera footage can be sent back and forth and we can be certain that other than their own predators, nothing will interfere with the research or the animals.
The time pockets are energy waves being sent by the jumpers to the time you wish to travel too, but the system requires a secondary system which we call “the jump” in order to actually create a worm hole to another time, without the jump nothing but sound and radio waves can travel through, this security system is designed to stop unwanted visitors dropping through to our time. All though Tethys Aquarium has passed full safety requirements to house large animals on a temporary basis, say six months to a year, we do still have man to consider when it comes to safety. Once in the future the super predators will place no threat to man, 2009 however is a completely different story.
Of course there is little point of sending everything through to exactly the same time, so, because of the sharks ability to adapt and survive and the high blubber content of seals and sea lions, we have picked a point just after a noticeable rise in water temperatures to send the residents of the red triangle too, roughly a million years before we plan to reintroduce the other specimens, hopefully and barring complications, this will be more than enough time for our animals not just to reproduce but also for evolution to design new subspecies of the mammals and sharks we’re sending.
After the fourth transfer, we will travel to the new panthalassa ocean to see how our animals have done twenty years later, by this time we will be able to see if the seal and sea lion populations have survived and flourished, in which case we will be transplanting six more Seal Islands across the panthalassa and manually moving as many pairs of each seal and sea lion species to the new Islands in order for their numbers to continue growing, allowing the sea and sharks to maintain equilibrium. Once this is complete we can begin our mission to go on safari for the giants of the oceans past and present.
As well as funding for Tethys Aquarium and our Seal Island replicas, the United Nations, recognising not only the importance of saving so many current sea creatures, but also the benefits of ending hours and hours of debates and arguments with Green Peace on preserving the seas for the future, have donated an ex world war II military battle ship, who’s original name cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, but we have renamed The Sea Mist II, the Sea Mist being the name of the 80ft sailboat co-owned by Mark and myself.
All of the 800ft battleships weapons removed and replaced by stated of the art tracking and sonar equipment, mini subs, living quarters, dry dock and tech labs and even a wet lab over 400ft long, taking up most of the lower decks, this is the vessel we would hopefully be using to transport all the seals and sea lions to the other Islands with.
So, with the aquarium built, ships at the ready and my team assembled and eager to get started....let’s go fishing!