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As fish after fish swam into my restricted line of vision—fish, which, heretofore, I had only seen dead and in my nets—as I saw their colors and their absence of colors, their activities and modes of swimming and clear evidence of their sociability or solitary habits, I felt that all the trouble and cost and risk were repaid many fold. For two years I had been studying the deep-sea fish… and now when we were at the bottom of our pendulum I realized that I, myself, was down where many hundreds of nets had been hauled. During the coming year I should be able to appreciate the plankton and fish hauls as never before. After these dives were past, when I came again to examine the deep-sea treasures in m nets, I would feel as an astronomer might who looks through his telescope after having rocketed to mars and back, or like a paleontologist who could suddenly annihilate time and see fossils alive.

this guy right here is basically my life role model. He sailed around the planet researching pheasants (among making many other crazy ornithological discoveries), proposed the tetrapteryx stage of flight nearly 90 years before a dinosaur (Microraptorgui/zhaoianus) with hind-limb wings was discovered, and was (with Otis Barton) the first person to see deep-sea creatures in the deep sea. Also an incredible author and, with many others, revolutionized zoology with his emphasis on observing animals, and thus their interactions, in their environment.


[Source: William Beebe wikipedia page, Arcturus Adventure, Half Mile Down, and A Monograph of Pheasants on Biodiversity Heritage Library]

(Source: Wikipedia)