Greetings from the Monterey Bay Aquarium


The quiet world of cuttlefish.

“I lingered in front of the kelp forest, eerily beautiful in the morning light, and as I watched the leathery brown ribbons swaying in the currents, the chains of bubbles and the silver fish, I could imagine the relief a diver must feel: a single plunge, and all history is banished, blame lifted, anguish ended.”

Excerpt  from “A Sea Change,” one of the stories in SURVIVAL SKILLS

Published by

Jean Ryan

Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Lillian, Alabama. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She has also published a novel, LOST SISTER. Her short story collections, SURVIVAL SKILLS and LOVERS AND LONERS, are available online. STRANGE COMPANY, a collection of short nature essays, is available in paperback as well as digital and audio editions.

8 thoughts on “Greetings from the Monterey Bay Aquarium

  1. I was 18 years old, suiting up for my first ocean dive. The wetsuit, the weight belt, the oxygen tank, the face mask, and flippers made me feel heavy and very awkward. Then, the big splash off the boat! Striking silence, feeling of weightlessness, instant serenity, mixed with intense curiosity. Yes, I quickly forget the world above, and eagerly embraced the wondrous world below the ocean surface. Pure joy.

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