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Shadeep

By: Kate Savage

“Our little boat bobbed and wobbled, and I was appalled by the sheer liquidity of the water beneath us. If I stepped over the side, where would my foot rest? Water is almost nothing, after all. It is conspicuously different from air only in its tendency to flood and founder and drown, and even that difference may be relative rather than absolute.”

-Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

Patty shouts “Let’s do our face lifts!” Standing shoulder deep in the pool we lift our chins to the rafters, lips wide in a grimace. “EAY, EEE, AYE, OWE, YOU.” Patty calls this water aerobics class “Shadeep,” because it’s both shallow and deep. A class for old women, and for me.

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Quijote

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Quijote – Kenan Ince

The Loudest Mammals

By: Easton Smith

 

Whales can sing to each other across oceans. Their sound waves refract in the changing depths and temperatures of the water, which increases their speed and reach. The deep coo of the sperm whale, the loudest animal in the world, can be heard for more than a thousand miles in these “deep sound channels”. These whales push their immensity through expanses of pressured black water in solitude, hundreds of miles from their own kin; alone, but for the calls of their distant lovers.

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