Under the Sea

Volume 15 Issue 1, September 2015

We all come into this world swimming.
It seems fitting, as beings whose home planet is mostly covered in water, that our very first home is the amniotic fluid of our mothers’ wombs. Even as we grow, our bodies are still mostly comprised of water: a tiny piece of the ocean we each carry inside.
As intimately connected as we are with our waters, our relationship with them is com- plicated. Not only are oceans places of life-giving beauty, but also of incredible danger. After thousands of years of documented exploration, there’s still so much that remains to be known about the watery spaces on our planet. Our collective storytelling past is littered with tales
of sea monsters, terrifying storms and apocalyptic floods—not to mention little mermaids. I think everyone who has ever been to the ocean has stood on the shore and gazed out to the seemingly infinite blue with trepidation and imagination, like our ancestors have for genera- tions.
With all their vastness, oceans are places of liberation. Holidayers and refugees alike flock to the coasts seeking some form of escape. More so, oceans are havens for the unusual, the weird, even the criminal. Where else could jellyfish, sea cucumbers, and pirates coexist?
In this issue, we’re most interested in what lies under the surface—and not necessarily in
a literal sense. Though our title may evoke connections to Disney songs (and if you’ve already been caught humming to yourself, don’t worry, I have too!), it’s more than that. It’s something floating, churning, just out of sight beneath the waves. Whatever memories the ocean stirs up for you—family vacations, beach campfires with friends, quiet existentialism—I hope you find something in this issue that resonates with your own depths. Let’s dive in.

Carina Rampelt