It’s a dark December night, and a fierce Caribbean storm forces the Empress of the Seas cruise ship to reroute from Cuba to Jamaica. Then, out of the blackness, the crew spot a light shimmering in the middle of the ocean. And when the ship’s employees investigate the unexpected beacon, what they discover leaves them in amazement.
It’s fair to say that Earth’s oceans are pretty expansive. These watery environments cover over 65 percent of our planet’s surface, in fact, and contain millions of different species. In addition, they provide vital sustenance for people in every corner of the Earth. But despite their life-giving qualities, the oceans can certainly be extremely scary places in which to end up.
Of course, at one stage the big blue was completely uncharted. And in the early days of ocean exploration, becoming lost was almost guaranteed. Thanks to unreliable methods of navigation and inexact maps, you see, sailors could easily drift from their intended paths. Hurricanes and storms often blew old ships off course, too, or caused vessels to become stranded in some instances.