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To not know whether the ocean really has a 'midnight zone'

(47 Posts)
Chumpster Thu 24-Jan-13 16:18:07

I've heard about it a lot on Octonauts, but is it real? Does anyone know?

adeucalione Thu 24-Jan-13 16:19:10

I think it's the very deepest layer of the ocean, where the sunlight never reaches.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Thu 24-Jan-13 16:19:37

Never heard of Octonauts or the Midnight Zone. Sounds very scientific. I will be watching with interest, I might get educated!

It's in a Dr Seuss book we've got too. A quick google suggests it's real. The creatures on octonauts are all real, so it make sense that the ocean zones would be too.

AllYoursBabooshka Thu 24-Jan-13 16:22:17

Apparently it's the bit just before the Abyss.

Everyday is a school day, noh?

PoppadomPreach Thu 24-Jan-13 16:23:01

On know this will sound snippy, but surely the answer to your question is not posting on a forum like MN, but by simply doing a google search?

I don't mean to sound snippy, just thought I'd point out a faster way to find an answer to any of your Octonautical queries. wink

AllYoursBabooshka Thu 24-Jan-13 16:23:05
AllYoursBabooshka Thu 24-Jan-13 16:25:49


People need to post these questions, otherwise I would never learn any random interesting facts.

Plus, its something to chat about.

sleepyhead Thu 24-Jan-13 16:32:25

Are you seriously suggesting that a marine biologist of Captain Barnacles' stature would use incorrect terminology? [Shock]

fuzzypicklehead Thu 24-Jan-13 16:34:48

Oooh, that was educational! I thought the midnight zone was the deepest bit inside the trench. I feel so much wiser now.

Chumpster Thu 24-Jan-13 16:38:02

Well, I didn't like to question captain barnacles and I have learnt a lot about marine life on octonauts, but there was something about the term 'midnight zone' that didn't ring true. But I should have known to trust captain b.

I know I could have googled, but I thought maybe there were other people that have wondered but had other priorities that got in the way of finding out. They can now just check this thread.

Dory and Marlin have to drop into it to get the mask back in Finding Nemo, the Lantern fish that chases them, does actually live there.

The only mistake was that they couldn't have survived the temperature, but it is a easy way to impart abit of knowledge whilst watching the film.

urbanproserpine Thu 24-Jan-13 17:06:01

if you want to see another really great illustration (the kids loved it) heres another linky

Chumpster Thu 24-Jan-13 17:07:33

Dd finds films a bit scary so haven't seen nemo. She likes the familiarity of cbeebies. And I like octonauts even more now my lingering doubt has been cleared up!

Chumpster Thu 24-Jan-13 17:09:30

Thanks urban!

Osmiornica Thu 24-Jan-13 17:11:41

I had to look something up the other day as I wasn't convinced it was real .. it was though. It was a fish called humahumanukanukaapuaa. I can't even say it .. my children can though.

urbanproserpine Thu 24-Jan-13 17:13:05

I love Octonauts. Its so beautiful to look at. Compared to bloody 'Everything's Rosie' its a brilliant example of computer animation done well.

And its not obviously aimed at boys or girls.
And its informative to us adults.
And its well written and not preachy.
Five stars!

AllYoursBabooshka Thu 24-Jan-13 17:50:00

I would assume anyone trying to pronounce humahumanukanukaapuaa was having a stroke and ring 999 Osmiornica.

<tries and fails>

Chumpster Thu 24-Jan-13 18:34:26

Agreed. It's not preachy and just right level of excitement for pre schoolers. I feel like I would get on ok with an octonaut if they were real and I'm afraid I can't say that about rosie and friends.
I'm worried that I'm coming across as an octonaut obsessive, so would like to state I'm not, just replying to posts!

IgnoringTheChildren Thu 24-Jan-13 20:09:35

It was the "Blob fish" episode that first had me questioning the scientific accuracy of the Octonauts! Everything I've doubted has turned to be based on real creatures and terminology.

I still struggle with the idea of a polar bear, cat, penguin, rabbit, monkey, dog and octopus all being roughly the same size and getting along so well with one another. wink And don't even get me started on the vegimals... hmm

Fakebook Thu 24-Jan-13 20:15:43

Never heard of Octonauts or the Midnight Zone. Sounds very scientific.

Aaw, that's a very sweet and gullible post.

FeistyLass Thu 24-Jan-13 20:20:44

I have googled most of the fish and the terminology in the Octonauts blush . I have learnt so much and I love it, especially now ds knows Kwazii's scary stories aren't real and we don't have to hide behind a cushion for those parts anymore.

FeistyLass Thu 24-Jan-13 20:22:55

And I love the regional accents. Ds couldn't understand why I was laughing so much at the bouncer fish (not their technical name!) protecting the algae grin

Lueji Thu 24-Jan-13 20:47:03

To pronounce the name of the fish you can decompose it into sections that are also repeated:

Huma huma nuka nuka apuaa

Easy. ;)

MumWithCamera Thu 24-Jan-13 21:01:14

"Are you seriously suggesting that a marine biologist of Captain Barnacles' stature would use incorrect terminology? [Shock]"

Brilliant! grin

And I love Octonauts too. So much more interesting than Everything's Rosie, Driver Dan, and a multitude of other stuff that I can't bear to watch...

PeppermintCreams Thu 24-Jan-13 21:03:44

If you read the original octonauts story books that the tv show is based on they have lots of made creatures.

Everything in Th tv show is real though even the octopod.

FarrahFawcettsFlick Thu 24-Jan-13 21:11:16

If you can get this - do. It's amazing, especially episode 2 'The Deep'. A bit old for pre-schoolers, but my DS (6) loves it and it is fantastic to watch.

<marry me David>

kim147 Thu 24-Jan-13 21:13:17

Wet playtime at school yesterday.

So we watched Octonauts.

"Creature report, creature report, creature report"

DS has gone off them now and prefers Deadly 60. But confirms there is a midnight zone. Could no doubt identify animals living in there. He was obsessed by it.

SomeKindOfDeliciousBiscuit Thu 24-Jan-13 23:34:48

DH and I love Octonauts. We assume DD thinks it's ok.

I was listening very closely and Capt. Barnacles is a Yorkshire man polar bear. The odd vowel sound slipped through and I went "aha!"


noblegiraffe Fri 25-Jan-13 00:28:03

Captain Barnacles is voiced by the same guy who does Aleksander Meerkat. Simples.

Dd was going on about the twilight zone, and midnight zone in the ocean the other day, she's been watching a kids TV show about it. Kratts creatures seasquwatch episode.

GothAnneGeddes Fri 25-Jan-13 00:50:18

Noblegiraffe - there's a bit of worthwhile triva! Wonder what his "real" voice is like?

sleepyhead Fri 25-Jan-13 13:28:56

He's Simon Greenall who played Michael in "I'm Alan Partridge" (the Geordie ex Army guy.). I thought I could here a bit of Scottish in Cpt Barnacles, but as Simon Greenall is from the Cumberland area it's probably a short vowel northern thing.

I wonder if he did the Geordie lobsters as well?

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Thumbwitch Fri 25-Jan-13 13:48:46

DS1 (5) loves the Octonauts. I'm pretty impressed with them too - especially when they came up with the fish-with-the-massive-name (aka the reef triggerfish)!

Arithmeticulous Fri 25-Jan-13 13:54:08

I will admit that before I knew better there's been a couple of creatures on there that I scorned as being obviously completely made up blush because some things aren't real (vegimals, Octopod/warp drive issues) and I assumed some of the creatures were also made up.

DS2 loves the vegimals. He wishes they were real.

Shellington Sun 27-Jan-13 12:46:12

Fans here too (does it show?! grin )

Just wanted to add, The Works has Octonauts books in atm for 99p each smile
The only one I suggest flicking through to check for suitability first is "Sea of Shade" - gorgeous pictures, weird story - the rest are all episode-based (Decorator Crab, Giant Squid etc)

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 27-Jan-13 14:33:44

If it's on the Octonauts it must be true.

turkeyboots Sun 27-Jan-13 14:45:24

The original books have made up sea monsters in them, like the "only lonely monster" and as above the "sea of shade" is an odd little story. But they are great!

andtheycalleditbunnylove Sun 27-Jan-13 16:24:23

daughter showed me some octonauts last night - my first ever trip into the midnight zone. it was ok, but the best bit was grandaughter (14mo) deciding to sit next to me on the sofa for a few minutes. smile

GilmoursPillow Sun 27-Jan-13 17:02:01

urban thank you for the BBC link, I found it fascinating (so I at least am glad the OP posted this!)

Living Sun 27-Jan-13 18:54:17

We went to a talk by a marine biologist who spends his life tracking whale sharks; our 3 year old watched the whale shark episode of octonauts the next day. Scarily accurate.

But am I the only one who feels a but uncomfortable that the rabbit sits there eating carrots next to the giant carrot animal things?

elfycat Sun 27-Jan-13 18:57:40

I think the animal stuff on Octonauts is pretty good. Their attitude to Health and Safety and their diving safety is somewhat more suspect.....

Shellington Sun 27-Jan-13 19:01:28

grin Living
Cap' is on a bit of a power trip, most episodes, but is a likeable chap.

EndoplasmicReticulum Sun 27-Jan-13 19:16:45

Oh and if anyone is after Octonaut books they usually have loads on the Book People with lots of money off.

piprabbit Sun 27-Jan-13 19:20:32

elfycat - you are right. Slapping a pair of ear defenders over the top of your diving helmet is not going to protect you at all from a snapping shrimp.

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