By Jim Lynch
One moonlit evening, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley sneaks out of his apartment and is going exploring at the tidal apartments of Puget Sound. whilst he discovers a unprecedented great squid, he immediately turns into a neighborhood phenomenon shadowed through humans curious to whether this speed-reading, Rachel Carson obsessed teen is simply an observant boy or an not likely prophet. yet Miles is de facto only a child at the verge of becoming up, infatuated with the woman round the corner, frightened that his bickering mom and dad will divorce, and frightened that every little thing, even the bay he loves, is moving clear of him. because the sea keeps to supply up discoveries from its mysterious depths, Miles struggles to accommodate the problems that attend the both mysterious means of becoming up.
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The truth is I sometimes lied about where or when I saw things, but take that little misdirection away and I saw everything I said I saw and more. Most people realize the sea covers two thirds of the planet, but few take the time to understand even a gallon of it. Watch what happens when you try to explain something as basic as the tides, that the suction of the moon and the sun creates a bulge across the ocean that turns into a slow and sneaky yet massive wave that covers our salty beaches twice a day.
I kept stepping toward the one sound I’d heard, a growing part of me hoping I’d find nothing at all. When I stopped to rest and yank up my socks, my headlamp crossed it. My first thought? A giant octopus. Puget Sound has some of the biggest octopi in the world. They often balloon to a hundred pounds. Even the great Jacques Cousteau himself came to study them. But when I saw the long tubular shape of its upper body and the tangle of tentacles below it, I knew it was more than an octopus. I came closer, within fifty feet, close enough to see its large cylindrical siphon quiver.
I offered him half of whatever we earned, which was nothing some days, days he likened to slavery. Why’d I put up with him? I wasn’t superchummy with anyone my age. My best friend was old Florence, and she never left her cabin and was getting sicker by the week. Phelps was convenient. He was the closest kid to the bay, so summers tossed us together. Plus, his gangly arms and long, strong fingers were built for clamming. We started out studying the little chimney holes in the mud through which clams siphoned and spat seawater, hunting for the telltale signs of the mighty geoduck.