Monsters from the Deep

"What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams"
The quote is attributed to Werner Herzog although, a well-read American colleague - Malcolm Shick - suggests he may have taken it from John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts book in Log from the Sea of Cortez (1951): " Men really need sea monsters in their personal oceans. ... An ocean without its unnamed monsters would be like a completely dreamless sleep."

The Voyage of HMS Challenger

The First Space Exploration
Woodcut of the HMS Challenger
The British set up a major expedition to look for life in a part of space about which we were totally ignorant. No, this was not in the latter part of the 20th Century; it was 100 years earlier in the late 1800s, nor was it some distant planet; it was the 90% of Earth’s oceans which at that time lay unexplored and generally regarded to be devoid of life.