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Old 11-16-2012
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What's it really like out there?

I am reading KonTiki and am really surprised by the description of the quantity and diversity of marine life that Thor and the lads are encountering in mid-ocean.
My perception was that the vast stretches of sea were pretty barren.
According to the book they are being practically swarmed by flying fish, squid, mahi mahi, sharks etc. with appearances by a whale shark (which was sadly speared in the head before it vanished beneath the waves), turtles, manta ray, swordfish, etc. etc.
If you have made a crossing, have you found such a variety and density of marine life? Or was that the 1947 standard, and the 2012 numbers are different?
I'd be interested to hear your experience (would rather experience it myself but....)
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