Exploring the SCP Foundation: Aquatic SCPs

Aquatic SCPs. Fear of deep water and the things
that may lurk beneath an ocean’s surface is a common enough phobia, and has been for quite
a long time. Throughout history, humanity has told folk tales of gigantic sea monsters
roaming the world’s oceans, and this has pervaded much of modern fiction as well. From Leviathan
to Cthulhu, we’ve been both fascinated and mystified by the depths of the sea, and as
you might expect, the SCP universe is rife with aquatic horrors and anomalies. In fact,
there are dozens of SCPs with the aquatic tag, and so this video will only look at a
handful of the more interesting and popular ones, excluding ones i’ve already touched
upon, like scp-3000. One of the most basic but well known aquatic
scps is scp-169, the leviathan. 169 is a massive marine creature of unknown size that was first
discovered by the foundation after observing an archipelago that had shifted at least 3
kilometers from its original location. Further investigation revealed the archipelago to
be the protrusions of rock-like plates that covered an enormous organic mass. The foundation
estimates that 169 is somewhere between 2000 and 8000 kilometers in length, but aside from
that, they know very little about it. It seems to be adrift in the southern atlantic ocean,
moving less than a kilometer per week, and it breathes once every few months, causing
seismic tremors in the archipelago. The foundation goes through their typical efforts to conceal
awareness of 169, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S.
managed to pick up an underwater sound that the foundation believes was created by 169.
The sound was leaked to the media, and is now pretty well known as the bloop. Well, a nice little early scp, but let’s look
at some weirder stuff. I haven’t really discussed the odd group of interest known as Are We
Cool Yet?, but they’re responsible for this next scp, scp-1057. Are We Cool Yet? like
a handful of other groups of interests, are responsible for creating some anomalies, but
their angle is that of anomalous artists. They create anomalies that are meant to be
viewed as art pieces, often with a message or meaning behind them. This doesn’t always
mean the art pieces are safe though. SCP-1057 is an empty space in the shape and size of
an adult tiger shark. It displaces water as if there were a shark in the space, but insertion
of objects into the space seem to reveal that there’s nothing there, although this does
anger 1057. Behaviorally, the empty space acts like a typical tiger shark, but any food
it consumes disappears except for the flourescent dyes the foundation feeds it, which outline
a digestive and circulatory system. 1057 was first found in a public swimming pool after
killing two swimmers and mutilating a lifeguard. Five other people were killed in the ensuing
panic. Examination of the pool area afterwards by foundation agents found a handwritten note
on the bulletin board reading, “Panic means that the idea of a shark can be more dangerous
than an actual shark. It can even be more dangerous than no shark at all. Are we cool
yet?” Speaking of aquatic creatures you can’t see,
scp-2256 was a species of massive sea creatures that grew to over 1000 meters in height, resembling
spindly, vertically elongated giraffes with dish shaped feet. They would roam the South
Pacific Ocean alone or in groups as large as 2000. Their primary anomalous trait, aside
from their size, was their antimemetic quality, a sort of camouflage that inhibited other
sentient beings from perceiving or remembering their presence. They rarely approached land
despite this protection, but due to their size, if one were capable of perceiving them,
they could see part of the creatures sticking out of the water. The natives of an island
in Polynesia used a substance for both recreational and religious purposes that functioned as
a mnestic, the opposite of an amnestic, allowing them to see the creatures. They believed the
creatures to be spirits sent by the gods to maintain the horizon and prevent the sea and
the sky from mixing. Although they were seen as friendly and well-meaning creatures, they
didn’t always do their job, resulting in storms and typhoons. The foundation eventually learned
of 2256’s existence, and began an investigation. They learned that this antimemetic quality
extended to any records kept about the creatures, in varying degrees. Photographs didn’t capture
them at all, and the negatives quickly faded into transparency, along with videos, audio
recordings, scans, etc. 2256’s population began to decline in the years afterwards,
and eventually the foundation created a field generator that allowed a conventional photograph
to be taken. The creature photographed instantly died, and so it seems that observation of
the creatures seems to be directly harmful to them, and the foundation’s investigations
were causing their population to die off. By the time the foundation decided to drastically
scale back observation of the creatures it was too late, and the last of 2256 died a
few years later. The recorded information about the creatures kept by the foundation
is also decaying, as their antimemetic effect spread, and it seems that in a few years,
no information about the extinct species will exist. That’s pretty sad, so let’s switch back to
horror. SCP-1128 is an entity that appears as a large aquatic predator, but only after
someone is given a full description of its appearance, verbally, written, or in a picture.
Once someone is aware of exactly what 1128 looks like, if they are ever fully submerged
in water, they will disappear, regardless of the depth of the water. In most cases,
they will reappear moments later, panicking and frantically trying to leave the water.
They report that they were transported to a vast ocean where they were chased by scp-1128.
In cases where the individual doesn’t reappear, the water will become filled with blood and
debris matching the individual’s remains. Amnestics are enough to treat people infected
with this condition, as it forces them to forget the entity’s appearance. The foundation
infected a d-class and sent them in, recording their experience. We really learn two things
from their experiments: that the entity is large enough to eat whales, and that infected
individuals are being transported to an actual location on earth, that is now being quarantined
by the foundation. Repeated testing with the same d-class showed that the effect became
gradually stronger, causing the d-class to see the entity in practically any body of
water. Eventually, the d-class was violently pulled into a glass of water somehow, and
no remains were recovered. Another sea creature with an interesting defense
mechanism is scp-252, a subspecies of humboldt squid that’s noticeably smaller than average.
They lack an ink sack, and instead have an increased density of chromatophores, cells
in the skin that are capable of producing rapidly varying colors. When threatened or
agitated, 252 will use these cells to convince observers that it has altered its body into
a gigantic aquatic creature up to 75 meters tall. It will seem to grow a large number
of appendages, ranging from tentacles, to insectoid pincers, to humanoid arms and legs
ending in talons. There will also be a cluster of tentacles around its mouth. Pretty much
all animal life will proceed to instantly flee from 252, potentially harming themselves
in the process, and will very likely develop a phobia of cephalopods in the aftermath.
Even video footage of 252 is noted as being moderately frightening, although the effect
doesn’t quite work the same, and comes off as appearing fake. The foundation at first
was convinced that 252 was a highly dangerous and destructive anomaly, but after learning
about its effect, have now reclassified them as safe, not even bothering to hunt down any
others in the wild. Perhaps the most notable aquatic scp aside
from 3000 is scp-835, but i’ll warn you that it’s definitely a little bit gross, and certainly
dark. 835 appears to be a large mass of coral-like polyps weighing in excess of 100 tons. It
is incapable of moving, but it uses a number of large tentacles projecting from the polyps
to anchor itself, as well as to gather food. These tentacles are coated with a sticky adhesive
substance, and are strong enough to damage plate steel. 835’s mass is extremely hard,
requiring diamond drills to even take samples, and is continuing to grow in mass by 50 pounds
per day. It is susceptible to many chemicals however, which the foundation is using to
halt its growth. Several times per day, 835 emits a large amount of semi-liquid material
consisting of semi-digested solids, fecal matter, and seminal fluid, and also containing
several forms of bacteria, viruses, and parasites, many unique to 835. These seem to cause some
sort of pretty bad infection, as it’s the foundation main reason for containing 835,
and they’re concerned that if they crack open 835, there would be a great outburst of this
slurry. Rather than getting a log of some hapless
d-class getting thrown inside of it, we instead get an after action report written by an MTF
member when 835 was first retrieved from an ocean. It only had a mass of 4 tons at the
time, and so a team of four from MTF Zeta-9, Mole Rats, was sent in to check it out. The
report is being written up by the team leader, Lieutenant C, and they state that 835 was
not hostile during their initial approach, allowing the team to begin investigating its
exterior. The youngest team member, Corporal H, was ordered to stay outside 835 while the
others checked out what they thought to be the entrance to the entity. He soon alerted
the others with cries for help, saying that he was being dragged by the tentacles towards
some sort of mouth. The lieutenant’s professionalism breaks down at this point while writing about
how the corporal was just a kid on his first mission, and they should’ve kept an eye on
him. The thing the others thought was an entrance turned out to be just a cave, while the real
entrance to 835 was a big polyp on one end. Other agents topside tried to activate a winch
to pull the corporal out, but the wire snapped and he was pulled into 835. Some data is expunged,
but it seems the lieutenant attempted to grab the corporal and have topside pull them both
out, but this also failed, and now both are inside 835. The lieutenant describes the experience
as like when a doctor shoves a camera up inside of someone, and says that some sort of muscular
contractions are pushing the two of them further in. They were held tight enough that they
couldn’t move, and if not for their hard suits they would have been easily crushed. The corporal
had vomited in his suit, and was sobbing. The lieutenant calculates at their current
rate of movement, they’ll come out the other side in 72 hours, assuming they did, but they’d
be dead before then if the powered heating went out in their suits. The bottom of the
ocean is pretty cold, and so they needed to turn their heaters down to minimal power to
prolong it for as long as possible. They spent a day like that, unable to move a muscle,
near freezing. The corporal started talking again, but the data is again expunged. About
24 hours in, they reached something akin to a stomach, and they turned their suits back
to full power as they fell into a chamber big enough for the two of them to fit comfortably.
Unfortunately, this chamber seemed to contain a caustic agent that began burning through
their suits, so they quickly made for what the lieutenant calls a sphincter. They also remark that the stomach insides
were lined with something, but the data is again expunged, and they are pulled by the
corporal through the sphincter. They fall into a place apparently worse than the stomach,
filled with something quite awful, enough to squick out the lieutenant so badly they
almost passed out. The opening on the other side was closed shut, so they waited there
until it would open up. Much more data is expunged, the lieutenant wrestles with something,
tentacles are involved, and then the lieutenant was expelled out of 835 back into the ocean.
A couple more things are expunged at the end of the report, and that’s that. Obviously,
we want to know a lot more about what happened, and fortunately we have access to the original
files. We learn a few new things in the uncensored
document about the containment procedures and qualities of 835. The foundation feeds
the entity twice a day, typically other aquatic species, but it seems that 835 is capable
of entering a hostile rage state. This is apparently a big enough deal that they’ve
authorized the feeding of humans to 835, which calm it down. More disturbing, 835 itself
is composed of basic human biological components, with the shell being formed from super-dense
calcium, the hard caps on the polyps coated with tooth enamel, and its tentacles formed
from mutated tongue cells. Most of a human’s biological systems are present throughout
the entity, but they showcase extreme mutation, and the digestive and reproductive systems
are linked to one another. Most alarming however, are the effects of that infectious slurry
that 835 keeps spitting out. If a vertebrate animal comes into contact with this slurry,
they’ll generally proceed to undergo a series of symptoms. They’ll begin to increase in
weight, generally 10 to 20 pounds a day, and feel constant hunger, as well as an urge to
consume odd items, including raw meat, grass, and wood. Their skin will begin to calcify
and harden, and polyps will form across their body. They will become more aggressive as
their intelligence and mobility decrease, and they will develop an urge to enter sea
water as most of their biological systems atrophy. In the end, they’ll become another
835 entity in 68% of cases, and the foundation has yet to find a way to halt this process.
This is their main cause for concern with 835, as an unchecked spread of that infectious
slurry could result in a world ending scenario. Finally, we have the uncensored after action
report, which reveals a few more horrible details. The lieutenant is revealed to be
female, and while inside of the stomach area of 835, she saw that it was lined with human
faces, each of them screaming and begging for her to kill them. She pulled out her gun
and started shooting them before the corporal dragged her away. While the two waited to
be dumped out of 835, the corporal began complaining about an awful smell, and she checked his
suit, finding a hole in it. She patched it, and told him not to worry about it, but then
noticed red things growing on his face. They soon began to burst, splattering blood across
his faceplate, and he proceeded to scream and beg the lieutenant to shoot him. She put
the gun to his head, but she had used up all her ammo shooting at the faces in the stomach.
Tentacles burst out of his face and grabbed her, trying desperately to find a way into
her suit. She managed to kick the corporal back into the stomach area where he proceeded
to melt, and he admitted he loved her before dying. She confesses at the end of the log
that her suit didn’t make it out intact, and she didn’t even notice until she made it back
to her room and saw red blotches across her skin. She finishes by telling her superiors
to not bother with decontaminating the ship she’s on, but instead just destroy it and
leave the wreck on top of the entity so that her and the corporal can be together, just
like he wanted. The sea holds many wonders, some fascinating,
some terrifying, some mystifying, and some dangerous. This goes for both the scp universe,
as you can see, as well as our own world. From the early days of humanity where sailors
would spread grand tales about the sea in both drunken exuberance as well as hushed
whispers, to our modern world of underwater expeditions and seafloor mapping, the oceans
still hold their mysteries. Although there aren’t nearly as many SCPs beneath the sea
level as above it, I hope I’ve at least showcased some interesting ones.

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