Updated version as of 3/8. All comments are appreciated and yes, I think I'm getting close to arranging deck chairs on the Southern Belle. *** Richard Ford listens in horror as he receives Southern Belle’s final transmission: a garbled rush of screams, static, then cold, dead silence. Those are his friends out there. That’s not all; without the geological survey data locked in the doomed ship’s lab, Gulfco Oil is going under, taking Rich’s career and thousands of his employees’ jobs with it. To keep Gulfco afloat, Rich hires a disaster management consultant who turns out to be his first (and only) love, Anita Morgan. He left her twenty years ago in the biggest mistake of his life. Now he’s got a second chance but at the worst possible time. Staving off corporate takeover bids while rekindling a twenty-year old flame is like parkour on roller blades, but Rich pulls it off. Together with Anita and Rich’s right-hand man (and self-proclaimed Larry the Cable Guy soundalike), Vincent Trevoy, Rich organizes a salvage mission to retrieve the lost survey data and save Gulfco. They find Southern Belle lying two-hundred miles off the Texas coast beside a mysterious, uncharted chasm. Things get weird when scores of ten-foot-long, winged sea snails emerge from the chasm to feed on the sunken ship’s steel hull. The snails seem harmless, so Vince uses a deep-sea diving suit to access Southern Belle’s lab and retrieve the data. Before he can surface, though, something big and enormously strong attacks him, and the data case falls into the chasm. While Vince is escaping, Rich and Anita discover that the giant snails aren’t so harmless after all. They’ve migrated from Southern Belle to the salvage ship and are ripping its hull to pieces as they feed. The sun sets, and more creatures appear: giant spider crabs that drag crewmembers overboard to be dismembered and a colossal leviathan that pretty much solves the mystery of what happened to Southern Belle. Now Rich has about thirty minutes to do something before Anita, Vince, and what remains of his crew join Southern Belle at the bottom of the Brazos Formation.