[VIDEO] Incredible Facts About The Ocean

Incredible Facts About The Ocean
Courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

Incredible Facts About The Ocean

  1. The top 10 feet of the ocean holds as much heat as our entire atmosphere. (SaveTheSea.org)
  2. Less than 10% of the Earth’s oceans have been explored by humans. (SaveTheSea.org)
  3. At the deepest point of the ocean, water pressure is more than 8 tons per square inch – the equivalent of a fully-grown adult attempting to hold 50 jumbo jet. (SaveTheSea.org)
  4. The blue whale is the ocean’s largest living creature. Its heart is the size of an average Volkswagen car. (SaveTheSea.org)
  5. Over the last 10,000 years, the ocean level has risen by 330 feet (110 meters). (SaveTheSea.org)
  6. Every year, 14 billion lbs. (6 billion kg) of waste is thrown into the ocean, most of it plastic. (Helen Orme)
  7. If we could capture 0.1% of the ocean’s kinetic energy caused by tides, we could meet the world’s energy requirements 5 times over. (UK Marine Foresight Panel)
  8. The world’s oceans contain nearly 20 million tons of gold. If all of it could be extracted and shared equally around the global population, each person would own 9 lbs. of gold, which equates to more than $168,000 with current gold prices. (National Ocean Service)
  9. Every year, 10,000 shipping containers are lost in the world’s oceans, 10% of which contain toxic chemicals that could leak into the oceans. (Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)
  10. Harold Hackett, a resident of Prince Edward Island in Canada, has thrown more than 8,000 bottled messages into the ocean since 1996. He has received 4,300 responses. (CBC News)
  11. By 2050, it is expected that the weight of discarded plastic in the world’s oceans will exceed the combined weight of fish inhabiting the oceans. (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
  12. Out of the 500+ species of shark to have been discovered only 68 are known to have bitten humans or considered potentially dangerous, while in a typical year, sharks bite 70 people worldwide (less than 1 out of every 100 million). (International Shark Attack File)
  13. The highest tide in the world can be found at the Bay of Fundy in Canada, with a low-to-high tide difference of 16.3 meters, which is greater than the height of a typical 3-story building. (National Ocean Service)
  14. If all the world’s ice melted, the oceans would rise by 66 meters, which would create the discernible possibility of entire countries (e.g. Netherlands) of becoming lost to the sea. (National Geographic)

SOURCE: The Water Filter Men (http://thewaterfiltermen.ie/)

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