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Exploring the Ocean Blue: Fun Facts about the oceans of the Earth. Share some of these amazing facts with family and friends!


Coral has been used to repair bones in humans!


Blue Whales can weigh as much as 30 elephants and are as long as three Greyhound buses! Its heart is about the size of a Volkswagen!


The highest wave ever recorded hit near Lituya Glacier in Alaska in 1958. It was 1740 ft. high!


Wondering how many marine species exist? According to World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), at least 212,906!


Scientists say the jellyfish is older than the dinosaurs dating back at least 650 million years ago!


Did you know that a dolphin sleeps with one eye open and with only half its brain.


The highest tides occur in the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia,Canada, reaching 53 ft. high!(http://www.buzzle.com/articles/ocean-facts.html )


The Ring of Fire located in the Pacific Ocean is the largest zone of active volcanoes on the sea floor. 75% of the world's volcanoes are here!

There are 25,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean!


On April 17, 2013, a bottlewashed up on the shores of a beach in the country of Croatia. It had been thrown into the sea in Nova Scotia, Canada....4000 miles away! Scientists say it probably traveled 5x that in its 28 years at sea!

Great Britain(2013) is building the world's largest wave farm. It will power about 30,000 homes.

A fish thought be be extinct for 60 million years was caught alive by fisherman off the southern coast of Africa in 1938. Called a coelacanth, the fish has been around for 300 million years.Iloveindia.com

If you measure the tallest mountain from the sea floor up, Mt. Everest isn't the record holder.! The highest mountain would be Mauna Kea, in Hawaii. It is 33,474 ft from the ocean floor but only 13, 680 ft. above sea level.

Need light? An electric eel can make enough electricity to run about 10 light bulbs!(all-that-is-interesting.com/amazing-facts-ocean-animals)

The longest mountain range on Earth is found in the Atlantic Ocean,from Antarctica to Iceland!

There is so much salt in the ocean that if all the salt was dried and collect, it would cover all the continents with 5 ft. of salt!


There is enough gold in the world's oceans for each person on the planet to have almost nine pounds of gold!http://www.buzzle.com/articles/oceanography-facts.html

You can see the world's largest reef, the Great Barrier Reef,in Australia,(1616 miles long) from outer space!http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/greatbarrierreef.html

The earth has an estimated 315,000 miles of coastlines...that's enough miles to go 12 times around the Equator!




Want to learn more about the Ocean? Check out my resource at my TpT Store: Learn lots of fun facts with this Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Web quest.There are 9 informative web questions. Fun Facts, comprehension questions,extension activities,links.Use as part of a unit on oceans,a Friday activity for a Friday or before a vacation.Skills include:reading for information and using research/computer skills.Exploring the Ocean Blue:Webquest(Extension Activities)

Learn about Jacques Cousteau with this Reader's Theater Script: Oceanographer, photographer,filmmaker, scientist, writer, inventor, Cousteau spent his life studying the oceans and the marine life that lived in the oceans. His books and films on his studies sparked much interest in our oceans and created an awareness about the need for marine conservation. Part of my Ms. Bie Ografee Talk Show Series where Jacques Cousteau is a guest on her talk show and answers questions of her studio audience. There are 10 audience questioners, a Did You Know? section, comprehension questions, a teacher section with extension activities, links and the key:Jacques Cousteau: A Reader's Theater Script


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