25 Surprising Ocean Facts Most People Don’t Know

The terrifying mysteries underneath the ocean’s surface have compelled sailors and scientists for centuries. From how deep the ocean truly is to the many bizarre species that exist, there’s only so much we really know about it. However, what we do know might make you want to rethink your next visit to the beach. From the ocean’s supply of oxygen to its true color, these are 25 surprising ocean facts most people don’t know.


Most of the ocean is pitch black

deep seaSource: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/light_travel.html

Light can only travel 200 meters down in the ocean. Everything below that point is totally dark and called the Aphotic Zone.


95% of the ocean remains unexplored

diversSource: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/exploration.html

Despite being the life blood and largest area on Earth, 95% of the ocean remains unexplored. Meaning we haven’t even come close to discovering what lurks beneath the surface.


The ocean can crush you

plastic bottleSource: http://www.medicaldaily.com/breaking-point-how-much-water-pressure-can-human-body-take-347570

The deeper you go into the ocean the more water pressure pushes against your body, eventually crushing your internal organs. While we don’t know exactly the point where humans can’t dive, deep sea divers have reached far depths but have been known to cough up blood after coming back up, indicating their lungs were being crushed under the enormous pressure.


The ocean lives

Great_Barrier_ReefSource: http://legacy.mos.org/oceans/life/surface.html

Most of the ocean is full of sea life, including the plants, ocean reefs, and sea creatures. They’re all out there, growing, spreading, and waiting for food to come their way. So, when you’re out swimming, you’re among the living.


Ocean carries tons of bacteria

bacteriaSource: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/20/photos-seven-suprising-wa_n_686252.html

Of the ocean’s many living things is bacteria. The ocean is home to thousands of bacteria and viruses. Many are harmless but depending on what ocean you’re swimming in (more specifically what city), you could contract skin rashes, hepatitis, or staph infections.

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