Tweet for the oceans

Standard Page - 10 January, 2012
Our oceans are a truly wonderful place - here are a few random facts you may or may not know about them...


The top 3m (10ft) of the ocean hold as much heat as our entire atmosphere. #oceans
The average depth of the ocean is more than four kilometres (2.5 miles). #oceans
The Great Barrier Reef, measuring 2,000 km, is the largest living structure on Earth. #oceans
The largest waterfall on Earth is under water, in the Denmark Strait (between Iceland and Greenland).
Shark attacks kill between 8-12 people each year. People kill between 20-100 million sharks each year.
Falling coconuts kill 150 people each year, 15 times the number of deaths attributable to sharks. #oceans
80% of life on earth is under the ocean. Only 10% has been explored. #oceans
Antarctica has as much ice as the Atlantic Ocean has water. #oceans
Air pollution is responsible for 33% of the toxic contaminants that end up in #oceans & coastal waters.
Each year, 3 times as much trash is dumped into the world's oceans as the weight of fish caught from them.
Between 500,000 and 10 million species live in the deep sea, many of them yet to be discovered. #oceans
Less than one percent of the world's seamounts – mountains under the sea - have been explored. #oceans
It can take up to 1,000 years for plastic bottles to break up in the ocean. #oceans
It can take up to two years for a cigarette to break down in the ocean. #oceans
A single shark may use as many as 30,000 teeth throughout the course of its life. #oceans
The #Arctic produces 10,000-50,000 icebergs annually. #oceans
Plastics make up more than half of all of the trash dumped by people at sea and on coastlines. #oceans
It has been calculated that a single breath from a mature blue whale can inflate up to 2000 balloons.
There are 1,642,047,708,000,000,000,000 litres of water in the ocean. #oceans
The Albatross has a wing span of 3.5 m and only needs to land once every couple of years to breed.
The Royal albatross flies an estimated 190,000km every year. #oceans
More than 100,000 albatrosses are killed by long-line fishing gear ever year. #oceans
Sharks can replace their teeth as often as every nine days. #oceans
The oceans cover 71% of the Earth's surface and contain 97% of the Earth's free water. #oceans
Between 1985 and 95, shrimp farmers used 36 million tones of wild fish to produce 7.2m tones of shrimp.