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Great and awesome world records about the Ocean

Updated on May 16, 2011
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Great and awesome world records about the ocean

(Today is the fifth anniversary (December 26, 2009) of the “tsunami” -- tidal wave that killed almost 230,000 people in twelve countries around Indian Ocean in Asia.)

I was interested about ocean suddenly maybe because I miss the Philippines, home to 7,107 islands and bounded by the Pacific Ocean in the west and different seas separating it from China, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. I miss the beaches too. What I did today is to research about some awesome and fantastic ocean records that have been held.

Facts about ocean:

  • Water covers about 71% of the world, now we all know that.
  • There are almost 25,000 different kinds of fish in the oceans and they are like discovering almost 300 other fishes every year.
  • It is home to the biggest animal in the world, the blue whale.
  • Its color is blue because of sky color, and it is salty because when water goes to river it picks salt from the rocks and soil and transported it back to the ocean and then it will not precipitate and stay there as it becomes saltier everyday.

Great and awesome world records about the Ocean

  • The biggest ocean in the world which is as large as almost half the other four oceans combined is the Pacific Ocean, then Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic Oceans--which has been known as the fifth ocean since 2000.
  • The first dog to scuba dived up to 13 feet and is accompanied by the owner -- Dwayne Folsom
  • Deepest dive by a whale is in the Caribbean Sea to a depth 0f 6,500 feet in one hour and 13 minutes.
  • The hardest bite known to a shark can crushed ten cars and it is measured by shark-bite meter.
  • The Atlantic giant squid has the biggest eyes in any animal and the size is 15.75 inches in diameter as big as an extra large pizza
  • The longest seaweed is 200 feet in the Pacific Ocean
  • In 1909 a giant sponge was found in the Bahamas and it weighed almost 90 pounds (it is located now at National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C)
  • The biggest crustacean is the Japanese spider crab and it measure 10 to 12 inches and legs are up to 9 inches long
  • The heaviest bony fish is the ocean sunfish and is 4,400 lbs. and the largest fish in the ocean is the whale shark and the biggest so far caught in the Indian Ocean in 1949 and is almost 42 feet.
  • The biggest animal to ever live on earth is the blue whale which weighs almost 352,000 pounds (equivalent to 27 adult elephants) and the sound of it is louder than a jet engine, (188 decibels). Scientist was able to hear a blue whale’s call up to 530 miles away. And they can sing alright,
  • The highest jumper among dolphins observed is up to 26 feet. Dolphins have been trained to help the US ships safe from enemy swimmer s during the Vietnam War, they can also find mines in the water. They also were used in Iraq to patrol its waters helping to keep US boats afloat also.

 

Whale shark or "butanding" which are docile and you can  swim with them at Sorsogon Island, Philippines, photo courtesy of http://www.kansaiscene.com/2006_07/images/travel_shark2.jpg
Whale shark or "butanding" which are docile and you can swim with them at Sorsogon Island, Philippines, photo courtesy of http://www.kansaiscene.com/2006_07/images/travel_shark2.jpg

 

Butanding or whale shark in the Philippines:

I will also promote Sorsogon, Albay --PHILIPPINES -- home of thousands of whale sharks which are docile and you can swim with them safely. You can either swim with the sharks or you can ride a boat, and then the shark swim alongside boats. Isnt that an awesome experience?

It is located Southern part in the Philippines and is accessible almost an hour away by airplane from Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

 

Sources:

Sorsogon, Albay tourism

Guiness World Records

Guiness World Records: Awesome Ocean Records: Compiled by Laurie Calkhoven and Ryan Herndon, Scholastic Inc., 2005. USA.

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    • PaperNotes profile image

      PaperNotes 

      7 years ago

      Hi Ms. Maita, yes indeed there really are great things to miss about the Philippines and not just its lovely ocean and captivating beaches...

      I honestly am not a lover of the beach per se. I only love to look at amazing ocean scenery and reading about new ocean discoveries and other articles about the sea such as your hub.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Oh Dolores, I miss the philippines, and its 7000 almost islands, I love the ocean too, Are you far from any beaches? its winter in this side of the world, hmmmmm. Thanks for dropping by, Maita

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      So many interesting facts, prettydarkhorse. I love the ocean - its beauty and mystery, love to hear it, watch the waves break, and love to swim in the surf.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hey Shari, One day we will go to the Philippines and we will visit all the nice beaches there, Best to you, Maita

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      Shari 

      8 years ago from New York, NY

      Maita . . . I love to learn new things and as a wave out on the ocean ;) I truly felt right at home here, Sending you lots of love and light ~Shari

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks once more Truth, I like taking pics and I am glad you like them. Maita

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      Truth From Truth 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Maita, I enjoyed the interesting facts, I would love to be in a warm Ocean myself right now. your pictures were really nice.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thanks habee, Maita

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      C*O*O*L hub!!! I LOVE the ocean!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Russ, oh that was an experience for you, must be scary, but the one here in the picture is from the southern island in the Philippines and the sharks are friendly and docile, you can play with them too,

      thank you for dropping by and you have a good day, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi float, thank you for your comments, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      yes lyrics I have the same feeling too when I am in the middle of the sea, it is very solemn, nice but when I look at down below the waters it scares me, the darkness below, and maybe bacause I cant swim too, thanks lyrics, Maita

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      lyricsingray 

      8 years ago

      I have always loved the water and feared it at the same time. Great Hub Girl. Thumbs up from me. Thanks, Kimberly

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      floating mind 

      8 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Nice hub with a lot of fun facts.

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      Rascal Russ Miles 

      8 years ago from Show Low, AZ USA

      The ocean IS cool, Sweet Maita. At least in the tropics. I've had but one bad experience with a shark, GIANT Hammerhead in the Carribean. I'll keep this short. You always keep Hubs so sweet.

      Good Day. Russ

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      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Great Hub again pdh, whoa, the tsunami in 2004, if my memory serves right is indeed devastating thank our country spared from it... Keep Hubbing well my dear pdh... I see your works as very useful and rich in info... :D

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      RevLady 

      8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Great informative hub as usual. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you.

      Forever His,

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi coolmon, nice that you like this one, I remember your hub about the Caribean, and the beaches there,

      thank you for dropping by here, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Jersey, nice that you like this hub, thank you, Maita

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      Coolmon2009 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good information enjoyable reading

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      Jersey Jess 

      8 years ago from USA

      Great Hub, I loved reading it!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thanks ehern, I am glad you love this hub, I find the bodies of water very filfilling tothe soul yes, and ity gives some hope and the wonder of the vastness is evident of HIM,

      thanks as always! have fun, Maita

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      ehern33 

      8 years ago

      Loved this hub, I enjoy the wonders of the sea. For me it is so soothing to the soul..

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Dohn, I am glad you enjoyed this hub, I know it is snowing there and a plunge in the warm ocean is good LOL<

      thank you,

      Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hey wolf, thank you for dropping by, is it snowing already in your place?

      thank you, Maita

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I enjoyed reading this, Maita, as I like reading about fun and interesting facts. This was perfect on a day like today. Thanks again!

      Dohn

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      wolfpack5 

      8 years ago from Alberta Canada

      very nice hub my friend, great info on the subjects... :)

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