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Antarctic ocean and sea voyage

Updated on May 17, 2016

Coldest Climate Sea Area

The Antarctic Ocean is said to be situated south of the 60°S latitude parallel and 5.5 million square miles in total surface area encompassing about 10 percent of the earth's total land mass, according to wikipedia and other sources. The climate there is one of the coldest on earth known to mankind, and its filled with wild life that bare their young on and across what is known as the Polar Ice Caps and physical lands as well, many of which have in recent years been disappearing which many scientist and ecologist assess as a cause due to warming of the globe.


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The Wild life of the Arctic

Taking a much closer look at this specific location, one may discover a true world that's alive and breathing. Many folks in their cozy homes may tend to forget that there is a very distinctively different real world reality, that does indeed exist out here. The Antarctic airs or strong winds called "Katabatics" can reach up to 200mph, and are chilling to the bone (The coldest recorded temperature -89.2°C (-128.6°F) was recorded back in July 1983 according to the Icecube Antarctic information website), and only the cold adapted organisms, as well as animals with the thickest skins can survival there, besides the 4000 scientists who experiment year round. There's penguins, polar bears, seals, sea lions, killer wales, walrus's, and so many other Antarctic animals, creatures and wild life that can withstand such intense frigged weather.

Then there's us humans again roaming in parts we shouldn't as always, occupying a great deal of the Antarctic territories, and have claimed victory by means of curiosity alone. In the past however our greed got the best of such an unbearable place, and the lives of much of the wild life there was carelessly taken by sea butchers, pirates and the likes, which eventually lead for it to become the world's most largest protected area for conservation of marine wild life (1.07 million km2 of territory).

There isn't an accurate number of the total animal population of the Antarctic but what is known today is that there's absolutely no indigenous population of humans to have once upon a time originated from its icy surfaces.

Since the climate has been changing so drastically over the last 25 years or so and towards more heated temperatures, the animal populations have been plunging in the Antarctic region, and mainly due to species of animals leaving certain areas they've grown accustom to. This is a major threat to their ecosystem, and also to that of the world as a whole, because if the Polar Ice Caps which represent the largest capacity of the worlds fresh waters in frozen form, if they continue to melt away entirely which is highly probable and currently is still melting at a rapid rate today. Then the sea waters is said to potentially rise to an unprecedented height of 164–197 feet, according the the Icecube South Pole Observatory, and this poses a grave threat to all of humanity and that of all its inhabitants.

Tube sponges attracting cardinal fishes, glassfishes and wrasses
Tube sponges attracting cardinal fishes, glassfishes and wrasses | Source

Diving into the Pacific Ocean

The Pacific Ocean is a great wondrous ocean filled with all assortments of amazing marine life, that many scientist known as marine biologist are so fortunate to come in contact with, and study all year round. Its their primary job, focus and life time career choice, which keeps them busy and loaded with awesome experiences to showcase for the rest of the globes eyes.

Us normal humans have been able to catch a mere glimpse into that of which they are responsible for sharing with us all, but only they know what it takes to capture such imagery, and to experience the intensity or the deep ocean blue. The Pacific is 63.8 million square miles in surface area, and is the largest body of water of the World Ocean's.

Deep sea divers race to the bottom of the ocean floor proceeding with caution, and as far as they can manage to dive to capture some of the most amazing underwater video, and photo footage capturing stunning spectacular imagery of Coral reefs. However, since greenhouse gases have picked up over the recent years warming the ocean waters, much of the sea life is threatened, and hence rapidly increases the oceans acidity and furthers the degradation of aquatic livelihood according to National Geographic.

Much of this coverage has been heavily documented onto National Geographic website and into much of their documentary films, also archived in the Smithsonian Institute's (S.I. Marine Science network) research program for marine science and oceanic studies. Much of this intriguing expert marine intelligence is stored into the national archives for the United States Governments marine scientific research teams as well.

Many of the worlds prestigious colleges and universities utilize these major oceanic environmental case studies to do their research into how the aquatic life and marine mammal species there have managed to survive & thrive over the years. Due to widespread fishing by huge fish manufacturing companies much of the Pacific wild life are also threatened, causing even more damage to the precious life there.

Island with fringing reef off Yap, Micronesia
Island with fringing reef off Yap, Micronesia | Source

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Life is very precious on this planetary surface, and especially in that of our great oceans. Anywhere from the Antarctic to the Alaskan Sea, the Baltic Sea, The Nile river, the great river Ganges, to the Bering Strait, all these beautiful water ways help to keep the balance of life flowing.

Wild life thrives, and depends on a fined tuned well knit delicate balance of the food chain. So its up to us, to continue all our efforts to seek wiser ways of trying to avoid from making the same detrimental mistakes us humans have made countless times in the past and in the present day time. The question shall be posed to the readers of this article is, "What are we we to lose more, by being so mindless, and so greedy?"

For us to not come to the realization that our earth is slowly dieing because we are losing life in our oceans & seas, and that its due to our own negligence, selfishness, and modernized ways of handling things will all come at an even greater cost and loss of life on a global scale.

Yes, we all are here for a purpose, but the answer to that very question is up to us to be fulfilled, and for the sake of all life on earth. Humanity needs to take a long breather as a whole, gasp for some pure natural clairvoyance to see the light of compassion needed to change our selfish ways once and for all, and simply to think about what we shall do for the sake of our unseen future today. "The future is in our hands, lets hope and pray more people wake up!"


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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks Shiningirisheyes, I love watching nature, just hope some day the lord can afford for us to save these precious locations, and that of the earth as a whole. Mankind done some serious damage already, and lets hope its reversible to some degree, I do know that much of it isn't.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Such an interesting read. I am a huge National Geographic Documentary watcher and this was right up my alley. I also read where the permafrost is now exposed for the first time in areas of the region. I never realized the true danger in exposing the permafrost.

      Thanks for including the awesome video about the barrel-eye fish. Just amazing.

      Great knowledge filled hub.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @always exploring, Thanks for your comment and for being so kind to give my hub here a chance, mankind has no idea what they're doing to themselves pretty much, and even if we take the time to try and create awareness its the way societies are forms, and modernization opposes the natural balance of things pretty much.

      Lets hope people wake up for a change, rather then indulge further into materialism, and over abundance even further then they already are, and lets hope they look to make the right decisions for our future and for the fate of our mother earth.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @fpherj48, Thanks for the encouraging supportive and kind words you've expressed for me up above, I did my best with the overall Antarctic, and never really wrote any hub such as this one, and so I just hope more people can find it of use to them, and or informative enough to inspire others to think about our planet, and for the sake of our unforeseeable future.

      I do know much has already been done, to make any and all changes to help our climate, to make well aware about the current conditions of the environment, but the more of us who wake up, the better you know.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting and very informative hub. The animals are running out of space due to man's greed. Enjoyed reading your research concerning the ocean..Thank you..

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This is a very good hub, Cloud....interesting, educational and "eye-opening." I am concerned to hear about the conditions of our oceans....and I'm sure there are not many people who are aware of these issues. It's good that people like yourself take such an interest and do the research and work to bring these facts to the general public. Great job, Cloud....But suddenly I'm shivering and think I'll wrap in a blanket!! ..UP+++

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      @Pamela99, Thanks for the hub review I always loved watching National Geographic films when I was young, and the Documentaries all about nature, and the great oceans so I had to come up with a hub like this one, also more awareness needs to be spread today about the actual current conditions of our oceanic waters, and the state of the wild life there.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I think the work they do on the Antarctic is fascinating. I have always found information about the Antarctic interesting also, but I have zero interest in actually visiting some place that cold. I do however, think this is a very interesting hub.


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