Most of Earth’s surface, 70 percent, to be exact, is covered by the ocean. There are a lot of secrets that these waters conceal as humans have managed to explore just 5 percent of what lies on its floor. The unknown is always frightening, so let’s look at what we do know, as the deep waters are quite fascinating, although they can give us the creeps sometimes.
These facts were shared by curious Redditors whose minds were boggled when they learned them, so Bored Panda collected the most intriguing ones in this list from threads you can find here, here and here. If you would like to learn more creepy facts about the ocean, you can read this article and you may also be interested in this one where divers and fishermen share their scary experiences.
Back when Animal Planet was a channel that was worth watching, I learned that the Sailfish is the fastest fish in the sea. It can reach speeds of 68 mph! (110 km/h for you Metric users) I always thought that was really cool.
Lobsters are effectively immortal
They technically don’t age, and they will be as active at 70 years old as they were at 5 years old. They will only die from not being able to molt properly anymore.
The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth: There are more artifacts and remnants of history in the ocean than in all of the world’s museums, combined.
We have only explored less than 5 percent of the Earth’s oceans. In fact, we have better maps of Mars than we do of the ocean floor (even the submerged half of the United States).
The concept of “Shark Spotters” is common where I live. People stand at a vantage point above popular beaches and look for sharks in the water to help ensure the safety of beach-goers.
However, underwater sensors have shown us (well, shark biologists) that WAY MORE sharks swim very close to the beach than shark spotters can see.
People really have no idea how many sharks they’ve probably encountered – that being said, very few sharks are actually dangerous to humans.
Most oxygen on earth comes from phytoplankton in the ocean, not trees. Also, the giant squid wasn’t seen alive until 2001 and was largely considered a myth before modern photography.
The fact that the famous picture of the blobfish is not actually what a blobfish looks like. When scientists first found them, they did not know that the blobfish is not as resilient as other deep sea creatures, and That particular blobfish was pulled to the surface too quickly, and had its skin and flesh torn off from the immense force of rapid decompression . The blobfish in that photo has its skin torn off. What’s even worse, is that companies have made t shirts and even squishies entirely based off of this photo. It still chills me to this day.
the Corryvreckan Maelstrom in Scotland is a permanent whirlpool that is the third strongest in the world. It can produce 15 feet high standing waves.
The Pacific Ocean is ever so slightly shrinking each year, while the Atlantic Ocean is ever so slightly growing. This is because the North American Plate is ever sliding westward. Given enough time, the West Coast of the United States could meet up with Asia.
Spontaneous thermal vents support their own micro-worlds of crustaceans and worms. When the vents become inactive, everything dies, leaving a graveyard of sub-marine worm shells.
The white-sand beaches of Hawaii are made of parrotfish poop.
Writer’s note: According to Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “The fish bite and scrape algae off of rocks and dead corals with their parrot-like beaks, grind up the inedible calcium-carbonate reef material (made mostly of coral skeletons) in their guts, and then excrete it as sand.”
Tuna are going extinct…..google it
Writer’s note: The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists 63 tuna species of which 15 are decreasing in population. The Bluefin tuna is critically endangered.
There is a height difference between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Writer’s note: According to Sceince Direct, “The surface of the Pacific Ocean stands about 40 cm higher than the Atlantic Ocean.”
If a man managed to get to the bottom of the ocean, he would feel a weight equivalent to that of 50 passenger planes over his body.
Most ships cannot survive freak waves – they denied the existence of freak waves until one was recorded at an oil rig in the north sea, as a result most ships, especially tankers and freight, are not designed to survive them. The best you can hope is that they avoid the areas they are more common
Not necessarily creepy, but at the bottom of the ocean, there is a constant snow made of dead and decomposing organisms and the feces of living organisms. It’s called ‘marine snow.’
Sea cucumbers account for the majority of biomass on the abyssal plain. The abyssal plain accounts for 50% of the earth’s surface
a tiger shark can be as long as 18 feet
Writer’s note: According to National Geographic, Tiger Sharks are usually 10 to 14 feet (3 to 4.2 meters) Long but larger ones can grow to 20 to 25 feet (6 to 7.6 meters) in length.