It’s no secret that the oceans of the world are incredibly vast and virtually unexplored. This terrifies us, and it does so for good reason. But t here’s beauty in the terrifying, and these GIFs prove it.
Between 700,000 and one million species live in the world’s oceans. It’s literally an entire world under there that only a handful of people on earth really get to see.
Just like we do on land, these species form their own communities and their own daily habits.
Not only that, but these creatures have existed long before we have, and their way of life has changed very little over the years. Survive, thrive, repeat.
Imagine all of the species and communities within those species that live on land. Now think about the fact that just under 71% of the earth consists of our oceans. Furthermore, it is estimated that we have only truly explored approximately 5% of these oceans.
The pacific ocean alone is wider than the moon.
There are 440 known species of sharks in our oceans. Who knows how many more linger in the deep sea.
This is a deep sea shot of sea creatures feasting on a large fish carcass.
Until we have the technology to do so, it is likely that the dark deep depths of the oceans will remain an mystery to us all.
In the Mariana Trench, water pressure is eight tons per square inch. This is the equivalent of trying to hold up 50 jumbo jets.
While the ocean floor is incredibly cold, thermal vents can be up to 400º Celsius (750º Fahrenheit).
The borders of the U.S.A. extend some 200 nautical miles away from shore.
There are canyons in the ocean that make the Grand Canyon look like a crack on the sidewalk.
The majority of volcanic activity on earth takes place below the depths of our oceans.
There are massive forests underwater as well.
Just as we have adapted to live in the climates we live in on land, there are tons of species that have adapted to live in the cold, dark depths. Naturally, they look like space aliens.
One day, perhaps, we will learn to rule the oceans as we do the land. But for now, mother nature runs the show. Hope you enjoyed!