Hello and Welcome to my Atlantic Life in Hatteras 😊
So, feeling the way I do about my Atlantic Life....and, the vital importance of the ocean to me (and the rest of the entire world 😉), there is no way I could let today go by without making sure everyone knew it was "World Ocean's Day" 🐬🌊
Instead of writing about my adventures as I normally do, I thought I would turn over this entire blog to the ocean 💗
There are some really cool facts about our world's oceans that you may not be aware of, so here goes...
Oceans and seas make up more than 70% of our world's surface
Our oceans absorb approx. 30% of the carbon dioxide produced by humans
Over 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods
90% of all volcanic activity on our planet happens in the ocean
The oceans control much of our weather by absorbing half of the heat reaching the earth from the sun⠀
About 94 percent of the earth’s wildlife is found in the ocean⠀
Most of the oxygen in our atmosphere comes from tiny marine plants in the ocean—specifically, phytoplankton, kelp, and algal plankton. Scientists estimate they're responsible for around 70 percent of the atmosphere's oxygen
The deepest part of the ocean/our planet is called the Mariana Trench, which is around 7 miles deep and is located in the South Pacific Ocean. In the Mariana Trench (35,802 feet below the surface) the water pressure is eight tons per square inch. If you happened to make your way down there, it'd feel like you were holding up nearly 50 jumbo jets
There are approximately 3 million shipwrecks in our oceans. As many of you know, here in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, we are known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" with over 2000 wrecks along our coastline. From the Titanic to Christopher Columbus's Santa Maria, the oceans are home to around 3 million shipwrecks, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
The Pacific is wider than the moon
At its widest point, from Indonesia all the way to Colombia, the Pacific Ocean is wider than the moon, by quite a lot. This expanse of ocean is 12,300 miles across, which is more than five times the diameter of the moon
The planet's longest mountain range is underwater and is 10 times longer than the Andes
The longest mountain range above water is the Andes, which is about 4,300 miles long. The actual longest mountain range on Earth, however, is the Mid-Oceanic Ridge, which snakes between all continents and clocks in at around 40,390 miles long
Only five percent of the ocean’s floor has been mapped in detail⠀
The largest blue whale on record was 108 feet long. That’s as tall as an 11-story building
The great barrier reef in Australia can be seen from the moon
"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever"
by Jacques Yves Cousteau
Pics all taken recently on my beloved and beautiful Hatteras beaches...
Yes....that's Bodie the surf pup having some fun 😊