The Earth’s oceans come together to make a vast and beautiful part of the world. They cover about 70 percent of the earth’s surface. The Pacific Ocean is the largest of them all, covering about 30 percent. It is also home to a variety of marine animals, everything from sand dollars to the blue whale. Many of us have a special place in our hearts for the ocean. For some, it might be the scene of a romantic memory, such as a first date or an engagement, or a favorite sport, such as surfing or snorkeling. But there will always be some dark layers to the unknown. The waters might glitter from the outside but they contain some unsolved mysteries. One study reports that up to two-thirds of marine life has yet to be discovered; some say this number is even higher. We don’t mean to fear monger. Even with its mysteries, and perhaps because of its mysteries, the world’s oceans remain important and interesting. However, they have inspired some of the world’s greatest horror films and phobias. Continue reading for some facts and photos of the deep blue sea.Peter Benchley’s bestselling novel “Jaws” and Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation greatly shaped the way the public views the great white shark. Although the great white does not prefer to prey on humans, it is responsible for the largest number of unprovoked shark attacks on man.
Oceans are home to tiny as well as giant scary creatures and you never know when one of them might come out to play or just to claim their territory.
Michael Hodson, a self-described “emerging diving fanatic,” conducted some research on the risks of dying in a shark attack while scuba diving. He found that the risks are “amazingly low.” The International Shark Attack File also noted that shark populations are declining in a number of areas due to over-fishing and habitat loss. This, of course, is a devastating blow to marine life. It is also likely to reduce opportunities for shark-human interactions and unprovoked attacks.
This is an incredible dive site in Tulum, Mexico, a popular place for thrill seekers. Check out the rays of light that pour through the water’s depths.
Some of us are scared to head to the bathroom without a light. How much more scared would we be exploring the deep sea? Less than 10 percent of our oceans have been explored. We’ve got a lot more to go!
Don’t get too scared. Bill of the YouTube account billschannel and a number of other sources have done some investigating. Turns out this shot is a “photoshop special.” Does that make it any less terrifying? The imagination is a funny thing. You tell us.
Have you ever gone to the beach and felt something graze your leg only to find out that it was a piece of seaweed? It happens all the time. Now, imagine surfing alongside these guys. Not exactly something you can brush off.
We are no stranger to stingray accidents, both small and tragic. The injuries are caused by their venom or barbs. Brushing your leg against a stingray isn’t likely to provoke them. Stepping on them, however, is a different story. To help prevent this, slide your feet through the sand, especially in areas with large populations of stingrays.
Although some people might be terrified of dark waters, others find them peaceful. Some of us listen to recorded sounds of the ocean to help us sleep. There is also a depth and a stillness to the ocean that have the ability to calm from the inside out.