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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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National Week of the Ocean is Coming! Share these Fun Ocean Facts!

Exploring the Ocean Blue:
National Week of the Oceans is March 29-April 4, 2015
Share these fun facts with your students!

Coral has been used to repair bones in humans.

Blue Whales can weigh as much as 30 elephants and are as long as three Greyhound buses! It’s heart is about the size of a Volkswagen.

Basket Starfish has the most arms of any sea life... 80,000.

The highest wave ever record hit near Lituya Glacier in Alaska in 1958. It was 1740 ft. high.

Wondering how many marine species exist? According to World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) at least 212,906.

Scientists say the jellyfish is older than the dinosaurs dating back at least 650 million years ago.

Did you know that a dolphin sleeps with one eye open and with only half its brain?

The highest tides occur in the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada, reaching 53 ft. high.

The Ring of Fire located in the Pacific Ocean is the largest zone of active volcanoes on the sea floor... About 1133 of them.

There are 25,000 islands in the Pacific Ocean.

On April 17, 2013, a bottle  washed up on the shores of a beach in the country of Croatia. It had been thrown into the sea in Nova Scotia, Canada....4000 miles away! Scientists say it probably traveled 5 times that in its 28 years at sea.

Great Britain is building the world’s largest wave farm. It will power about 30,000 homes.

A fish thought be be extinct for 60 million years was caught alive by fisherman off the southern coast of Africa in 1938. Called a coelacanth, the fish has been around for 300 million years.

If you measure the tallest mountain from the sea floor up, Mt. Everest isn’t the record holder.! The highest mountain would be Mauna Kea, in Hawaii. It is 33,474 ft from the ocean floor but only 13, 680 ft. above sea level.

Need light? An electric eel can make enough electricity to run about 10 light bulbs.

The longest mountain range on Earth is found in the Atlantic Ocean and goes from Antarctica to Iceland.

There is so much salt in the ocean that if all the salt  was dried and collected, it would cover all the continents with 5 ft. of salt. 

There is enough gold in the world’s oceans for each person on the planet to have almost nine pounds of gold

You can see the world’s largest reef, the Great Barrier Reef, in Australia (1616 miles long) from outer space. 

The earth has an estimated 315,000 miles of coastlines...that’s enough miles to go around the Equator 12 times.


Extension Activities:

Have kids illustrate and color a fact about the ocean.

Pretend to be a fish and tell about a day in your life. Use 3 facts about the ocean in your story.

Ocean Resource:

Looking for an activity to use with your students? Check out my Exploring the Ocean Blue: A Webquest. There are 9 informative web questions, fun facts, comprehension questions, extension activities and links. Skills include reading for information and using research and computer skills.

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