Have you ever heard that are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the beach? It’s shocking to think this is possible, but many experts claim this notion to be true. But what’s more surprising is that there are many beach secrets and ocean mysteries that many people do not know or realize. Get up to date with some astonishingly awesome ocean facts that you can share with your friends on your next beach outing.
Did you know….
…more than 97% of Earth’s water “sits” in the ocean.
…the top 10 feet of the water’s surface holds as much heat as the earth’s atmosphere.
…the ocean’s surface area consists of 140 million square miles, or approximately 71% of the earth’s surface.
…the ocean’s average depth is around 2.5 miles.
…the Blue Whale’s heart is the size of a Volkswagen Bug.
…the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest living organism, spreading 1,243 miles.
…there are more than 2,000 species of starfish in the ocean
…coral is technically colorless.
…the world’s ocean contains 20 million tons of gold
…as many as 100 million sharks are killed each year for their meat and fins
…that there are approximately 95,471 miles of shoreline in the United States and its territories
…the top beaches in the United States for finding the widest selection of intact shells are:
- Calvert Cliffs State Park, Maryland
- Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
- Sanibel Island, Florida
- Point No Point Beach, Washington
- Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida
- Shipwreck Beach, Hawaii
- Cumberland Island, Georgia
- Point Reyes National Seashore, California
- San Jose Island, Texas
- Silver Strand State Beach, California
…And the most disturbing mystery about beaches and oceans: Of the 80 beaches in the state of New Jersey only 11 are ‘free’, not requiring paid, individual beach tags.