The planet we live on has a lot of water. I’m talking 71% of Earth’s surface being covered in water. 96.5% of that water exists within the vast and deep oceans that go across the globe. Although water also exists in rivers, streams, lakes, and in the air as water vapor, the majority of it is in the ocean.
That’s a heck of a lot of water. Have you ever stopped to consider just how big and deep the oceans actually are? Chances are you’ve taken a trip or live near a beach where you’ve taken a dip. But, have you ever really thought about the size of your body in comparison to the great blue?
In this animated video posted to YouTube by Tech Insider experts perfectly map out the size of the ocean. It compares the size of a human body to some of the larger animals in the waters. It also explains what happens as you ascend deeper into the abyss.
Check out the video on the next page! It’s full of ocean facts including an in-depth scale of what’s going on in the different depths of the ocean such as 831 feet being the current deepest free-dive in history.
Most human lungs would crush under the amount of pressure at that depth, but whales manage to go as far as 1,640 feet deep. At this depth, they hunt giant squid. Whales have been found beached and suffering from squid related injuries so things must get pretty intense down there.
2,400 feet marks the ‘danger zone’ for modern nuclear attack submarines. If it were to go any deeper, the submarine’s hull would implode. The video takes you all the way down to where the sunlight doesn’t reach at 3,280 feet deep. This is known as the midnight zone.
Check out the video for more amazing facts on what goes on as you continue deeper into the ocean. It really is a world of its own down there. For example, did you know that at 7,500 feet deep there are hydrothermal vents that can heat near-freezing waters to 800 degrees F?