Oceans Facts for Kids – 5 Outstanding Facts about Oceans

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Have you ever imagined how life look like in the oceans? Here are five outstanding oceans facts for kids.

Oceans Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: All The Oceans Are Connected

There are 5 named oceans in the world which cover over 70% of the world surface. The 5 named oceans are the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Antarctic, and Arctic. They were given names for many reasons including politics and science. In reality the oceans are all one big ocean as they are all connected.

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A photo of Earth showing the Indian and the Pacific oceans are connected together

Oceans Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: The Oceans Keep The World Cool

This job of the ocean is very important especially as global warming makes our atmosphere hotter. The water of the ocean traps heat and distributes it around the planet keeping it cooler. However, the ocean is having to absorb more heat now because of all the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This means that the temperature of the ocean is rising which is damaging coral reefs and plants on the ocean floor. These plants and coral help absorb carbon dioxide and make a home for many fish species so they are very important to the oceans ecosystem.

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Oceans Facts for Kids: Photo of a fish swimming around corals

Oceans Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: The Deepest Trench in The Ocean Is Called The Mariana Trench

The bottom of the Mariana Trench is the deepest point on Earth. It is over 1500 miles long and 7 miles deep, that is 36,201 feet. 7 miles doesn’t sound very deep compared to its length but it is the deepest trench in the ocean. The Eiffel Tower could fit inside the Mariana Trench 30 times over before breaking the surface. That’s a very deep trench!

The animals that live in the Mariana Trench have to adapt to the pressure and lack of light down there. There are some unusual looking animals down there including the barreleye, the telescope octopus, and the goblin shark.

Oceans Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Groups of Starfish Are Called a Galaxy

Have you heard of a flock or birds or a school of fish? Groups of animals have specific names and some of them are a little silly. Starfish when they are a group are called a galaxy because they are made up of stars. These names for groups are sometimes specific to a type of animal, such as a litter describing small mammals like cats or dogs. In more recent years these labels have been given to groups by scientists that study them and are meant to be fun or funny.

Some other weird animal group names include a shiver of sharks, a herd of sea urchins, and a consortium of crabs.

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Starfish moving underwater

Oceans Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: The Ocean Is Affected by The Moon

Have you ever seen the tides going in or out while you are at the beach? The ocean is constantly moving with waves and tides, the tides go in and out every day. This is actually caused by the gravitational pull of the moon. The sun also has a gravitational pull that affects the tides but because the moon is much closer it has a bigger impact.

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Moon over the ocean

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about oceans as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic these oceans are, you can move on to learn about other climate and weather stuff like: Thunder, Thunderstorms, Thunder and Lightning, Rainbows, Lightning, Floods, Earth’s Atmosphere, Hurricanes, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Blizzard, Wind and Tsunamis.

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