Ocean Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids

In our Ocean Facts for Kids you will learn about the oceans of the world.

Did you know that Oceans cover more than 71% of the Earth's surface? The five Oceans which cover the surface of our globe are named below.

The Five Oceans

The five Oceans are:

  1. the Pacific Ocean
  2. the Atlantic Ocean
  3. the Indian Ocean 
  4. the Arctic Ocean
  5. the Southern Ocean

You will find the three biggest oceans the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans named on the world map below. 

Click on the word 'Map' in the top right corner and see the labels: Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Now that you have seen the map, read here some interesting facts on all of the World's Oceans and learn more about them.

Pacific Ocean

The Pacific Ocean is the biggest ocean of the world and covers more than 30% of the Earth's surface.

The name "Pacific" come from the Latin word: "pacificus" which means peaceful. So Pacific Ocean means peaceful ocean.

The lowest known point on earth is called Challenger Deep and is located in the Pacific Ocean near Guam in the Philippine Sea and . The depth recorded is 10,920m or 35,827 feet.

coral fish by Tanya Puntti

The largest coral reef in the world is located off the Australian coast and is called the Great Barrier Reef.

The ring of fire is also located in the Pacific Ocean. 

More interesting Pacific Ocean Facts for Kids here.

Read more about Australia here.

Atlantic Ocean Facts for Kids

The Atlantic is the second biggest ocean in the world and is between the continents of America and Europe and Africa.

The Atlantic Ocean is about half the size of the Pacific Ocean and covers roughly 20% of the Earth's surface. However it is growing in size as it is spreading along the Mid-Atlantic Coasts.

Thresher Shark by Beth Swanson

Sharks, such as this Thresher Shark swimming in the gulf stream, are found in the waters of the Atlantic.

Did you know that the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the longest mountain range on Earth? It spreads from Iceland to Antarctica beneath the Atlantic.

Indian Ocean Facts for Kids

The Indian Ocean is located between Africa and Austral-Asia.

The waters of the Indian Ocean provides the largest breeding grounds of the world for humpback whales. 

Humpback Whale by Tory Kallman

Also found in the Indian ocean, a fish which was thought to be extinct was discovered there: the Coelacanth is found in the warm waters off the Comoro islands between Mozambique and Madagascar.

The Northern Indian Ocean also is the most important transport route for oil as it connects the oil-rich countries of the Middle East Each with Asia. Every day tankers are carrying a cargo of 17 million barrels of crude oil from the Persian Gulf on its waters.

Arctic Ocean

The Arctic Ocean is located around the North Pole across the Arctic circle.

There are many polar bears living on the Arctic ice.

Polar bear and cub by Christopher Wood

A jellyfish with the funny name 'Lion's mane jellyfish' can also be found in the Arctic Ocean's waters. It grows up to 2.4m or 8 feet across and lives on plankton and fishes.

Did you know that the Arctic Ocean's ice covers are shrinking by 8% every ten years?

Many Arctic ground features are named after early Arctic explorers, like Nansen Basin or Mendeleyev Ridge.

Southern Ocean

The Southern Ocean is located around the South Pole across the Antarctic circle in the Southern Hemisphere off Antarctica.

The Southern Ocean is the home of Emperor Penguins and Wandering Albatrosses

Emperor Penguins by mgsiv

Image Credits on Ocean Facts for Kids: Tanya Puntti, Beth Swanson, Tory Kallman, Christopher Wood and mgsiv, all at shutterstock.com, as well as other shutterstock and sxc photos and own images


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