Kyrgyzstan is more distant from the ocean than any other nation. At a minimum of 1620 miles from any ocean, it is the most land-locked state in the world centralasiarally.com/kyrg…
The communal chatter of snapping shrimp colonies on the ocean floor created enough white noise that the U.S. Navy successfully hid submarines near them during WWII, avoiding detection by underwater Japanese hydrophones. bbc.com/earth/story/20160…
Early proposals for raising the Titanic back to the ocean's surface included filling it up with ping-pong balls, injecting 180,000 tonnes of vaseline into it, and turning the ship itself into an iceberg. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
The rocket in Jules Verne’s 1865 story From the Earth to the Moon launched from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean because of Verne’s calculations. In 1969, Apollo 11 took off from Florida and landed in the Pacific Ocean. io9.gizmodo.com/how-jules…
Today I learned about Benson rafts, huge rafts up to 1000 feet long made of thousands of logs lashed together that used to be floated across 1,100 miles of open ocean from the mouth of the Columbia River to San Diego as a cheaper alternative to sending the logs by rail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
After WW2, the Allies discovered meticulous plans for a Sun Gun by the Nazis. Planned by renowned Nazi Scientist Hermann Oberth, it was a .62 mile mirror attached to a space station to burn cities and evaporate oceans estimated to take 15 years to build. He later joined NASA. huffpost.com/entry/nazi-s…
Support ships called 'Destroyer tenders' were common in navies in the first half of the 20th century; one Destroyer tender would travel with multiple destroyer ships, carrying supplies for them, thus extending their collective range on the open ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
The Bull shark can thrive in both salt and fresh water and can travel far up rivers. They have been known to travel up the Mississippi River as far as Alton, Illinois, about 700 miles (1100 km) from the ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
Jupiter's moon Europa is covered by a thick layer of ice, with a huge subsurface ocean of liquid water underneath it. Estimates give the ocean an average depth of 100km, and a radius of 877km. This equates to 3 times the combined volume of water of Earth's oceans. apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap1205…
Due to its numerous overseas departments and territories scattered on all oceans of the planet, France possesses the largest Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) in the world, covering 11.7 million km2. It is followed by the US, third is Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exc…
In 1956, the USSR proposed to the US jointly building a 74-km-wide dam spanning the Bering Strait; the goal was to melt the Arctic Ocean year-round to improve oceanic shipping, access to resources, and usable land. sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/…
Today I learned of Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)- Located in the Western Desert in Egypt, this site contains the fossilized remains of whales that show their evolution from life as a land-based animal to becoming an ocean-going mammal. whc.unesco.org/en/list/11…
Fruit punch was invented as an alternative to beer by men working for the British East India Company. This is because the beer on their ships went bad when they reached the Indian Ocean. They ended up using rum, fruit, and spices available in their new location to create punch. history.com/news/the-surp…
16 square miles of Louisiana's coastline sinks into the ocean annually -- 2000 square miles have already sunk in less than a century planetexperts.com/2000-sq…
Today I learned of the SWAT World Challenge, where SWAT teams and special forces compete in armed drills. Since 2007, the second place all time score belongs to the US Office of Secure Transportation, the agency for guarding America's nukes. But beating them is Ocean Country NJ's SWAT team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SWA…
200 years before Columbus, two Italian brothers also attempted to find a new way to India by sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in 1291. They were never heard from again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Southern elephant seals have been recorded diving to depths of OVER 2,300 meters (almost 1.5 miles) below the surface of the ocean, and can dive deeper and for longer duration than most cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises)! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Today I learned about Victor Vescovo, the first person to travel to the deepest points in every ocean on Earth. All of his dives used the Deep Sea Vehicle Limiting Factor, which he funded. Vescovo has also skied to both poles and climbed the highest mountains on every continent. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
While many believe that earth's oxygen comes from rainforests, tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton contribute 50-80% of the oxygen on earth earthsky.org/earth/how-mu…
A Sperm whale can click at about 236 decibels, making it the loudest animal on Earth. Some researchers believe they can contact each other in the ocean even from opposite sides of the planet. For comparison, a jet engine takeoff registers 150 dB. NASA's Saturn V rocket launch registered 204 dB. youtube.com/watch?v=zsDwF…
I learned there’s a freshwater lake on a golf course in Australia with bullsharks. The sharks came to the lake due to a flood and aren’t able to go to the ocean after the flood receded. They have since breeded in the lake. brisbanetimes.com.au/nati…
There is a man that survived over a year lost on a small boat in the Pacific Ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The first true and complete remote surgery was conducted on 7 September 2001 across the Atlantic Ocean, with the surgeon in New York City operating on a 68-year-old female patient 6,230 km away in Strasbourg, France. It was named Operation Lindbergh. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
Submarines dispose of trash using specially perforated metal cylinders to ensure the refuse sinks noiselessly to the bottom of the ocean. technology.org/2019/02/02…
In 2019 an expedition that descended to the Mariana Trench, the deepest area in the world's oceans, found a plastic bag and sweet wrappers at the bottom of the Trench. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
Today I learned about Tori Murden McClure, the first woman and American to row a boat alone across the Atlantic Ocean courier-journal.com/story…
France is the 23rd member of Indian Ocean Rim Association. IORA earlier had 22 members (Countries bordering Indian Ocean, except Pakistan, Myanmar & Djibouti) with 10 dialogue members (including France). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
RΓ©union, an island situated in the Indian Ocean, is actually a part of the EU since 2014. ec.europa.eu/regional_pol…
In Top Gun, Maverick goes into a flat spin which he cannot recover and crashes into the ocean, killing Goose. During production the stunt pilot hired to perform and film the scene went into the flat spin but couldn't recover, crashed into the ocean and died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
Today I learned about the Olympic Mountain "Rain Shadow", a natural phenomenon where the Olympic Mountains block almost all moisture from the Pacific Ocean from reaching eastern Olympic Peninsula myportangeles.com/rain-sh…
The Pacific Ocean's current name was coined by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan during the Spanish circumnavigation of the world in 1521, as he encountered favorable winds on reaching the ocean. He called it Mar PacΓ­fico, which in both Portuguese and Spanish means "peaceful sea". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac…
The Dumbo Octopus lives 7000 meters down in the ocean. They are about 20 centimeters long and use their ears to swim. sawongam.com/others/deep-…
Today I learned of the Seabed 2030 project, which aims to map the entire ocean floor in just over a decade. abc.net.au/news/2019-03-0…
Today I learned about Inky, an octopus at New Zealand's National Aquarium, that escaped by slipping out of its tank and slithering down a drainpipe into the ocean. One expert commented, "None of this is surprising or atypical of octopus behavior." api.nationalgeographic.co…
Today I learned about skishing, a discipline of extreme fishing where the practitioner swims in the open ocean while fishing, was popularized by a Montauk cabinet maker who was kicked out of a fishing tournament for swimming out to a rock to fish. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski…
Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein are the only double-landlocked countries in the world. In order to get to the ocean from these countries you have to cross 2 national borders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Today I learned about Maarten de Jonge, a Dutch cyclist who missed both Malaysian Airlines flight 370, which went missing over the Indian Ocean, and Malaysian Airlines flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine 4 months later abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
Lake Nicaragua, a landlocked lake, has Bull Sharks, despite being marine animals. Initially it was assumed to be a endemic freshwater species, but turns out the sharks travel up the 190km San Juan River which connects lake and Caribbean ocean. You can also find tarpon and sawfish there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak…
In 2001 TacoBell offered to give "one free taco" to every US customer if the core of the Soviet Mir space station hit a TacoBell target in the middle of the south Pacific ocean. The target read: "Free Taco Here" with a TacoBell logo emblazoned in the middle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
In his treatise on oceans, Aristotle wrote that many processes on Earth occured "in periods of time which are so immense compared with the length of our life" that we can't observe them, and that "before their course can be recorded from beginning to end whole nations perish and are destroyed." ucmp.berkeley.edu/history…
Today I learned of Bathykorus bouilloni, commonly referred to as the Darth Vader jellyfish. These transparent deep-sea jellies are found in the Arctic Ocean at depths below 1,000m (3,300ft). They got their unique nickname due to their body shape closely resembling that of Darth Vader's famous helmet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Human hair rejected by wigmakers and sent from hair salons is being used to create oil adsorbing booms for ocean oil spills. Hair can adsorb 3-9 times its own weight in oil. everwideningcircles.com/2…
Today I learned about the MV Explorer, the first cruise ship designed to sail the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean. It also became the first cruise ship to sink there, after colliding with a iceberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_…
Today I learned about the formation of sand from quartz. As magma in the Earth's crust cools, its excess silica crystallizes and forms quartz (SiO2). Over million of years, quartz grains are carried by water streams to the oceans. Most of the world's sand is made up of those quartz grains. britannica.com/video/1856…
In 1991, NASA conducted an experiment involving sending over 2,000 jellyfish polyps into space. When the experiment was over, about 60,000 jellyfish were produced. Unfortunately, the jellyfish couldn't function in our normal ocean environment because of the gravity difference. parade.com/216994/linzlow…
Robert Downey Jr. only got clean because his girlfriend (now wife) saw him on drugs, then gave him an ultimatum of quitting or losing her. He stopped at a Burger King on the coast and threw his drugs in the ocean. She is now known around Hollywood as "the Miracle That Saved Robert Downey." harpersbazaar.com/culture…
Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons are all the same thing but named different where they appear. Hurricanes are storms that form in North Atlantic Ocean and Northeast Pacific, cyclones are formed over the South Pacific and Indian Ocean and typhoons are formed over the Northwest Pacific Ocean. byjus.com/physics/differe…
Leul Abate the pilot for Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 that crashed in the ocean was previously got involved in 2 other hijackings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eth…
The collapse of the Soviet Union directly correlated with the resurgence of Cuba’s amazing coral reef. Without Russian supplied synthetic fertilizers and ag practices, Cubans were forced to depend on organic farming. This led to less chemical runoff in the oceans. psmag.com/news/inside-the…
Top-level domain names are owned and sold by countries/territories: .ly belongs to Libya, .io to the British Indian Ocean Territory, .ai to Anguilla, .tv to Tuvalu en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.ly

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