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30 Fast Facts

By Tess Middleton, Fin Free Albury Wodonga

Good morning ocean lovers and those who just enjoy learning something new every day! Today while you eat your breakfast and sip your coffee I am going to give you 30 fast facts, all relating to our oceans, enjoy!

  1. 90% of the global shark population has been destroyed
  2. The Great Barrier Reef stretches 2,300kms
  3. 70% of the world’s water is found in the oceans
  4. Sharks and Rays are cousins
  5. There are over 500 shark species
  6. Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica
  7. You can see the Great Barrier Reef from space
  8. The oceans contain 99% of the living space on earth
  9. The Blue Whale is the largest animal to have ever lived
  10. A group of jellyfish is called a smack
  11. Many fish can change sex during their lifetime
  12. Penguins “fly” under water at up to 40km per hour
  13. Coral has been used to replace bone grafts
  14. Shaker liver oil is used in cosmetics, such as lipstick
  15. Flake is a by-product of the shark fin trade so by eating flake you are supporting a trade responsible for the death of 100 million sharks every year
  16. If commercial fishing continues at current rates, we will have dead oceans by 2050 i.e. no more fish
  17. Reefs are home to 25% of all marine species
  18. Coral structures can reach the size of a house
  19. Dolphins have been recorded inventing and playing games with objects such as coral
  20. Manta rays have a wingspan of 3 meters
  21. Half the world’s reefs have been affected by coral bleaching
  22. Octopuses have 9 brains and 3 hearts
  23. A turtle’s upper shell is called a carspace
  24. Sharks are older than dinosaurs, they are over 400 million years old
  25. By the year 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean
  26. An electric eel is known to produce enough electricity to light 10 light bulbs
  27. Dolphins sleep with only half of their brain and with one eye open to watch for threats
  28. Seahorses are the only animal where the males gives birth
  29. There are 33 species of seals
  30. In the time it took you to read these facts 500 sharks were slaughtered for their fins