Earth’s seas are vast spaces that cover over 70% of the entire planet. This considered, it’s no wonder that they are full of such a diverse range of animals and plants; that they are home to shipwrecks dating back hundreds of years; and that they are home to creatures yet to be discovered or understood.
They are full to the brim with rich colours, many of which are unique to their climate.
As the only planet in the solar system to house such amounts of water, humans have the unique potential to study these complex ecological structures up close, learn empathy for the animals living there and take their awe at its majesty into their approach to life.
Beautiful Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are considered so wonderful that one in Australia is deemed to be one of the wonders of the world – one of only seven. These beautiful canvases of daring colours and shapes are unique in their scale and have to be seen to be believed.
Companies like View Ningaloo offer the chance to see these beautiful areas up close, all from the comfort of a boat ride.
Big Fish, Little Fish
In the seas live many creatures, great and small. Perhaps the most often referenced animals living there include turtles, whales and dolphins – but these exist within societies of thousands of other species.
Creatures here range in size from giant rays and whales to single-celled organisms.
In fact, the number of species living in Earth’s oceans is so grand that ninety-one percent have yet to be classified. Over three-quarters of the sea remains unexplored.
Source of Water
The ocean is a major source of water – the building block for all life on Earth. While a human could survive for some time without food, they’d manage only days without water.
The time of survival varies from species to species, but the reality remains for all living here. Without water, there can be no life. The fact that over 70% of the planet is water means that species can live and thrive.
An Opportunity To Learn
The existence of the seven seas is a great tool with which to educate ourselves and upcoming generations.
The oceans can teach colours at a young age – whether green turtles, orange clown fish or red crabs. They can teach empathy for all living things – when watching how they think, interact, build and fight for survival.
They can teach about history – through seeing the remains of wrecks including Titanic. In more recent years, the seas can teach about plastic pollution and the ecological vandalism occurring in these environments.
The sea is a marvellous natural phenomenon that has provided humans with mental stimulation throughout history. From learning empathy and colours in childhood to sustainability and beauty in adulthood – these spaces truly are a wonder of the world.
Spending more time in these spaces, whether on TV or in-person can only serve to expand our minds, calm our anxiety and further develop our empathy.