“Water, water EVERYWHERE and not a drop to drink” ….. As we traverse this enormous and magnificent ocean here are a few interesting facts to share with you:-
The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on the planet. It covers more than 30% of the earth’s surface. It is so large it is bigger than the landmass of all the world’s continents combined!
The word “Pacific” means peaceful. The Pacific Ocean got its name from the explorer Ferdinand Magellan. He called the ocean “mar pacific”, which meant peaceful sea.
The Pacific Ocean contains more than 75,000 volcanoes.
The Pacific Ocean is home to most of the world’s islands – including Hawaii that we recently visited! There are more than 25,000 islands in the Pacific.
The Yeti crab – pictured below – is one of the most interesting creatures to dwell in the Pacific. It is a most peculiar crustacean, and was only discovered in 2005. It got its name because it does actually look like a Yeti with claws. It was first discovered near the Antarctic Ridge and tends to inhabit the ocean floor. As it cannot see, it is believed that the crab’s hair acts as a sensor so it can be aware of its surroundings. The crab eats mussels, shrimps and other shellfish.
We travel onwards….ever closer to our next landfall on the American west coast! Do join us on our journey!