June 8 is World Oceans Day, so we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about a few things…

The ocean is big. Really, really big.

About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by ocean. In fact, we probably should have called it Planet Ocean, not “Planet Earth.”

deepwater corals
Deep-sea coral in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. Credit: NOAA

The ocean also makes up most of the water on the planet. About 97% of all the water on this blue planet is ocean. Scientists estimate that between 50 and 80% of all life on Earth is found under the ocean surface!

Around the world, more than 3.5 billion people depend on the ocean as their primary food source.

Every time you take a breath, think of the ocean.

More than 50% of the oxygen we breath comes from the ocean. That’s every other breath you take! Marine photosynthesizers like phytoplankton are powerhouses for the planet and provide the air we breathe.

The ocean is vital in the fight against global warming.

The ocean absorbs substantial amounts of the carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases making our world warmer.

Learn more about climate change.

A humpback whale breaches. Photo credit: Laura Howes, Boston Harbor Cruises.
A humpback whale breaches. Photo credit: Laura Howes, Boston Harbor Cruises

Remember. We rely on a healthy ocean, and our ocean relies on us!

 

Celebrate World Oceans Day with Us!

Sunday, June 9, 2019
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Harbor View Terrace, New England Aquarium

All activities are free, open to the public, and do not require Aquarium admission!

(Aquarium admission is not included in the free activities.)