The ocean is a big body of saltwater. Have you ever swum in the ocean? If you do, don’t keep your mouth open because you will certainly taste the salt if you do. The ocean is a beautiful place. It has long sandy beaches that are fun to walk on. It can also have rocky shores or even high cliffs.
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The ocean is a blue color. Do you know why it is blue? It is because of the red part of the light spectrum. The light spectrum is when the sun shines through the water. It causes us to see different colors. As it filters through the water, the color leaves a blue appearance. The ocean can also look green, red, or other colors as the light bounces off things in the water.
There is a lot of life in the ocean. Some of them you probably know, like dolphins, whales, and octopuses. They all live in the ocean. Did you know that a lot of other species live in the ocean? Do you know what species means? A species is a group of living organisms that are similar. They are similar because they all live in the saltwater of the ocean. There are over 240,000 species that live in the ocean. That is a lot of species – they call this Marine life.
Some of the animals or species live deep down in the ocean, some of them live out far in the ocean, but some live close to the ocean shore. Have you ever seen the tiny crabs that run along a beach and go in the water? Sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach, and then the eggs hatch and the little turtles work hard to get into the ocean. Sometimes you can see other animals that live in the ocean on the shore. Seals like to live in the water and play on the shore; penguins also do. Do you know any other animals that live in the ocean and the shore? Can you think of any while you color your ocean pages?
The ocean covers a lot of the earth. In fact, it covers about seventy percent of the planet’s surface. That means the world is mostly ocean. The ocean is also ninety-seven percent of all of the earth’s water. The ocean makes it possible to have all of our living animals, making the ocean very important.
The ocean is one continuous body of water, which means it always touches somewhere in the ocean. The oceanographers, the people who study the ocean, have divided the ocean into four main areas. They are the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean. The Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans all touch together around Antarctica, and the water is very icy there. In Antarctica, some of the ocean areas are frozen, thick ice.
The ocean is also a big part of our changing weather. When the sun is hot, the water evaporates out of the ocean, and then, we can have a rainstorm or a snowstorm. The ocean helps us keep our temperatures stable too. We would be an icy planet if it weren’t for the ocean.
Oceanographers study the ocean floor using special instruments called echo sounders. The echo sounder is sound waves that bounce off of the ocean floor. Under the ocean are big mountains, valleys, cliffs, and large flat areas. Like the earth has all these different areas, so does the ocean.
People take boats in the ocean and some people like to catch fish in the ocean. You can also swim in the ocean. The ocean is pretty amazing. It is fun to think of all of the different parts of the ocean as we color our pages.