World Ocean Day
Wednesday 8th June is World Ocean Day, what are you planning to explore with your children?
Here are some ideas:
- Sort shells
- Pop some small world sea creatures into a water tray with some plastic materials, use tweezers to remove the plastic and save the ocean creatures
- Make playdough bubbles for your fish, roll a dice and pop the bubbles, how many do you have left?
- Make a cartesian diver and explore how submarines sink and rise in the water
- Add different amounts of salt to a cup of water, drop in an egg and see why it’s easier to float in the sea
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Here’s some information about our oceans!
There are five oceans that cover just over 70% of our planet, and they are all connected together:
- the Atlantic Ocean
- the Pacific Ocean
- the Indian Ocean
- the Southern Ocean
- the Arctic Ocean
The Pacific is the largest and deepest ocean, in fact it’s so deep that Mount Everest would be more than completely covered by water if it stood on the seafloor.
There are five ocean layers, with different characteristics such as light and temperature, each layer creates a unique habitat for the creatures which live there.
- Epipelagic Zone (Sunlight) – this layer is teeming with life including coral reefs
- Mesopelagic Zone (Twilight) – home to some strange creatures, with large eyes that help them to see e.g. octopus and wolf eel.
- Bathypelagic Zone (Midnight) makes up 90% of the ocean and is up to 4000 metres below the surface, no sunlight reaches here.
- Abyssopelagic Zone (Abyss) it’s completely black here and close to freezing meaning very few creatures live here.
- Hedalpelagic Zone (The Trenches) up to 11,000 meters below the surface is a series of narrow valleys.