World Ocean Day is an important day to be recognized around the world. But, for Georgia Aquarium, it is bigger than just one day – it is an ongoing movement to change the way we care for our ocean and the animals that call it home.
But how much do we really know about our ocean? Over 70 percent of our planet is covered in water, but more than 80 percent of the ocean has never been mapped, explored, or even seen by humans. The knowledge we have collected only shows us a small glimpse into the vast beauty of the ocean’s depths.
What is for certain, is that our ocean provides for our planet in a way that is unrivaled – down to the air we breathe. Here are some fast facts about what our ocean does for our life on Earth:
- At least half of the planet’s oxygen comes from the ocean
- Much of our oxygen is from the photosynthesis of plankton (drifting plants, algae, and bacteria)
- Coral reefs support more than 25 percent of all marine life but only makeup only 1 percent of the ocean floor. Unfortunately, threats such as rising water temperature and pollution are increasingly jeopardizing the survival of our coral reefs
- Without coral reefs, over a fourth of the ocean’s marine life would be in danger
The more we learn about our ocean, the more we discover how much we need it. World Ocean Day may only be one day, but the ocean needs our help every day. Here are some ways you can help:
- Limit single-use plastics like straws
- Use coral-safe sunscreen
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle as much and as often as you can
- Participate in community cleanups
- Shop sustainable seafood
Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to protect and preserve our ocean by putting thoughts and ideas into action and spreading awareness through education. While our efforts span the globe, we can start accomplishing these goals right here at home. By bringing people up close to aquatic animals, immersing them in ocean ecosystems, while also conducting groundbreaking global research.
Join us in recognizing World Ocean Day and check out our social channels for more inspiring content. Use the hashtag #WorldOceanDay to spread awareness for our ocean.