Amazing facts about the ocean

The ocean is such an amazing and diverse part of our planet, and it's our responsibility to make sure we're doing everything we can to protect it. 

You can do your bit by ditching single-use plastic items and opting for reusable alternatives, such as reusable sandwich wraps and bags.

Here are some facts about our amazing oceans to help inspire you.

1. The ocean occupies an area of about 362 million square kilometres, which is around 71 per cent of the Earth's surface. 

2. The average depth of the ocean is a jaw-dropping 3,720 metres deep.

3. That doesn't mean it doesn't plunge even further, though. The deepest point in the entire ocean is a breathtaking approximate of 11,000 metres, located in the western Pacific's Mariana Trench. 

4. The Great Barrier reef is bigger than the UK, Switzerland and Holland combined – yes, it's huge! It's also the largest living structure on the planet, home to an incredible amount of life such as turtles, sharks, jellyfish, dolphins and more. It's so big it can be seen from space – and it's right in our own backyard. 

5. Want to come face to face with the creature with the biggest eyes in the world? You'll have to head pretty far into the depths of the ocean to find the giant squid with its pretty peepers reaching around 30cm across. That's the size of an average dinner plate, according to the Natural History Museum of London.

6. There are probably a lot of species hiding on the ocean floor that we haven't yet discovered, considering the vast depths and distances involved. In fact, according to the Census of Marine Life revealed in 2010 that followed ten years of research, there are at least 750,000 undiscovered marine species amongst our oceans. We can give these creatures the best chance of survival by reducing waste and litter and by taking more general care of our planet.