Pacific Ocean Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

There are many oceans on Earth, and the Pacific Ocean is one of them. Come learn about this huge ocean, how deep it gets, some interesting animals that live there, and other cool facts about this big body of salty water.

What is the Pacific Ocean?

Imagine being an alien from another planet. You've spotted a mostly blue planet and decide to check it out. You plot your course but aren't sure what you'll find when you get there. After a long plunge, you land in the middle of a lot of blue, wavy liquid. There is no solid ground to be seen. You've just landed on planet Earth in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!

The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean on Earth. It got its name, which means peaceful, from a famous explorer named Magellan in 1520.

Pacific Ocean in dark blue on the map
Pacific Ocean in dark blue on the map

The Pacific Ocean meets the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Southern Ocean at the bottom of the planet.

Imagine now that the Earth was a pizza, divided into three equal pieces. The Pacific Ocean is so big, it would completely cover one piece all by itself. That is more area than all the land on Earth covers!

Into the Deep

The deepest place on Earth is at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. It is called the Challenger Deep and is found in the Mariana Trench, which is like a huge underwater ditch.

But you'll probably never get to go there because the Challenger Deep is almost 7 miles under the ocean. You would have to stack the Empire State Building on top of itself almost 29 times to equal 7 miles!

Interesting Animals

In an ocean as big as the Pacific, there is plenty of room for a lot of interesting animals to live. Some of these animals include:

  • Frilled sharks
  • Blue whales (the biggest animals in the world)
  • Sea turtles
  • Puffer fish

Frilled shark mouth
Frilled shark mouth

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