We know it's deep, but it is hard to grasp the true depth of the ocean.
This mystery makes it an appealing challenge for those who love exploring foreign worlds. I'm not much of a diver, but I have been on a few dives.
My first dive, and all my subsequent dives, were along the bottom of the Hikurangi Trench, in a place near the Kaikoura Canyon, a submarine canyon located 800 meters off the coast of Kaikoura, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand.
The area has been compared to Africa's Serengeti in terms of how much life is found in the water, so what did I do on my dive there? Not much. I was in awe of just being down there. I went to the bottom of the ocean and just sat, much like I would do on the shore.
I watched the world below the water busy itself around me; just a passive observer. It was one of the most interesting experiences of my life and it got me thinking about the actual size of the ocean.
How Deep Is The Ocean?
The Daily Research has answered that question, putting the depth of the ocean into perspective visually.
Let's take a look.
It's unbelievably mind-blowing to realize the sea is much deeper than even the loftiest part of land above sea level.
What Would It Look Like If You Were Down There?
The team at Whale Watch New Zealand, who observe whales coming close to shore courtesy of the Kaikoura Canyon, can show you.
Now this is obviously not the deepest part of the ocean, but their interpretation is a good one. When you take a trip out to see the whales, you can also see an artistic interpretation of what the canyon below you would look like.
Here is one still of the area showing the actual Kaikoura Canyon, but with the water drained away.
It's a stunning place.
And it's no wonder such diverse life forms are able to thrive down there.
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