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Friday Vari-e-tay: The Sea

This is my extensive list of "Things I Know About the Sea."
  1. It is large.
  2. It is salty.
  3. It is too cold to swim in, at least in Canada.
  4. Fish live there.
  5. Seaweed grows there.
  6. Some places have coral. Sometimes coral gets diseases and people study them. I don't know why.
  7. Some places it is so deep that we haven't seen the bottom yet.
  8. Some places you can fish for crab and lobster. I have done this. I also jigged (jogged?) for cod.
  9. There are dolphins and sharks in the sea.
  10. Whales are mammals.
  11. Sea cucumbers are animals! I have touched them.
  12. There are both freshwater and saltwater otters.
  13. Some birds live off fish. They are called seabirds.
  14. Male seahorses carry the babies before they are born.
  15. The highest tides in the world are in Canada - at the Bay of Fundy. They can be up to 16.3 metres high.
  16. Canada has the longest coastline in the world.
  17. Three times as much rubbish, by weight, is dumped in the ocean than fish are caught.
  18. A group of jellyfish is called a "smack."
  19. Herrings swim in "sieges."
  20. Guillemots run in "bazaars." (for the record, Guillaumes and Guillemots are very different from one another - one is a good-looking French man, and the other is a seabird of the Charadriiformes order. Although they do come from the same root word.)*

I have only seen this movie once. But I'm pretty sure it's the most influential film on children's understanding of the ocean.

*for the record, I stole facts 15 through 20 from
my friend Alasdair. I did, however, look up all by myself the extra facts about guillemots being of the order Charadriiformes and that they share a root with the name Guillaume.


Karen said…
I learned about crustaceans and baby flounder from that same documentary.
Laura J said…
I can totally tell you wrote this at 12am.
Beth said…
karen: AND forks and mermaids.

laura: i do my best writing at midnight, wouldn't you agree??
Sarah said…
The word "rubbish" in point 17 made me think of the UK. At first I thought it had something to do with recent twitters, but thanks to your explanation, it all makes sense :)
Anonymous said…
re # 3: The sea is not really too cold to swim in, it just requires courage!

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