Did You Know...?

Awesome Facts about the Beach & Ocean!

  1. Beach sand is not just sand, it’s actually made up of loose rock particles, gravel, shingle, pebbles, cobblestones and even shells.  
  2. Beaches come in many different colours: white, gray, gold-yellow, brown, red and even black!
  3. Everybody loves the beach, here are a few interesting facts that you can use to impress your friends next time you find yourself by the sea!
  4. The very best beaches around the World are awarded internationally recognised Blue Flag status, based on things such as water quality and safety conditions.
  5. The longest beach in the world is Praia do Cassino Beach in Rio, Brazil. It stretches out over approximately 212 kilometres.
  6. Last year (2015) the tallest sandcastle ever made stood at a whopping 13.97 metres tall. It was created by Ted Siebert and his team of 19 others on Virginia Key Beach in Miami, Florida.
  7. During winter the Arctic Ocean is almost completely covered in sea ice.
  8. The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth! There are more artefacts and remnants of history in the ocean than in all of the world’s museums combined.
  9. The longest ride ever ridden by a surfer on a wave lasted 37 minutes.
  10. The deepest point in the ocean is almost 11 kilometres down. That’s nearly 2 kilometres deeper than the height of Mount Everest! 
  11. The proportion of people that go to the beach that can't swim is roughly 1 out of 3.