“The sea was angry that day, my friends — like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli!” echo the immortal words of Seinfeld’s George Costanza before he launched into an exaggerated story about saving a whale. Although ol’ Georgie was fraudulently purporting to be a marine biologist at the time, he was at least telling the truth about one thing: The world’s oceans can be quite frightening and unforgiving. And the scariest part about them might not be the things we do know, but the things we don’t.
After all, it’s estimated that two-thirds of all sea life still completely eludes scientists, which is understandable considering 71 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with ocean that contains about 320 million cubic miles of water at an average depth of over 12,000 feet.
Feel small yet? You should, because not only is the ocean infamous for swallowing up people, it has also claimed a countless number of planes, ships, and even entire cities and civilizations.
I used to make fun of my fiancée for being wary of the ocean and the mysteries it contains, but after writing this article about eight of the biggest unexplainable aquatic inscrutabilities, I finally understand.
By the way, on a completely unrelated note, I think we’re moving to Nebraska tomorrow.