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Just How Deep is the Ocean, Really?


How deep is the ocean? The answer to that question, and many more, is in this colorful infographic cartoon.

Have you ever been on an offshore fishing trip and wondered “How deep is the ocean?”

I don’t mean how deep is your fishing hole because you can probably see that on your fish finder. But the ocean itself, at its deepest point… how deep is that?

Davey Jones’ locker is still a relatively new frontier for science, with lots of unknowns and unanswered questions. What lies beneath the surface is still a mystery to most of us, but there are a few answers in this short film that explain some of the knowledge that we do have about the depths of our oceans.

The simple answer to the question “How deep is the ocean?” is that it’s average depth is roughly 14,000 feet, or 4,267 meters. That’s 2.65 miles. To put things into perspective, this depth is fourteen times as much as the height of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

However, at its deepest point in the Mariana Trench known as the “Challenger Deep,” the ocean depth is 36,069 feet, or 10,994 meters. That’s equal to the height of seven times the Eiffel Tower, in addition to the height of Mount Everest.

The Challenger Deep has been explored by man twice. Once in 1960 by Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard, and again in 2012 by film director James Cameron, maker of the film “Titanic.” The Titanic sank to 12,467 feet, or 3,800 meters.

So how deep is the ocean? It’s safe to say, it’s pretty deep.


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Just How Deep is the Ocean, Really?