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Trevor and Francis with net while Francis tries to catch shark.

Trevor and Francis with net while Francis tries to catch shark. (View larger version)

Photograph by Christina Mendenhall

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  • The temperature of the majority of the deep ocean is only a few degrees above freezing.

  • Though many sharks travel through vast sections of ocean, Blacktip reef sharks rarely venture out of a one square mile section of reef.

  • While most fish have what is called a swim bladder that keeps them afloat while stationary, sharks will sink to the bottom if they stop swimming.

  • There are currently 25 different submarine museums in the United States that you can explore.

  • While Cornelius van Drebbel built the first submarine in 1620, Leonardo da Vinci drew the first sketches between 1452 and 1519.

  • A group of jellyfish is called a smack.

  • Known as the fastest fish in the ocean, the Sailfish can reach speeds of 68 mph (110 kilometers).

  • The island of Curacao has over 40 dive spots, some of which are only accessible by boat.

  • The Guinness world record for the most people scuba diving simultaneously is 2,486 in Indonesia.

  • The deepest spot in the ocean is 35,840 feet (10,924 meters) below sea level. That is over a mile higher than Mount Everest.

  • The Viperfish has teeth too large to fit inside its mouth. Instead, they curve back all the way to the fish's eyes.

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