The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of Earth’s oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean (or, depending on definition, to Antarctica) in the south and is bounded by the continents of Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east. In this mesmerizing film, you can see just how diverse the life forms of the Pacific Ocean are and what we need to protect on our beautiful planet.

At 165,250,000 square kilometers (63,800,000 square miles) in area (as defined with an Antarctic southern border), this Ocean covers about 46% of Earth’s water surface and about 32% of its total surface area. This means it is larger than all of Earth’s land area combined (148,000,000 square kilometers). The centers of both the Water Hemisphere and the Western Hemisphere are in the Pacific Ocean. Ocean circulation subdivides it into two largely independent volumes of water, which meet at the equator. The Galápagos and Gilbert Islands, while straddling the equator, are wholly within the South Pacific.

2015 / 52 minutes / Michael Watchulonis

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