What are the 5 Oceans?

by Robert Cheney

in Ocean

5 Oceans of the World

As you may know, Earth’s global ocean makes up approximately 71% of the planet’s surface. In other words, if you were in space and threw a rock at earth, nearly 3 out of 4 times you would hit the ocean. That’s a lot of water, for sure. In order to categorize this vast amount, we have chosen to break this body of water into 5 major oceans. Much like breaking the world into 7 continents we have 5 massive bodies of water all connected and part of Earth’s global ocean.

So, what are the 5 oceans?
Well here is a list of the 5 oceans (sorted by largest in area first):

  • Pacific Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Indian Ocean
  • Southern Ocean aka Antarctic Ocean
  • Arctic Ocean

I used to think there were 7 oceans and even Googled, “What are the 7 oceans” but came up with results that only showed 5 oceans indeed!

The Southern Ocean is the newest ocean having only been designated as such in 2000.

How many seas are there?
There are 113 seas (if you include the landlocked seas, 110 if you do not).

5 oceans-sing-a-long

This song should make it easier to remember the 5 oceans

Let me answer some common questions about the 5 oceans of the world:

What are the five oceans from biggest to smallest?
Those are listed above

What are the five oceans of the world?
Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic

What are the five oceans from largest to smallest?
See first list

What are the five oceans and 7 continents
5 Oceans – Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern and Arctic
7 Continents – Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

What are the five main oceans of the earth?
See above

What is the best book on the ocean?
Ocean (American Museum of Natural History)
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  • http://www.orma.com Mark

    The oceans names should be with their geographical locations.

  • L

    what is this?

    • sweet girl

      wat u mean by that

  • sweet girl

    this page is the best

  • loopy

    lol, how dumb r u to think there r 7 oceans!

    • Rosie

      I used to think there were 7 oceans…

      • asd

        you smell bad

    • Tesla

      That’s funny your making fun of a guy just because he does not know a piece of information when you don’t even know how to spell, its are not ‘r’ and its you not ‘u’ smart one.

      • Noctis Smith

        This is the an internet you moron

        shorthand and abbreviations are as common as piss in a toilet

    • Alfie

      lol, how dumb are you to theink that ‘r’ and ‘u’ are words?

      • manees

        It’s think not “theink”, and ‘r’ and ‘u’ are letters which define words.

    • ur mom

      tbh if you knew how many oceans there are, you wouldn’t be here!

  • varro

    yes 7 continent n 5 ocean

  • hzfhs


    • Flute


  • celio

    the poem dosent help at all :(

  • Flute

    what the?

  • Flute


  • Lulukee

    The song is super lame

  • hanna


  • Derp

    I thought there were only 4 oceans, i gotta start getting into the new century

  • azzy

    i know right

  • Bob

    Hey bros. who’s here for Joel’s milkshakes

  • Cazza

    Ok I’m showing my age now. Yes, there were considered to be 7 oceans. I remember the Mediterranean Sea was definitely one and the Caribbean Sea may have been the other one. Use your brains Loopy, things are constantly being re-classified. This, obviously, is one of them.

  • ben

    Fuck them suck dicks

  • ben


  • ben

    sucks dick bullshit

  • rachel villanueva

    i do not quite understand about the 7 oceans… :(

  • Jordandean

    Lol 7 seas. 5 oceans.

    • Phil, the philosopher

      I was thinking the same thing, but I’m sure he’s talking about every mass of water with the name “sea” in it. Off the top of my head I can name about ten without reallly thinking, but there are only seven that are really seas. I understand why it’s confusing for those who don’t know, but I also know it’s frustrating. Oh well. Just speaking my mind.

      P.S. People on the internet aren’t always right because their info is FROM the internet. It’s a recursive function I like to call HUMAN ERROR. We are all guilty of it. Especially those who say they aren’t.

    • anish

      seas and oceans are different dude.oceans are further divided into seas.there 5 oceans and those are divided into 113 seas.

  • joe

    Antartic ocean to me, not southern ocaen:-)

  • Linda

    it says that the southern ocean was only designated in 2000,but I learnt in school in 1984 that there are 5 oceans and the southern ocean was 1 of them.

    • Marie Noybn

      i remember it as being the antarctic ocean..

  • Hailu Araya

    There are four oceans only. Any body who wants to make them five should convince first Geographers before writing some thing new. It is unethical.

    • diablo135

      Ask Pluto about that

  • Gabi

    there was 7 oceans

  • eric

    I travelled the and the 7 seas….remember this song?

  • eric

    ….the world…

  • Jack Madison

    I’ve sailed across four of the five oceans.
    I’m obviously very bored.

  • CIelo


  • starert

    play tanki online http://www.tankionline.com

  • marina


  • marina

    is the southern atlantic ocean a 5 tops oceanssss

  • sadgay

    there are actually 203 oceans.. read your facts

  • chicagokathy

    I came up with a mnemonic to remember Rhee 5 oceans: Anthony (Atlantic) and (Arctic) Plan (Pacific) sell (Southern) ice (Indian).

  • chicagokathy

    I sure made typos: Anthony and Pam sell ice

  • chicagokathy1022

    A good mnemonic is: Anthony and Pam sell ice: Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, Southern, Indian

  • vishnu sharma

    name of the ocean

  • adeen

    i was thinking that there were 6 oceans

  • Dinesh Dutta

    Indian ocean named after my country India. No other country received that pride. Proud to be INDIAN.

  • Gg

    Explain the oceans

  • hehehe

    i cannot remember the song

    • Amy

      same here

  • Amy

    thought there were 7 oceans

  • staci huggins

    The ocean’s are sooo biggg

  • staci huggins

    There are 5 ocean

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