What are the 5 Oceans?

by Robert Cheney

in Ocean

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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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Dinesh Dutta August 29, 2014 at 4:00 am

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


adeen August 19, 2014 at 5:35 am

i was thinking that there were 6 oceans


chicagokathy1022 May 27, 2014 at 10:02 am

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


Hailu Araya January 27, 2014 at 12:39 am

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.


Linda January 21, 2014 at 7:34 am

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.


joe December 26, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Antartic ocean to me, not southern ocaen:-)


Jordandean December 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Lol 7 seas. 5 oceans.


Phil, the philosopher January 30, 2014 at 12:11 am

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 August 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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


Cazza October 13, 2013 at 9:03 pm

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.


Derp September 11, 2013 at 6:40 am

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


AspergersSyndrome January 9, 2015 at 12:34 am

There were already four oceans. the southern ocean is another name and/or the new name for the Antarctic ocean. Also, not too long ago, seven oceans was the amount of oceans. Some of the seas we consider as differnet from oceans today used to be considered oceans.


Rosie July 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

I used to think there were 7 oceans…


varro June 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

yes 7 continent n 5 ocean


Mark September 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

The oceans names should be with their geographical locations.


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