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Blue Facts


Did you know?

  • The oceans occupy nearly 70 percent of our planet’s surface.

  • The blue whale, the largest animal on our planet ever (exceeding the size of the greatest dinosaurs) still lives in the ocean; it’s heart is the size of a Volkswagen.

  • Today, 90 percent of the world’s large fish are gone and 90 percent of large sharks have been wiped out.

  • As many as 100 million sharks are killed each year, that’s an average of 11,417 sharks per hour.

  • Bluefin tuna can swim up to 70 km an hour.  This endangered species will go extinct this decade if we continue to overfish it.

  • Global warming is increasing ocean acidity and killing coral reefs.  Today two thirds of the world’s corals are gone.

  • The waters off Lebanon are home to more than 218 fish species and 50 species of sharks, rays, and dolphins, although their populations have declined rapidly over the last decades.

  • Sperm whales and killer whales (orcas) have been spotted off the Lebanese coast.

  • Loggerhead and green sea turtles nest on Lebanon’s beaches every year.  These live up to 100 years and can migrate thousands of kilometers before coming back to the same beach.

  • Plastic waste kills up to 1 million sea birds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish each year.   In Lebanon plastics constitute more than 75 percent of marine litter.

  • Plastic bags take 400 years to biodegrade.  Lebanon consumes approximately 500 million bags per year.  If tied together they would circle our planet 4.5 times.

  • Saida Trash Mountain is one of 670 uncontrolled and illegal dumps across Lebanon.  It is 30 years old, 300 meters high and holds 500,000 tons of trash.