As a child, the thought of swimming in the deep end of the pool terrified me.  That’s where the big sea creatures lived and they were going to pull me down and eat me.  I grew up, and that fear quickly passed… but I’d be lying if I said I was completely comfortable swimming in the deep ocean – especially if I can’t see the bottom.  I assume it’s because there’s a lack of control – I don’t really know what could be coming up from beneath me.  And even though the risk of, say, a shark attack, is extremely low, the fear persists.

This chart shows humans to scale with some of the ocean’s largest animals.  Don’t worry, none of them live in your swimming pool…

World's Largest Ocean Animals
Ocean Giants Infographic by Karl Tate, from