Time for some more Expat Living trivia! With World Oceans Day being celebrated on 8 June, we’ve prepared a quiz of 20 questions all about the seas, their creatures and the things they’ve inspired. Dive on in!
#1 In which ocean would you find the Maldives?
#2 Is coral a plant, a fungus or an animal?
#3 Who wrote The Old Man and the Sea?
#4 What do sailors call the strong westerly winds they encounter in the southern hemisphere, generally between a latitude of 40 and 50 degrees?
#5 Orcas are the largest species of dolphin, true or false?
#6 The word SCUBA stands for “Self Contained Underwater” what?
#7 There are four films in the Ocean’s film franchise; the first was called Ocean’s Eleven; what were the next three called?
#8 Which country’s coastline is easily the longest in the world, more than double that of the second-placed country, Norway?
#9 What two words starting with “f” and “j” refer to specific types of marine debris from ships?
#10 What’s the name of the large and very salty lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west?
#11 Of the six biggest recorded waves ever to have been surfed, five have been caught at the same beach in which European country?
#12 True or false: Point Nemo is the name for a spot in the Pacific Ocean that is the farthest place on Earth from land.
#13 With a surname of Ocean, which singer had success in the 1980s with hits including “When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” and “Caribbean Queen”?
#14 Do more of the world’s oceans lie north or south of the equator?
#15 Which of the following is not the name of a sea on the Moon: Sea of Nectar, Sea of Cleverness, Sea of Champagne, Sea of Serenity?
#16 Is an eel a fish?
#17 Starting with A, what island from Greek mythology is said to have sunk into the ocean after falling out of favour with the gods?
#18 The sun sets over the ocean in Perth, Australia: true or false?
#19 Beginning with the letters “M” and “C”, which two islands of the Mediterranean Sea are also independent nations? (Hint: not Mallorca, Corsica or Crete.)
#20 What is the two-word name for the pirate flag featuring a skull and crossbones?
Who am I?
(If you can answer correctly on the first clue, you get 10 points, but you lose a point for each additional clue you require after that.)
- I was born in 1954 in Canada, and I currently live in New Zealand. (10)
- I’ve been married five times. (9)
- In 2010, I was named by Time magazine as one of 100 most influential people in the world. (8)
- After seeing Star Wars in 1977, I quit my job as a truck driver to try my luck in the film industry in California. (7)
- My first project was a short film about a robot battle; it was funded by money borrowed from a group of dentists. (6)
- Things got better after that. A lot better. In fact, my films have grossed US$6 billion worldwide. (5)
- What’s all this got to do with oceans? Well, in 2012, I became the first person ever to make a solo descent to Challenger Deep, the deepest known point on the Earth’s seabed. It’s more than 10km below the surface of the sea. (4)
- I’m also well known for making films set in and around water, including 1989’s The Abyss. (3)
- Though my most lucrative film to date has been Avatar, I’m best known for another ocean-themed film, Titanic. (2)
- I am James who, starting with C? (1)
All the answers!
#2 Animal – it’s a marine invertebrate
#3 Ernest Hemingway
#4 The Roaring Forties
#6 Breathing Apparatus
#7 Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen, Ocean’s Eight
#9 Flotsam and jetsam
#10 Dead Sea
#13 Billy Ocean
#15 Sea of Champagne
#19 Malta and Cyprus
#20 Jolly Roger
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