The world's largest seas

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Seaside is the most common destination where the British spend their holidays. There is something appealing about long walks along the beach and listening to the sound of sea waves washing the shore.

If you are among the 2/3 of the British who enjoy seside holidays the most, you may want to know what the largest seas in the world are. Maybe one of them is going to be your future holiday destination?

10 largest seas on Earth
Area (km2)
1
Philippine Sea
5,177,562
2
Coral Sea
4,791,000
3
Arabian Sea
3,862,000
4
South China Sea
3,500,000
5
Weddell Sea
2,800,000
6
Caribbean Sea
2,754,000
7
Mediterranean Sea
2,500,000
8
Tasman Sea
2.330,000
9
Bering Sea
2,291,900
10
Bay of Bengal
2,172,000


The above table doesn’t include oceans, which are much larger bodies of saline water than the seas (seas are parts of the oceans).

There are five oceans on Earth: the biggest one is the Pacific Ocean, then, in this order, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, the Southern Ocean and the Arctic Ocean.

Did you know?

1. The Weddell Sea has the cleanest water of all the seas on Earth.
2. The Mediterranean Sea, being connected to around 60 countries, has played an important role in international trade and travel since ancient times.
3. Over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with saline water.
4. It is estimated that less than 5% of oceans have been explored.

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