Updated: February 14, 2023Published: November 22, 2022
People often refer to the sea and the ocean as if they were saying the same thing. Since they are both continuous and extensive bodies of water above the surface of the earth.
Added to this, people live closer to the sea than to the ocean, which may be the reason for using both words. However, there are differences between the two bodies of water —which I’ll explain in this post.
After reading this article, you’ll understand why the Mediterranean sea is “a sea” and not an Ocean. This will allow you to understand ALL the curiosities about the Mediterranean Sea I have uncovered in this blog!!
But this is just the beginning of a great adventure through the sea bottom. If you want more about the Mediterranean Sea, I recommend you to visit the following article:
The Mediterranean is not an Ocean. It is one of the seas of the Atlantic Ocean, located in the region that brings together southern Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa. It is connected to the Atlantic Ocean by the Strait of Gibraltar, the North Sea by the Dardanelles Strait, and the Red Sea by the Suez Canal.
2. Differences between a Sea and an Ocean
Now you can be wondering:
“What makes the Mediterranean Sea a Sea and not an Ocean?”
Well, there are differences between the two bodies of water: size, depth, and marine life. But first, let me define what a sea and an ocean are.
The concept of the sea is a large expanse of salt water that may or may not be connected to an ocean, although it usually is.
Oceans represent large expanses of saltwater that are part of the planet’s hydrosphere. Oceans cover most of the earth’s surface and even separate continents.
The main difference between the sea and the ocean is its size. The main difference between the two is their extension since seas are smaller than oceans. In addition, seas are closed, located between the land and the oceans. In contrast, oceans are open, more profound, and have strong marine currents.
Oceans have a greater depth than seas. Due to that, oceans can reach lower temperatures than the seas, approximately 4 degrees at any point. On the other hand, seas are closer to the land masses, so they receive more solar radiation and reach higher temperatures than oceans. (However, this varies from sea to sea) Precisely because of their proximity to the land, the seas suffer greater desertification with increasing global warming, while the oceans have increased their volume of water due to the melting of the poles and glaciers.
There is a diversity of marine species in both oceans and seas. Nevertheless, there’s greater diversity in seas than in oceans, mainly because of their proximity to the land since shallow coastlines promote abundant marine plants and animals. On the other hand, oceans have basic life forms, such as plankton, bacteria, and shrimp, since there is little light and too much water pressure at great depths.
In the Mediterranean Sea there is a lot of marine life, including amazing sharks that are not often talked about!! find out here:
Last summer, I toured the beaches of the Mediterranean coast, starting from the French border to Murcia, and these are some of the highlights of an incredible experience on the Mediterranean Sea:
Girona Beach Walk - Sa Conça (S’Agaro)
Valencia Beach Walk - Cabanyal
Barcelona Beach Walk - Cala Ginesta
Alicante Beach Walk - Calpe
Tarragona Beach Walk - Cala Romana
The Mediterranean coast is full of seaside resorts and medieval cities, which usually top the lists of holiday destinations worldwide. In short, it offers us a real opportunity to enjoy Spain and the Mediterranean Sea in the form of an extensive trip full of stops to add. Take a look at the following post, where you will find out about the magical white villages on the Mediterranean coast:
I’m glad you came here to learn about the Mediterranean Sea. This sea, in particular, is considered in Spain as one of the greatest blessings of the Iberian Peninsula as it allows conecting routes to many different destinations in Europe!!
Inigo Navarro is a seasoned travel writer with a deep understanding of Spain's cities, culture, people and language. Born and raised in Spain, he has spent years exploring the country and is currently one of the most-read Travel Bloggers about Spain. Inigo is also an experienced digital marketer, a father to 4 beautiful children and a huge Real Madrid Fan. ¡Hala Madrid!