File Photo: The Crew Of Apollo 17 Took This Photograph Of Earth In December 1972 While The Spacecraft Was Traveling Between The Earth And The Moon. The Orange-Red Deserts Of Africa And Saudi Arabia Stand In Stark Contrast To The Deep Blue Of The Oceans And The White Of Both Clouds And Snow-Covered Antarctica. (Photo By Nasa/Getty Images)

Forget what you learned in school, it’s not just Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Indian Oceans anymore. That’s right congratulations are in order. Earth has “given birth to a healthy, happy fifth ocean. The National Geographic Society has announced that Earth has a fifth body of water. I feel like everything I was forced to memorize in school is just falling apart. First Pluto, now oceans, if we get a new continent I’m out. The new ocean is called “The Southern Ocean”. The Southern Ocean stretches the circumference of Antarctica to the 60-degrees South latitudinal line.

The body of water is host to marine life such as humpback whales, penguins, and seals, and is really cold.  Scientists and oceanographers have known about the Southern Ocean for years and it was named by the US Board on Geographic Names two decades ago, however, no one told Science textbook writers or teachers.  You would think that would have been big news. What else are they not telling us? Scientists hope that this announcement will help gain momentum of conservation efforts in the region. If it means saving the penguins go ahead and take my money.

Of Earth’s natural wonders, which one is your favorite?

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Enjoy our gallery of Southern Ocean Wildlife: