10 facts about the Gulf of Mexico


Cesar Rangel, contributor

The Gulf of Mexico is very important because it is used by many people for many purposes. Some use it as a way of transportation, others use it as a source of food.


  1. It is the 9th largest body of water in the world
  2. It’s mostly shallow but has a pit/ trough that is 14,383 feet deep
  3. By 2025, the population along the coast should be 61.4 million people
  4. The gulf is home to 5 threatened or endangered sea turtle species
  5. 49 species of shark are known to be located in the gulf such as bull sharks and tiger sharks.
  6. The gulf also has sea mammals such as manatees, bottlenose dolphins, and sperm whales
  7. The Gulf of Mexico has “8 of the top 20 fishing ports in the nation.”
  8. The majority of the fish in Floridas sports fishing live in the coral reefs of the Gulf.
  9. There are four major industries in the Gulf of Mexico: fishing shipping, tourism, and oil.
  10. The first European exploration happened in 1497 by Amerigo Vespucci


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