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Victorian Water Lily

The leaves of Victorian water lily can be more than 2m (7ft) across, about the same area as a table tennis table. They are strong enough for a child to sit upon it without sinking.

 

Waitomo Caves of New Zealand

The Waitomo Caves of New Zealand are lit by thousands of luminous fly larvae. They are so sensitive to sound that they immediately ‘switch off’ their lights on hearing a human voice.

 

Walter Poenisch swam from Cuba

In July 1978 Walter Poenisch swam from Cuba – an island in the Caribbean Sea to Florida in the United States. The waters are so dangerous he swam inside a shark cage and took just over 34 hours to complete the 207km (129mile) journey.

 

Wandering albatross

A wandering albatross measures 3.6m (11 ft 9ins) from wing tip to wing tip. It is wider than the smallest areoplane whose wingspan is only 2.18m (7ft 2ins).

 

Water Drier Than Sand

Molecularly speaking, water is actually much drier than sand.

 

Water in the Atmosphere

There is enough water in the atmosphere, that if it all fell as rain at the same time, it would cover the entire surface of the Earth with 2.5 cm (1 in) of water.

 

Waves are caused by the wind blowing

Waves are caused by the wind blowing on the sea. Waves can travel thousands of kilometres, provided there is no land in the way to stop them. Waves which begin in the Indian Ocean may travel 19,000km (11,807 miles) all the way to Alaska.

 

Weigh of Skin

If you were to remove your skin, it would weigh as much as 5 pounds.

 

Wettest days in the English Week

Did you know that the wettest days in the English week are Saturday, Sunday and Monday? Just when we all want to go out and have fun!

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