Seas of the World

Can you name the 100 oceans, seas, gulfs, bays, straits and more pictured on the map below?
main source: International Maritime Organization, with additions
excludes Antarctic waters (e.g. Southern Ocean) or borderless seas (e.g. Sargasso Sea)
use the ZOOM!
Quiz by Gassu
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Last updated: February 21, 2021
First submittedJanuary 27, 2018
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Oceans
Arctic Ocean
Atlantic Ocean
Indian Ocean
Pacific Ocean
 
Estuary
Río de la Plata
 
Sea Route Network
Northwestern
Passages
 
Endorheic Basin
Caspian Sea
Seas
Aegean Sea
Adriatic Sea
Alboran Sea
Andaman Sea
Arabian Sea
Arafura Sea
Balearic Sea
Baltic Sea
Banda Sea
Barents Sea
Beaufort Sea
Bering Sea
Bismarck Sea
Black Sea
Caribbean Sea
Celebes Sea
Celtic Sea
Ceram Sea
Chukchi Sea
Coral Sea
East China Sea
East Siberian Sea
Flores Sea
Greenland Sea
Halmahera Sea
Ionian Sea
Irish Sea
Seas
Java Sea
Kara Sea
Labrador Sea
Laccadive Sea
Laptev Sea
Ligurian Sea
Mediterranean Sea
Molukka Sea
North Sea
Norwegian Sea
Pechora Sea
Philippine Sea
Red Sea
Salish Sea
Savu Sea
Sea of Azov
Sea of Japan
Sea of Marmara
Sea of Okhotsk
Solomon Sea
South China Sea
Sulu Sea
Tasman Sea
Timor Sea
Tyrrhenian Sea
White Sea
Yellow Sea
Gulfs
Gulf of Aden
Gulf of Alaska
Gulf of Anadyr
Gulf of Aqaba
Gulf of Boni
Gulf of Bothnia
Gulf of California
Gulf of Carpentaria
Gulf of Finland
Gulf of Guinea
Gulf of Maine
Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Oman
Gulf of Panama
Gulf of Riga
Gulf of St. Lawrence
Gulf of Suez
Gulf of Thailand
Gulf of Tomini
Gulf of Tonkin
Persian Gulf
Straits / Channels
Bass Strait
Cook Strait
Davis Strait
English Channel
Hudson Strait
Kattegat
Mozambique Channel
Skagerrak
Strait of Makassar
Strait of Malacca
 
Bays / Bights
Baffin Bay
Bay of Bengal
Bay of Biscay
Bay of Fundy
Great Australian Bight
Hudson Bay
San Francisco Bay
Tokyo Bay
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Level 72
Feb 21, 2021
The quiz has now been updated with a better source. I tried to fix as many suggestions as you guys proposed. Sadly, by a hair's breadth, I wasn't able to finish the changes before the FP - which means points need to be re-earned :(

I hope you guys will still enjoy the updated quiz, and am sorry for the delay and the loss in points.

- Gassu

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Level 72
Jan 27, 2018
My most difficult quiz so far! A few notes:

-inspired by KoljiVriVoda's quiz "Seas on the World Map"

-I have no idea why the answers don't contain the typical JetPunk green or red

-I tried to make it as accurate as possible. Some minor faults might be included

Enjoy!

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Level 74
Jan 27, 2018
Nice work :)
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Level 54
Jan 18, 2021
Agreed!
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Level 77
Jan 28, 2018
Very nice job.
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Level 74
Jan 29, 2018
excellent! any thoughts on giving a slightly different colour to bays/gulfs?
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Level 72
Jan 29, 2018
Right now no, but maybe in a sequel
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Level 67
Feb 1, 2018
Excellent quiz! Made me realise how much I didn't know
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Level 68
Aug 15, 2018
47/64
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Level 68
Aug 23, 2018
No Gulf of Maine? :(
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Level 47
Nov 1, 2018
TURKEY WHY!?!?!
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Level 42
May 24, 2019
Why does English Channel not accept only English?
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Level 76
Mar 1, 2021
Agreed -- any chance you could accept English for English Channel? I just figured I was wrong after trying 'english'. Thanks for updating the quiz btw!
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Level 59
Jul 23, 2020
Why does the Persian gulf light up when I type Arabian?
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Level 52
Sep 21, 2020
In most Arabian countries, it is called the Arabian Gulf
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Level 79
Aug 12, 2020
Even though it is named a sea I feel like the Caspian sea should get it's own category. Maybe endorheic sea or something like that.
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Level 62
Nov 13, 2020
Nominated!
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Level 62
Nov 13, 2020
I think Asov should be accepted.
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Level 62
Jan 21, 2021
The Russian letter з which is the letter for a voiced s is mostly romanised as z, but since in English s also often represents the voiced s, I was thinking you might accept it, since not everyone has seen the Sea of Azov written out before, but still know of its existance and name and would thus like credit for this knowledge independent of their Cyrillic romanisation skills. (Interestingly, this comment includes proof of s being used as a representative for the voiced s sound, since British orthography dictates -isation be written with s.)
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Level 22
Nov 20, 2020
Southern Ocean?
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Level 75
Nov 30, 2020
Good quiz. Absence of Timor Sea surprised me though.
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Level 75
Jan 31, 2021
Further to this, Bismarck Sea and Solomon Sea to the NE and E of New Guinea could also be added. Andaman Sea between Andaman Islands and Malayan peninsula also.
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Level 62
Feb 3, 2021
Totally agreed about Andaman Sea. It seems missing to me, as it's distinct from Bay of Bengal.
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Level 75
Feb 21, 2021
Loving the update! Excellent work.
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Level 57
Dec 24, 2020
Gulf of Tonkin?
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Level 62
Dec 28, 2020
Great job! Exactly the kind of quiz I was waiting for!
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Level 43
Jan 18, 2021
Excellent quiz! It’s what I like to find when I look for quizzes. Congratulations, and nominated!
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Level 34
Jan 26, 2021
this is a good quiz but despite the fact its called Caspian SEA it is actually not classified as a sea nor is it classified as a lake

https://www.bing.com/search?q=is+caspian+sea+a+lake&cvid=7a38c12f4a2b43a690cf12352409cb26&pglt=43&FORM=ANNTA1&PC=U531&adlt=strict

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Level 55
Jan 28, 2021
Am I to understand you would rather type "Caspian Body of Undefined Territory?"
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Level 71
Feb 4, 2021
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Level 50
Jan 29, 2021
Feature-O!
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Level 52
Jan 29, 2021
Caspian Sea is a lake, not a sea.

Still would fit with the bodies of water theme though.

And where are the Great Lakes?

Maybe you should consider adding these in a sequel?

By the way I nominated this, great quiz!

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Level 52
Jan 29, 2021
I would know, my quizzes are bad

I'm an amateur

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Level 59
Jan 29, 2021
Nice quiz! Nominated!
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Level 59
Jan 29, 2021
Maybe change the title to "Major Bodies of Water on a Map"?
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Level 90
Feb 1, 2021
Terrific quiz!
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Level 84
Feb 1, 2021
Seram Sea? Halmahera Sea?
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Level 71
Feb 2, 2021
Can you maybe put circles around Rio de la plata and Lake Maracaibo? I didn't even see that the former one was on the map until the time was out. :-/

Great quiz otherwise! I still have a lot to learn.

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Level 76
Feb 7, 2021
That would definitely be good. I got Rio de la Plata when I saw the Estuary category, but I missed Maracaibo.
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2021
This is great but a lot of them are very small and hard to find, hopefully we can get some dots/circles to make them visible
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Level 65
Feb 2, 2021
Surely there should be a Southern Ocean included in such an in-depth quiz?
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Level 70
Feb 2, 2021
Rio de la Plata is a River, not a Sea. Rio means river in Spanish
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Level 79
Feb 2, 2021
Wikipedia: "Depending on the geographer, the Río de la Plata may be considered a river, an estuary, a gulf or a marginal sea." Similarly "The Gulf of Carpentaria is a large, shallow sea ..." Gulf/sea is often a matter of convention. Adriatic sea could be easily named a gulf.
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Level 87
Feb 2, 2021
Isn't Rio de la Plata considered a river?
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Level ∞
Feb 2, 2021
I agree with many of the comments above. Gassu?
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Level 72
Feb 2, 2021
All valid points. I should've made it clearer that the map only represents a selection. Added a caveat.
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Level ∞
Feb 2, 2021
I was thinking in particular this comment:

"This is great but a lot of them are very small and hard to find, hopefully we can get some dots/circles to make them visible".

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Level 47
Feb 3, 2021
I agree with this, lake Maracaibo and Rio de la Plata are near impossible to see.
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Level 72
Feb 4, 2021
I'll have a look
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Level 76
Mar 1, 2021
I guess Dead Sea is too small to be included? And same for the Bay of Fundi (which has the highest tides in the world, but is small)?
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Level 72
Mar 1, 2021
The Bay of Fundy is included!
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Level 90
Feb 3, 2021
Love this quiz. One note, Baffin Bay is universally known as that... I've never seen it written as "Bay of Baffin" before.
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Level 81
Feb 5, 2021
AWESOME quiz! I hereby start a petition to include the Sargasso Sea in the next update! Like this post if you agree!
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Level 81
Feb 21, 2021
UPDATE: Petition to include Sargasso Sea DENIED.
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Level 68
Feb 6, 2021
Please just accept "English" for "English Channel". It doesn't seem right that you have to type th body of water for this one when you don't on every single other body of water.
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Level 63
Feb 19, 2021
You don't have to type both. It accepts "Channel", as it should.
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Level 71
Apr 26, 2021
Should accept 'English' for the English Channel, that is it's name, same as Mozambique Channel and others named for the nearness such as, Irish, Norwegian, Philippine, Alaska, California, Finland, Mexico, Maine, Oman, Panama, Thailand etc etc
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Level 76
Feb 7, 2021
I get that this isn't definitive, but I feel at least all the oceans should probably be included. Although I suppose this map kinda misses it - it only goes to about 55°S and the Southern Ocean starts at 60°S.
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Level 75
Feb 8, 2021
It isn't accepted by everyone as an ocean, guess the maker of the quiz included?
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Level 75
Feb 21, 2021
After the edit, I think the issue is that the map doesn't extend to Antarctica - because the cited source has the Southern Ocean and various Antarctic Seas around the ice shelves.
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Level 57
Feb 8, 2021
Can you accept "English" for English Channel?
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Level 63
Feb 19, 2021
You really shouldn't. I know English people loving slapping their name on things that they don't own, but that doesn't mean we should indulge it.
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2021
Obviously your Anglophobia is showing ........you do not mind the 'Norwegian Sea' / Mozambique Channel / Irish Sea / South China Sea / Philippine Sea / Gulf of Panama / Java Sea / Gulf of Oman-Thailand-California / Indian Ocean etc etc.
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Level 63
Feb 20, 2021
I'm not at all an Anglophobe! I've lived in London twice, and even worked for Her Majesty's Government in the Foreign Office. It's just that in almost every language, this clearly shared sea is know by some variation of "La Manche", "La Mancha", "der Ärmelkanal". Even in Dutch, it's just called "The Channel" (Het Kanaal). It's literallly just the English who feel like they have to slap their name on this, and even in English, the operative word is clearly "Channel", not "English". When you call it "the Channel", people will know what you mean, and there won't be any doubt as to which channel is meant. When you call it "the English", people will have no idea whatsoever what you're talking about.
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Level 76
Mar 1, 2021
@dunkinggandalf2 It's not about anyone calling it "the English." It's about adding a less labour-intensive type-in, and moreover one that is consistent with the rest of the channels appearing in this quiz that do not require typing 'channel' after their names. No one calls it "the Oman" or "the Philippine" etc. yet I can type Oman and Philippine in for those channels. Feel free to dispute whether or not it should be called the English Channel, but that's got nothing to do with what people are requesting.
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Level 84
Apr 28, 2021
If you really knew the answer you would type Channel and get it right; no need to type English and not quicker as it has the same number of letters.
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Level 76
Feb 16, 2021
Would be nice if some the smaller ones could be highlighted. Difficult to see Rio de la plata, Maracaibo, Marmara for example
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Level 73
Feb 19, 2021
Great quiz!
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Level 63
Feb 19, 2021
Huh. I've been bathing in the Celtic sea in Brittany every summer for all of my life, and I had no idea! I knew it was the Atlantic ocean, obviously, but I also knew that portion as the "Mer d'Iroise", which, it turns out, is a part of the Celtic sea. Who knew!
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Level 62
Feb 19, 2021
i've never heard anyone in the UK or Ireland, or Cornwall for that matter, refer to the 'Celtic' Sea. Anyone out there from the southern counties of Eire call it that?
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Level 63
Feb 20, 2021
I haven't heard it in Brittany either, but it's probably not an everyday name anywhere, since, if you've live by the sea, you're more likely to call it "the sea" anyway, without bothering to name it - hence my surprise. But I've looked it up, and it is indeed real, and you better believe I'll be using it regularly from now on!
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Level 66
Feb 22, 2021
I've never heard of the Celtic Sea either.
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Level 62
Feb 19, 2021
Sorry, meant to add that it's a very interesting and enjoyable quiz.
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Level 82
Feb 19, 2021
You shouldn't accept Arabian Gulf for Persian Gulf.
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Level 67
Feb 19, 2021
Great fun. I only got around 40 answers but I learnt a lot. Wild guesses like "Norwegian" and "Greenland" were especially satisfying to see pop up as correct answers!
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Level 67
Feb 19, 2021
Quite a tough one. I didn't know many of the seas/gulfs/straits around Indonesia/New Guinea/Australia. Also, I typed in "East" and it gave me the Sea of Japan, so I got confused and thought that it was the same as the East China Sea :P
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Level 79
Feb 21, 2021
That's the Korean name
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Level 67
Mar 13, 2021
Yikes, I didn't realize that there's a huge controversy surrounding this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_of_Japan_naming_dispute#Arguments
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Level 16
Feb 19, 2021
I’m really bad at oceans
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Level 16
Feb 19, 2021
I did get all 50 states in 5 minutes and I’m litarlly 9.

( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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Level 50
Feb 19, 2021
Wrong quiz
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Level 63
Feb 19, 2021
Also nobody cares
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Level 60
Feb 19, 2021
ikrrrrrrrrr
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Level 63
Feb 20, 2021
Yes, mainly that.
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Level 38
Feb 26, 2021
Completely wrong quiz
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Level 52
Feb 19, 2021
As opposed to 'figuratively' 9?
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Level 59
Feb 19, 2021
I got all states in 1 minute and a half when I was seven. I got all countries in 7 minutes when I was nine. I don't see what the big deal is.
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Level 61
Feb 19, 2021
Maracaibo and rio de la plata are VERRRY hard to see. Circles or arrows would be very helpful
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Level 60
Feb 19, 2021
I got 52/62 and missed Arctic Ocean. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
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Level 63
Feb 19, 2021
Could you be a bit more forgiving on the spelling of Okhotsk?
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Level 67
Feb 19, 2021
Any reason why the Balearic Sea wasn’t included?
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Level 49
Feb 20, 2021
Aced it. I barely got the Rio de la Plata. This is a good quiz!
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Level 68
Feb 21, 2021
Love the new map after the update, great quiz! Thanks :)
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Level 67
Feb 21, 2021
Yeah, great work!
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Level 72
Feb 21, 2021
thanks, guys!

very much appreciated

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Level 80
Feb 21, 2021
LOL at "Bay" working for San Francisco Bay. I was needlessly typing "Bay of Biscay".
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Level 59
Feb 21, 2021
Nice update!
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Level 90
Feb 22, 2021
I would buy the explanation for accepting just "channel" but not just "english" for the English Channel if it were the only one, but it's not. The only way to distinguish, then, is to be specific. The specific part is "english" not "channel." So, as with all other answers, the specific part alone should be accepted.
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Level 49
Feb 22, 2021
Love the update, this can very challenging/fun for other quizzers!
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Level 49
Feb 23, 2021
Shoot, my grammar failed me. Forgot to add "be" after "very."
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Level 77
Feb 22, 2021
Woah, this quiz is excellent. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Level 75
Feb 22, 2021
Awesome quiz!
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Level 62
Feb 23, 2021
What a great update you did here! Awesome quiz :)
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Level 59
Feb 23, 2021
my dumb brain can't spell arctic
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Level 71
Feb 26, 2021
Oh my god, I had to type it four times! I'm glad I'm not alone.
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Level 75
Feb 26, 2021
What about the Gulf of Sidra in Libya, James Bay in Canada, the Denmark Strait, and the seas around Antarctica?
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Level 52
Feb 27, 2021
This quiz never claimed to be a comprehensive list of every body of water in the world.
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Level 71
Feb 26, 2021
I love the updated version, but maybe could use a little more time? It's still kinda hard to see all the little places, even with the pop-out circles.
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Level 85
Feb 27, 2021
Strait(s) of Gibraltar????

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strait_of_Gibraltar

Connecting the Atlantic to the Mediterranean seems quite important

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Level 67
Mar 13, 2021
Really love the update! I made a lot of dumb mistakes this time around (misspelling "Norwegian," trying just "Bight" for the Great Australian Bight, trying "Siam" for some reason but not "Thailand."), but I still enjoyed it and learned a lot!
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Level 59
Mar 18, 2021
Gassu, do you mind me making a randomized version???
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Level 55
Mar 25, 2021
Why does the Panama zoom in fill in with Atlantic rather than Caribbean? Besides that, great quiz!
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Level 53
Apr 26, 2021
Hate to be a bother, but I believe Adriatic comes alphabetically before Aegean.
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Level 50
Apr 27, 2021
Southern Ocean???????????????????????????????
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Level 26
May 3, 2021
Will I master this? Possibly.
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Level 76
Jun 5, 2021
"Azof" should be considered correct
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Level 58
Jun 24, 2021
How about Chesapeake?
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Level 55
Jun 29, 2021
The Southern Ocean has now been Officially Recognized by the National Geographic Society.
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Level 52
Jul 1, 2021
Thank goodness
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Level 48
Jul 11, 2021
Gulf of Sidra? Strait of Gibraltar?