Why Does the Ocean Smell Like That?

1 400 Shikime 142 mijë

What gives the ocean its distinct, sometimes pungent smell? It turns out the answer is more than just dead fish or salt: it’s the scent of tons of phytoplankton being munched on!
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  1. SciShow
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    1. botterik81
      21 ditë më parë


  2. Edgar Carpenter
    Edgar Carpenter
    10 ditë më parë

    I only know the oceans around North America, but in my experience the sea everywhere has a distinct smell, not at all strong but identifiable, which is not sulfurous, and not like rotten eggs. I have smelled sulfurous smells in some places at some times - but the underlying smell of the sea is always there too. It would be very odd if the sea smelled of only one chemical compound. It's an interesting video, but I suspect that it is misleading because it's been oversimplified.

  3. James Czoch
    James Czoch
    11 ditë më parë

    Fish fart.

  4. Lord Pepe
    Lord Pepe
    13 ditë më parë

    You mean "why does the Ocean from LA smell like that". A non-polluted ocean smells crisp and clean.

  5. Qermaq
    18 ditë më parë

    The host is Rose Bear Don't Walk, and graphics is Madeline Go. It's like traffic court in here.

  6. Adam Brummett
    Adam Brummett
    20 ditë më parë

    I spent my graduate career studying the enzymatic breakdown of DMSP to DMS. I quite literally grew to love the smell of DMS because it meant reactions were working. Years of smelling it and studying this process left me with mixed feelings regarding sulfur compounds

  7. Mugabe M'Dik
    Mugabe M'Dik
    22 ditë më parë

    Idk why the ocean smells like salt....... It could be that salt water

  8. Piano Telope
    Piano Telope
    23 ditë më parë

    Who else can now say dimethylsulfoniopropionate with confidence?

  9. Dee B
    Dee B
    23 ditë më parë

    Ocean smells like pee

  10. Dancing Virgil
    Dancing Virgil
    23 ditë më parë


  11. Left Handed Hard Right
    Left Handed Hard Right
    26 ditë më parë

    The ocean stinks.

  12. Ewaldo Leitão
    Ewaldo Leitão
    28 ditë më parë

    I love your show! Just a minor correction. Daphnia is a freshwater predator :) The main predators in the ocean are copepods (the most abundant metazoan organism on earth!) Thanks again for the awesome content!

  13. billp1954
    28 ditë më parë

    Where I'm from the ocean has a distinct smell....... sunscreen.

  14. Rob Patty
    Rob Patty
    29 ditë më parë

    How come Rose didn't pronounce the first acronym........hehehe! !!!!

  15. John Barber
    John Barber
    29 ditë më parë

    The arctic ocean didn't smell like eggs to me. Neither did the pacific.

  16. g7thebeatmaker
    Muaj më parë

    I love the way her face looks she's beautiful

  17. Scott Young
    Scott Young
    Muaj më parë

    shes pretty

  18. Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman
    Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman
    Muaj më parë

    What causes the marina funk smell?

  19. Annette Moulder
    Annette Moulder
    Muaj më parë

    Nothing compares to the smell of the Great Salt Lake. It can be very strong at times. Oy!

  20. Tsururun 328
    Tsururun 328
    Muaj më parë

    eggy smell? i feel bad for you, sea over here smells like salt and seaweed and i love it, it smells so fresh.

  21. Mike Marcus
    Mike Marcus
    Muaj më parë

    Sorry to do this but you got a couple of things fundamentally wrong in this video: DMS isn’t a gas, it’s a liquid with a boiling point of 37°c. Also it doesn’t smell of rotting eggs, it smells vegetal like green beans and cabbage. As a brewer I’m pretty familiar with the odour and I have to say it isn’t much like the smell of the sea. Maybe it’s a component in that typical marine smell but not the main one by any means.

  22. NYR144
    Muaj më parë

    Underwater the fish don’t stink

  23. Antti Karhu
    Antti Karhu
    Muaj më parë

    So it’s basically sea fart.

  24. y11971alex
    Muaj më parë

    They have a new host!

  25. Yle Eckles
    Yle Eckles
    Muaj më parë

    the great below -nin

  26. Ksen Vely
    Ksen Vely
    Muaj më parë

    I understand an "eggy smell" as being attributed to sulfur and I definitely do not think that the ocean, or the sea for that matter, smells like rotten eggs 😅 Rotten seaweed yeah, definitely, but that is a more unique smell.

  27. Davy Gravy
    Davy Gravy
    Muaj më parë

    The smell that you smell when approaching the ocean is the smell of the coastline not the ocean. In the late 1960s I worked on shrimp out of Tampa Florida for a little over 1.5 years. When approaching the the coast from where I lived I could smell the coastline. After working for 1 to 3 weeks out in the Gulf of Mexico when you get near the coastline you could smell the same smell. The smell of the open ocean is a clean fresh smell, I noticed the same thing when going from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Jacksonville, Fla. by ship.

  28. G. Sowul
    G. Sowul
    Muaj më parë

    Baltic fishes stinks _more_

  29. captainrobots
    Muaj më parë

    It's not as bad as my dogs farts

  30. jacob bugsybudoy
    jacob bugsybudoy
    Muaj më parë

    I am a seaman.. more than half the time, when we're at anchor, if the air smells fishy (a very strong one), there are sharks swimming around our ship..

  31. ASMR Therapy
    ASMR Therapy
    Muaj më parë

    Ocean smells like fish. And that reminded me of the smell of my girlfriend

  32. Peter Hall
    Peter Hall
    Muaj më parë

    Then the human's showed up. The end.

  33. Garrion Isidore
    Garrion Isidore
    Muaj më parë

    why does she smell like that.....

  34. Sylstaer
    Muaj më parë

    Wtf? Ive lived in CA my whole life and go to school in Santa Cruz I have never noticed the ocean smelling bad, “eggy,” am I trippin?

  35. Throwwway
    Muaj më parë


  36. Jimbo
    Muaj më parë

    It’s been 14 years since I been to the beach and I don’t miss the smell 😅

  37. joedrycln
    Muaj më parë

    She seems eagy

  38. Seadalgo
    Muaj më parë

    This finally explains why rainstorms coming out of the north have a crisper, more clean smell than tropical depressions coming up from the southeast; something I have wondered since I was 6 and never got an answer to.

    1. Seadalgo
      Muaj më parë

      That and ozone of course, but even without much lightning.

  39. Latticewood Spobiance
    Latticewood Spobiance
    Muaj më parë

    A detailed explanation as to why the ocean smells like bum...

  40. T A
    T A
    Muaj më parë

    ffs... She lo.oks like she smells like the ocean. (jus-sayin) 🐿😝

  41. Ellen Brenner
    Ellen Brenner
    Muaj më parë

    LOL you have reminded me of one of my favorite poems by Ogden Nash, "Seaside Serenade": "It begins when you smell a funny smell, And it isn’t vanilla or caramel, And it isn’t forget-me-nots or lilies, Or new-mown hay, or daffy-down-dillies, And it’s not what the barber rubs on Father, And it’s awful, and yet you like it rather. No, it’s not what the barber rubs on Daddy, It’s more like an elderly finnan haddie, Or, shall we say, an electric fan Blowing over a sardine can. It smells of seaweed, it smells of clams, It’s as fishy as ready-made telegrams, It’s as fishy as millions of fishy fishes, In spite of which you find it delishes, You could do with a second helping, please, And that, my dears, is the ocean breeze... "

  42. Sagittarius A*
    Sagittarius A*
    Muaj më parë

    Climate change and science deniers should be sentenced to watch this video a hundred times. (Unfortunately I doubt it will help them to understand the complexity of nature.)

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    Michael Swanson
    Muaj më parë

    More of this new host, please! Very personable and obviously loves the subject.

  44. elkor101
    Muaj më parë

    Eggy? What eggs are you eating??

  45. user255
    Muaj më parë

    Dimethyl sulfide is actually liquid, but it is quite volatile.

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  47. Robert Pryor
    Robert Pryor
    Muaj më parë

    The ocean is the biggest toilet on earth, that's why.

  48. Red Foreman
    Red Foreman
    Muaj më parë

    Pee, human and animals, Poop, humans and animals Yes humans are animals, you know what I mean, as you were

  49. SoratheWonderful
    Muaj më parë

    My favorite smell explained

  50. P. Enisenvi
    P. Enisenvi
    Muaj më parë

    Is it just me or are these videos getting worse? Did they run out of material?

  51. DaBlondDude
    Muaj më parë

    So it's microbe poop

  52. pryodiablo
    Muaj më parë

    Nah, it's cause the sea is a soup.

  53. taffypulller
    Muaj më parë

    I thought it smelled like a salty lake.

  54. Moonbeam
    Muaj më parë

    Never has the ocean smelled like eggs to me. This is so weird.

  55. Ikemi Zyn
    Ikemi Zyn
    Muaj më parë

    I've only seen the Ocean once and that was when I was in Newfoundland. It only smelled salty and not very fishy or eggy.

  56. MarkLobo
    Muaj më parë

    “The smell of the sea is unforgettable.” I’ve got the dementia. I forget most things. 😭 (As an aside, you’re doing great, Rose! Your progress as a host since your first video on this channel has been phenomenal! Best of luck!)

  57. iwanabana
    Muaj më parë

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  58. Maryanne M
    Maryanne M
    Muaj më parë

    I feel silly but even though I live on the coast I've never thought about how the sea might smell differently in different areas before!

  59. DeDraconis
    Muaj më parë

    "Have you ever tried DMSP? It's super amazing. It protects you from UV Radiation, balances the water content in your cells, and can deter predators from eating you. You gotta try a supplement man." - Next time on the Joe Rogan and Dr. Rhonda Patrick Show.

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  61. Andrew
    Muaj më parë

    its because of fish farts you idiots

  62. SubversiveMemes
    Muaj më parë

    Me when I went into the women’s bathroom one time: Spongebob me boy! I smell a smell, a kind of smelly smell, the kind of smell that smells... smelly. Arg arg arg

  63. APM M
    APM M
    Muaj më parë

    Because of all the fish poo 😊

  64. Jeff Peng
    Jeff Peng
    Muaj më parë

    I have a tortoise and he yawn when he wakes up like me, does that mean yawning is a shared trait from our common ancestor and if so how far back does yawning go, why is opening your mouth really wide after a snooze so important?

  65. Marselino Estrada
    Marselino Estrada
    Muaj më parë

    Not sure why but she bores me with how she talks.

  66. snoball
    Muaj më parë

    Q: Why does the ocean smell? A: Because the seaweed. (I'll be here all week, try the veal)

  67. Dan and Candy Parrott
    Dan and Candy Parrott
    Muaj më parë

    If you've ever had a saltwater tank with live rock, it smells exactly the same as the ocean

  68. Marco Pohl
    Marco Pohl
    Muaj më parë

    I don't know about you, but I've always experienced the sea as smelling like saltwater

  69. robby lebotha
    robby lebotha
    Muaj më parë

    So you mean to tell me my Atlantic Mist cologne just has me smelling like rotten eggs?

  70. hutchy1k94
    Muaj më parë

    Cos it's full of fish pee.

  71. Foxen Fenny
    Foxen Fenny
    Muaj më parë

    i made a hypothesis before watching and i was Right! Im so proud of myself uwu

  72. Mars Kickass
    Mars Kickass
    Muaj më parë

    San Fransico is awful. It smells like trash salt and ass.

  73. MisfitoX
    Muaj më parë

    Like what?

  74. Legolas E
    Legolas E
    Muaj më parë

    It’s amazing how such a small creature has such an impact.

  75. envoltaemlã
    Muaj më parë

    EGGY??? wtf

  76. Megan King
    Megan King
    Muaj më parë

    It just smells like salt and seaweed to me. I've never smelt an eggy smell or anything bad from it...

  77. Nightthought
    Muaj më parë

    Concept: contained algal blooms as a method of carbon capture.

  78. Tanmoy Sahoo
    Tanmoy Sahoo
    Muaj më parë

    Smell of the ocean is actually very refreshing.

  79. AGDinCA
    Muaj më parë

    I wonder if the Pacific ocean smells different than the Atlantic ocean.

  80. James S
    James S
    Muaj më parë

    Not to mention but the ocean is also the world’s largest toilet!!! Whales poop too

  81. Greg Hemlock
    Greg Hemlock
    Muaj më parë

    It smells like my exs bathwater

  82. Rafael Santos
    Rafael Santos
    Muaj më parë

    I bet it's all the fish pee

  83. santor420
    Muaj më parë

    You failed to mention the problem with dams on rivers. They prevent sediments from reaching the ocean. The sediments would normally neutralize carbonic acid, keeping the Ph of the oceans more stable. Humans have disrupted the cycle that helps regulate ocean acidity.

  84. Jessica Holscher
    Jessica Holscher
    Muaj më parë

    i'm so confused. the ocean smells wonderful to me. it just smells salty and fresh. i've never felt like it smelled like sulfur.

  85. Zach
    Muaj më parë

    Did they hire her away from Real Science channel? I know that I've heard her voice before...

  86. Oh That Wan
    Oh That Wan
    Muaj më parë

    Fish Pee

  87. Lucy Young
    Lucy Young
    Muaj më parë


  88. Uhohhotdog Gaming
    Uhohhotdog Gaming
    Muaj më parë

    This video is one second too long

  89. Anders Rosendal
    Anders Rosendal
    Muaj më parë

    1:20 Would be cooler if it was DMT

  90. Asma Aftab
    Asma Aftab
    Muaj më parë

    But I like the smell of the ocean it's really relaxing

  91. Alyssa D Morales
    Alyssa D Morales
    Muaj më parë

    Smell salt 🤷🏻‍♀️

  92. Starfals
    Muaj më parë

    There is nothing more relaxing than the fresh air in the morning plus the smell of the sea (while watching the sunrise and the waves) Like omg!

  93. Sandip Mandal
    Sandip Mandal
    Muaj më parë

    Shut the door

  94. A Youtube Channel
    A Youtube Channel
    Muaj më parë

    Sailors: Don't drink water. Me: Why. Woman: *This video*.

  95. timexgirl
    Muaj më parë

    I love the ocean smell. I associate it with the seaweed. In fact whenever I use seaweed in my cooking, I am taken back to the ocean with it's smell

  96. Philip B
    Philip B
    Muaj më parë

    I've been on the ocean a lot but never encountered a sulfurous small. I'm puzzled.

  97. Damien Ward
    Damien Ward
    Muaj më parë

    Here on the stunning Whitsunday coast we are gifted with coral spawning season, a vital part of a healthy coral reef but yea, green water and high tide marks and eggy would be a dream in comparison to sun baked protein shake

  98. AT Watkins
    AT Watkins
    Muaj më parë

    0:30 had us busting a gut! So good!

  99. Chamber Of The Wraith
    Chamber Of The Wraith
    Muaj më parë

    Never smelt the ocean, so... That is a vivid description.

  100. amistry605
    Muaj më parë

    I've NEVER smelled an ocean, only Lake Michigan in Chicago. Do oceans smell different from the great lakes?