Many, many years ago the sea was not salty. It tasted like normal rainwater, bland and tasteless. But the people of Philippines knew of a humongous, but really kind and gentle giant who lived in an island nearby who had mounds of salt in his cave.
Everyone who has ever eaten a meal without salt will know that salt adds taste to any meal you eat. The people of Philippines began crossing the ocean on their boats so they could bring some salt back to their homes to prepare yummy meals. The giant and the people lived a happy life.
One time, the ocean was quite rough and the people ran out of salt and they could not use their boats to cross the ocean. One of their children suggested that they ask the giant to stretch his legs across the ocean so they could cross the ocean by walking over his legs. The giant, of course, agreed happily as he was by nature very kind and helpful. As the people started walking to the island with empty salt sacks the giant realized that he had his foot on an anthill; the ferocious red ants started biting his legs. The giant urged the people to rush because he could not sit in the same position, he had a terrible itch! Once the people had reached the giant's island, the giant withdrew his foot and started scratching the itchy bites. The people could not understand how such a huge giant can be bothered by tiny ants.
Once the people got their sacks filled with salt, the giant stretched his legs over the ocean so the people could cross back to their village. The ants started biting his already swollen foot again. He asked the people to hurry, but they could not walk very fast with the heavy sacks of salt. The giant kept bearing the bite, but after sometime it was too much to bear. He cried out in pain and dropped his feet into the ocean; all the sacks of salt fell into the plain tasteless water and quickly dissolved. The giant saved all the people; but the salt could not be recovered. From that day forward, the sea became salty!
What do you think? Could that be why the sea is salty? This is a tale from Philippines. Can you make up your own tale to explain why the sea is salty?