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50 incredible photos of our oceans

  • 50 incredible photos of our oceans
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    50 incredible photos of our oceans

    As eloquently stated by the United States Geological Survey, “the Earth is a watery place.” This is something easy to lose sight of for those who do not live near a major river, lake, or ocean, but humans and the land we live on take up only a small percentage of the planet’s primarily aquatic surface. More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. The vast majority is saltwater found in the five major oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern (in Antartica). You might not have heard of the last one. It was proposed to the International Hydrographic Organization at the turn of the millennium and has yet to be agreed upon by all countries, though it is officially recognized by the United States.

    While they are one of the planet’s most valuable natural resources, the oceans remain 80% unexplored. However, they have been treated with a disappointing lack of care in recent years and could be irrevocably changed before anyone gets the chance. As the ocean warms, corals die or move to other places to beat the heat. Other species move in the take their place, sometimes permanently changing the ecosystem. Pollution—everything from plastic to oil spills to fertilizer running off from our yards—can affect the seafood we eat and kill wildlife. For example, in March 2019 a beached whale in the Philippines was found with 88 pounds of plastic in its stomach. It is up to each individual to do their part in preserving the natural beauty the oceans have to offer.

    Stacker has collected 50 stunning photographs of the world’s oceans in an effort to not only encourage more to visit these beautiful locations, but also to raise awareness of the pivotal role each human plays in ensuring the preservation of these incredible bodies of water. Read on to enjoy these otherworldly views to be reminded of the preciousness of Earth’s biggest water sources.

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  • Maelstrom of Saltstraumen, the world's strongest tidal current
    2/ Letowa // Shutterstock

    Maelstrom of Saltstraumen, the world's strongest tidal current

     

     

     

  • The desert shore
    3/ Pixabay

    The desert shore

     

     

     

     

  • Surging ocean current cascades over reef
    4/ Quangpraha // Pixabay

    Surging ocean current cascades over reef

     

     

     

     

  • Sunset over the Pacific Ocean
    5/ Kevin Young // Unsplash

    Sunset over the Pacific Ocean

     

     

     

     

  • Views of the Arctic Ocean from Jökulsárlón, Iceland
    6/ Emma Hall // Unsplash

    Views of the Arctic Ocean from Jökulsárlón, Iceland

     

     

     

     

  • Surfer in the north Pacific Ocean
    7/ Anton Repponen // Unsplash

    Surfer in the north Pacific Ocean

     

     

     

     

  • Dancing deep-sea jellyfish
    8/ Pexels // Pixabay

    Dancing deep-sea jellyfish

     

     

     

     

  • Perfectly clear waters, French Polynesia
    9/ Julius_Silver // Pixabay

    Perfectly clear waters, French Polynesia

     

     

     

     

  • Penguin in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica
    10/ James Rathmell // Unsplash

    Penguin in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica

     

     

     

     

  • School of fish in the Pacific Ocean
    11/ Johnny Chen // Unsplash

    School of fish in the Pacific Ocean

     

     

     

     

  • Humpack whale breaches in the Indian Ocean
    12/ Georg Wolf // Unsplash

    Humpack whale breaches in the Indian Ocean

     

     

     

     

  • A thriving coral reef attracts a marine community
    13/ joakant // Pixabay

    A thriving coral reef attracts a marine community

     

     

     

     

  • Iceberg in the Southern Ocean
    14/ pxhere

    Iceberg in the Southern Ocean

     

     

     

     

  • School of Mobula rays in Hanifaru Bay, Maldives
    15/ wildestanimal // Shutterstock

    School of Mobula rays in Hanifaru Bay, Maldives

     

     

     

     

  • Northern Atlantic black-sand beach in Iceland
    16/ Adam Jang // Unsplash

    Northern Atlantic black-sand beach in Iceland

     

     

     

     

  • Sunset over the Pacific Ocean
    17/ Peter Feghali // Unsplash

    Sunset over the Pacific Ocean

     

     

     

     

  • Bioluminescent algae along the coast of the Ruins, Australia
    18/ Timothy M Roberts // Flickr

    Bioluminescent algae along the coast of the Ruins, Australia

     

     

     

     

  • Off the Mauritius coast, dolphins swim by a boat in the Indian Ocean
    19/ Matteo Catanese // Unsplash

    Off the Mauritius coast, dolphins swim by a boat in the Indian Ocean

     

     

     

     

  • Inside the turquoise barrel
    20/ Pexels // Pixabay

    Inside the turquoise barrel

     

     

     

     

  • Running into the surf zone in Southern California
    21/ frank mckenna // Unsplash

    Running into the surf zone in Southern California

     

     

     

     

  • Surfers paddle past the break
    22/ kirildobrev // Pixabay

    Surfers paddle past the break

     

     

     

     

  • Victor Harbor, Australia
    23/ Dan Stark // Unsplash

    Victor Harbor, Australia

     

     

     

     

  • Stingray in the Maldives
    24/ Ismail Niyax // Unsplash

    Stingray in the Maldives

     

     

     

     

  • Dusk in the United Kingdom
    25/ Patrick Metzdorf // Unsplash

    Dusk in the United Kingdom

     

     

     

     

  • The beauty and power of a single wave
    26/ dimitrisvetsikas1969 // Pixabay

    The beauty and power of a single wave

     

     

     

     

  • Whale shark swimming just below the ocean surface
    27/ David Evison // Shutterstock

    Whale shark swimming just below the ocean surface

     

     

     

     

  • Icebergs floating in the Southern Ocean
    28/ Jeremy Ricketts // Unsplash

    Icebergs floating in the Southern Ocean

     

     

     

     

  • A translucent jellyfish in the deep blue
    29/ sharonang // Pixabay

    A translucent jellyfish in the deep blue

     

     

     

     

  • A sea turtle rides the current
    30/ Pexels // Pixabay

    A sea turtle rides the current

     

     

     

     

  • Near the defunct Sutro Baths, San Francisco
    31/ Casey Horner // Unsplash

    Near the defunct Sutro Baths, San Francisco

     

     

     

     

  • A famous 'swimming pig' of Staniel Cay, Bahamas
    32/ larsen9236 // Pixabay

    A famous 'swimming pig' of Staniel Cay, Bahamas

     

     

     

     

  • Great white shark at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
    33/ Pterantula (Terry Goss) // Wikimedia Commons

    Great white shark at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico

     

     

     

     

  • Flying fish in the ocean
    34/ John Cobb // Unsplash

    Flying fish in the ocean

     

     

     

     

  • Jellyfish in the Indian Ocean near Phuket, Thailand
    35/ Aaron Ross // Unsplash

    Jellyfish in the Indian Ocean near Phuket, Thailand

     

     

     

     

  • A pod of dolphins swim near the surface
    36/ joakant // Pixabay

    A pod of dolphins swim near the surface

     

     

     

     

  • A bird's-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
    37/ CoffeewithMilk // Pixabay

    A bird's-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

     

     

     

     

  • An underwater view of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
    38/ xxun0125 // Pixabay

    An underwater view of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

     

     

     

     

  • A fine white-sand beach surrounded by turquoise water
    39/ 12019 // Pixabay

    A fine white-sand beach surrounded by turquoise water

     

     

     

     

  • A large colony of sea salps in the Red Sea
    40/ Lars Plougmann // Flickr

    A large colony of sea salps in the Red Sea

     

     

     

     

  • Blue whale off the coast of California
    41/ Chaser Dekker // Shutterstock

    Blue whale off the coast of California

     

     

     

     

  • Ocean eddies off the coast of Tasmania
    42/ NOAA

    Ocean eddies off the coast of Tasmania

     

     

     

     

  • Waves in the Arctic Ocean
    43/ Nick Fisher // Unsplash

    Waves in the Arctic Ocean

     

     

     

     

  • A windsurfer in Hawaii carves a wave
    44/ 12019 // Pixabay

    A windsurfer in Hawaii carves a wave

     

     

     

     

  • Giant kelp forest grows near the Channel Islands, California
    45/ Ethan Daniels // Shutterstock

    Giant kelp forest grows near the Channel Islands, California

     

     

     

     

  • Loggerhead sea turtle floats in the Atlantic Ocean
    46/ 12019 // Pixabay

    Loggerhead sea turtle floats in the Atlantic Ocean

     

     

     

     

  • Wave crashing over an iceberg
    47/ Ahmed Radwan // Unsplash

    Wave crashing over an iceberg

     

     

     

     

  • Lighthouse overlooking the ocean
    48/ White Wolf Wizard // Unsplash

    Lighthouse overlooking the ocean

     

     

     

     

  • Silfra, a fissure between two tectonic plates in Thingvellir, Iceland
    49/ Pixabay

    Silfra, a fissure between two tectonic plates in Thingvellir, Iceland

     

     

     

     

  • Jellyfish in the Atlantic Ocean near Cuba
    50/ Amy Humphries // Unsplash

    Jellyfish in the Atlantic Ocean near Cuba

     

     

     

     

  • Surfer rides a face in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal
    51/ Luis Ascenso // Wikimedia Commons

    Surfer rides a face in Praia do Norte, Nazaré, Portugal

     

     

     

     

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