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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 for those who do not live near a major river, lake, or ocean, but humans and the land we live on take up a only small percentage of the planet’s primarily aquatic surface. More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, of which the vast majority is saltwater found in the five major oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and Southern, the last of which was proposed to the International Hydrographic Organization at the turn of the millenium and has yet to be agreed upon by all countries, though it is officially recognized by the United States. One of the planet’s most valuable natural resources, the oceans have been treated with a disappointing lack of care in recent years and the negative effects are tangible. 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 be cognizant 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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    Whale breaching on a rainy day

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  • Jordan Stambaugh // Unsplash
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    Parasailing above the Pacific Ocean

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  • Adam Wyman // Unsplash
    4/ Adam Wyman // Unsplash

    Three stingrays surface in the Atlantic Ocean

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  • Kevin Young // Unsplash
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    Evening sunset over the Pacific Ocean

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

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  • Anton Repponen // Unsplash
    7/ Anton Repponen // Unsplash

    Surfer in the North Pacific Ocean

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  • Rory Hennessey // Unsplash
    8/ Rory Hennessey // Unsplash

    Skyline above the North Atlantic Ocean

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  • Shoaib SR // Unsplash
    9/ Shoaib SR // Unsplash

    Sunset over the Indian Ocean

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  • James Rathmell // Unsplash
    10/ James Rathmell // Unsplash

    Penguin in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica

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  • Johnny Chen // Unsplash
    11/ Johnny Chen // Unsplash

    School of fish in the Pacific Ocean

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  • Georg Wolf // Unsplash
    12/ Georg Wolf // Unsplash

    Humpack Whale breaches in the Indian Ocean

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  • Jakob Owens // Unsplash
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    Sea turtle peaks through the water in the Atlantic Ocean

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    Iceberg in the Southern Ocean

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  • Jeremy Bishop // Unsplash
    15/ Jeremy Bishop // Unsplash

    Swiming in the Pacific Ocean

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  • Adam Jang // Unsplash
    16/ Adam Jang // Unsplash

    Northern Atlantic black sand beach in Iceland

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  • Peter Feghali // Unsplash
    17/ Peter Feghali // Unsplash

    Sunset over the Pacific Ocean

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  • Ben Wiid // Unsplash
    18/ Ben Wiid // Unsplash

    Birds flying over the Pacific Ocean near Cape Town, South Africa

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

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  • Clem Onojeghuo // Unsplash
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    Sea foam in the North Atlantic Ocean

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  • frank mckenna // Unsplash
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    Enjoying a run on the beaches of Southern California

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  • Math // Unsplash
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    A lone boat sailing in the ocean

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  • Dan Stark // Unsplash
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    Victor Harbor, Australia

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  • Ismail Niyax // Unsplash
    24/ Ismail Niyax // Unsplash

    Stingray in the Maldives

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  • Patrick Metzdorf // Unsplash
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    Dusk in the United Kingdom

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  • Cristian Palmer // Unsplash
    26/ Cristian Palmer // Unsplash

    Swiming in the Atlantic Ocean

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  • Talia Cohen // Unsplash
    27/ Talia Cohen // Unsplash

    Dolphins in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico

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

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  • Farid Askerov // Unsplash
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    Molokini Crater in Maui, Hawaii

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  • Jonatan Pie // Unsplash
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    Northern lights over the Arctic Ocean in Iceland

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  • Casey Horner // Unsplash
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    Sutro Baths, San Francisco, United States

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  • Dominik Vanyi // Unsplash
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    Canggu Beach, Indonesia

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  • Linus Nylund // Unsplash
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    Atlantic Ocean near Ekenäs, Sweden

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  • John Cobb // Unsplash
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    Flying fish in the ocean

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  • Aaron Ross // Unsplash
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    Jellyfish in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Phuket, Thailand

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  • Tyler Lastovich // Unsplash
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    Indian Ocean near New Zealand

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  • Vincent Camacho // Unsplash
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    Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

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  • Sam Goodgame // Unsplash
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    North Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, Caifornia

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  • Elle // Unsplash
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    Indian Ocean near Australia

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  • Peter Rolland // Unsplash
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    Seaplane landing on the Indian Ocean near the Maldives

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  • Alex Suprun // Unsplash
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    Blue Tangs in the Atlantic Ocean

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  • Emma Steinhobel // Unsplash
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    Sunrise over the South Atlantcic Ocean near South Africa

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  • Nick Fisher // Unsplash
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    Waves in the Arctic Ocean

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  • Linus Nylund // Unsplash
    44/ Linus Nylund // Unsplash

    Atlantic Ocean near Sweden

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  • Jakob Owens // Unsplash
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    Starfish in the Pacific Ocean

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  • William Bossen // Unsplash
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    Arctic Ocean near Greenland

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  • Ahmed Radwan // Unsplash
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    Wave crashing over an iceberg

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  • White Wolf Wizard // Unsplash
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    Lighthouse overlooking the ocean

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  • Daniel Frank // Unsplash
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    People kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean near France

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

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  • Beatriz Fdez // Unsplash
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    Sunset over the ocean

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