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50 incredible photos of our oceans

  • 50 incredible photos of our oceans
    1/ Peter Chamberlain // Unsplash

    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
    2/ Pixabay

    Whale breaching on a rainy day

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  • Parasailing above the Pacific Ocean
    3/ Jordan Stambaugh // Unsplash

    Parasailing above the Pacific Ocean

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  • Three stingrays surface in the Atlantic Ocean
    4/ Adam Wyman // Unsplash

    Three stingrays surface in the Atlantic Ocean

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

    Evening sunset over the Pacific Ocean

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

    Views of the Arctic Ocean from Jökulsárlón, Iceland

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

    Surfer in the North Pacific Ocean

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  • Skyline above the North Atlantic Ocean
    8/ Rory Hennessey // Unsplash

    Skyline above the North Atlantic Ocean

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  • Sunset over the Indian Ocean
    9/ Shoaib SR // Unsplash

    Sunset over the Indian Ocean

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

    Penguin in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica

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

    School of fish in the Pacific Ocean

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

    Humpack Whale breaches in the Indian Ocean

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

    Sea turtle peaks through the water in the Atlantic Ocean

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  • Iceberg in the Southern Ocean
    14/ pxhere

    Iceberg in the Southern Ocean

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  • Swiming in the Pacific Ocean
    15/ Jeremy Bishop // Unsplash

    Swiming in the Pacific Ocean

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

    Northern Atlantic black sand beach in Iceland

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

    Sunset over the Pacific Ocean

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  • Birds flying over the Pacific Ocean near Cape Town, South Africa
    18/ Ben Wiid // Unsplash

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

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  • 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

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

    Sea foam in the North Atlantic Ocean

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

    Enjoying a run on the beaches of Southern California

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

    A lone boat sailing in the ocean

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

    Victor Harbor, Australia

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

    Stingray in the Maldives

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

    Dusk in the United Kingdom

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  • Swiming in the Atlantic Ocean
    26/ Cristian Palmer // Unsplash

    Swiming in the Atlantic Ocean

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  • Dolphins in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico
    27/ Talia Cohen // Unsplash

    Dolphins in the Pacific Ocean near Mexico

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

    Icebergs floating in the Southern Ocean

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

    Molokini Crater in Maui, Hawaii

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

    Northern lights over the Arctic Ocean in Iceland

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

    Sutro Baths, San Francisco, United States

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  • Canggu Beach, Indonesia
    32/ Dominik Vanyi // Unsplash

    Canggu Beach, Indonesia

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

    Atlantic Ocean near Ekenäs, Sweden

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

    Flying fish in the ocean

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

    Jellyfish in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Phuket, Thailand

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  • Indian Ocean near New Zealand
    36/ Tyler Lastovich // Unsplash

    Indian Ocean near New Zealand

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  • Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
    37/ Vincent Camacho // Unsplash

    Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

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

    North Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, Caifornia

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  • Indian Ocean near Australia
    39/ Elle // Unsplash

    Indian Ocean near Australia

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

    Seaplane landing on the Indian Ocean near the Maldives

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

    Blue Tangs in the Atlantic Ocean

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

    Sunrise over the South Atlantcic Ocean near South Africa

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

    Waves in the Arctic Ocean

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  • Atlantic Ocean near Sweden
    44/ Linus Nylund // Unsplash

    Atlantic Ocean near Sweden

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  • Starfish in the Pacific Ocean
    45/ Jakob Owens // Unsplash

    Starfish in the Pacific Ocean

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  • Arctic Ocean near Greenland
    46/ William Bossen // Unsplash

    Arctic Ocean near Greenland

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

    Wave crashing over an iceberg

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

    Lighthouse overlooking the ocean

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

    People kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean near France

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

    Jellyfish in the Atlantic Ocean near Cuba

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  • Sunset over the ocean
    51/ Beatriz Fdez // Unsplash

    Sunset over the ocean

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