50 incredible photos of our oceans

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June 4, 2019
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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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Letowa // Shutterstock

Maelstrom of Saltstraumen, the world's strongest tidal current

 

 

 

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Pixabay

The desert shore

 

 

 

 

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Quangpraha // Pixabay

Surging ocean current cascades over reef

 

 

 

 

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Kevin Young // Unsplash

Sunset over the Pacific Ocean

 

 

 

 

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Emma Hall // Unsplash

Views of the Arctic Ocean from Jökulsárlón, Iceland

 

 

 

 

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Anton Repponen // Unsplash

Surfer in the north Pacific Ocean

 

 

 

 

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Pexels // Pixabay

Dancing deep-sea jellyfish

 

 

 

 

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Julius_Silver // Pixabay

Perfectly clear waters, French Polynesia

 

 

 

 

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James Rathmell // Unsplash

Penguin in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica

 

 

 

 

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Johnny Chen // Unsplash

School of fish in the Pacific Ocean

 

 

 

 

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Georg Wolf // Unsplash

Humpack whale breaches in the Indian Ocean

 

 

 

 

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joakant // Pixabay

A thriving coral reef attracts a marine community

 

 

 

 

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Iceberg in the Southern Ocean

 

 

 

 

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wildestanimal // Shutterstock

School of Mobula rays in Hanifaru Bay, Maldives

 

 

 

 

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Adam Jang // Unsplash

Northern Atlantic black-sand beach in Iceland

 

 

 

 

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Peter Feghali // Unsplash

Sunset over the Pacific Ocean

 

 

 

 

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Timothy M Roberts // Flickr

Bioluminescent algae along the coast of the Ruins, Australia

 

 

 

 

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Matteo Catanese // Unsplash

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

 

 

 

 

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Pexels // Pixabay

Inside the turquoise barrel

 

 

 

 

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frank mckenna // Unsplash

Running into the surf zone in Southern California

 

 

 

 

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kirildobrev // Pixabay

Surfers paddle past the break

 

 

 

 

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Dan Stark // Unsplash

Victor Harbor, Australia

 

 

 

 

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Ismail Niyax // Unsplash

Stingray in the Maldives

 

 

 

 

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Patrick Metzdorf // Unsplash

Dusk in the United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

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dimitrisvetsikas1969 // Pixabay

The beauty and power of a single wave

 

 

 

 

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David Evison // Shutterstock

Whale shark swimming just below the ocean surface

 

 

 

 

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Jeremy Ricketts // Unsplash

Icebergs floating in the Southern Ocean

 

 

 

 

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sharonang // Pixabay

A translucent jellyfish in the deep blue

 

 

 

 

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Pexels // Pixabay

A sea turtle rides the current

 

 

 

 

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Casey Horner // Unsplash

Near the defunct Sutro Baths, San Francisco

 

 

 

 

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larsen9236 // Pixabay

A famous 'swimming pig' of Staniel Cay, Bahamas

 

 

 

 

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Pterantula (Terry Goss) // Wikimedia Commons

Great white shark at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico

 

 

 

 

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John Cobb // Unsplash

Flying fish in the ocean

 

 

 

 

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Aaron Ross // Unsplash

Jellyfish in the Indian Ocean near Phuket, Thailand

 

 

 

 

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joakant // Pixabay

A pod of dolphins swim near the surface

 

 

 

 

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CoffeewithMilk // Pixabay

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

 

 

 

 

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xxun0125 // Pixabay

An underwater view of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

 

 

 

 

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12019 // Pixabay

A fine white-sand beach surrounded by turquoise water

 

 

 

 

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Lars Plougmann // Flickr

A large colony of sea salps in the Red Sea

 

 

 

 

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Chaser Dekker // Shutterstock

Blue whale off the coast of California

 

 

 

 

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Ocean eddies off the coast of Tasmania

 

 

 

 

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Nick Fisher // Unsplash

Waves in the Arctic Ocean

 

 

 

 

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12019 // Pixabay

A windsurfer in Hawaii carves a wave

 

 

 

 

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Ethan Daniels // Shutterstock

Giant kelp forest grows near the Channel Islands, California

 

 

 

 

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12019 // Pixabay

Loggerhead sea turtle floats in the Atlantic Ocean

 

 

 

 

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Ahmed Radwan // Unsplash

Wave crashing over an iceberg

 

 

 

 

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White Wolf Wizard // Unsplash

Lighthouse overlooking the ocean

 

 

 

 

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Pixabay

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

 

 

 

 

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Amy Humphries // Unsplash

Jellyfish in the Atlantic Ocean near Cuba

 

 

 

 

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Luis Ascenso // Wikimedia Commons

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

 

 

 

 

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