12 Amazing Photos To Celebrate World Ocean Day

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Today (June 8th) is World Ocean Day. As a United Nations sponsored event, it is an important day to recognize, celebrate, and take action to protect our waters. Did you know that 71% of the earth is covered by the ocean? According to the official website, the ocean does a lot of essential things for us.

– Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
– Helps feed us
– Regulates our climate
– Cleans the water we drink
– Offers a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
– Provides limitless inspiration

 “It’s up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is healthy for future generations.”

In honor of today, we’ve curated some stunning photos to help remind us how amazing the ocean is and why we need to take action to preserve it.


@daviddoubilet (cover photo credit)
“I photographed this image of stingrays, sun, sand and cloud a few days ago on #Sandbar on #GrandCaymanIsland. The stingrays gather here to greet thousands of tourists each day. The rays have become ocean ambassadors that welcome and educate people about the sea. Sandbar is an amazing stage with shifting light and soaring stingrays that fly past like flocks of birds.”



A jellyfish off the coast of Tahiti.



“One of the curious sea lions that populates the Galapagos Islands. They are very playful and fun to dive with.”



“This photo of barracuda circling a diver in Papua New Guinea is symbolic of how humans are intricately connected to the sea around them. Barracuda often form circular schools as a defense against predators and this school made 3 short turns around the diver and disappeared into the depths.”



“Taken at Jellyfish Lake – a marine lake located in Eil Malk, which is part of Palau’s famous Rock Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These jellyfish populated marine basins thousands of years ago through rock fissures and gradually became isolated in an environment devoid of predators. In the absence of predators, these jellyfish evolved into having substantially less stinging cells.”



“Florida Manatees swim under a school of mangrove snapper fish in the Weeki Wachee River in northwest Florida. Manatees require warm water and cannot survive in temperatures colder than 68-degrees, so they come into rivers such as this in the winter, when ocean waters turn colder.”



A whale makes its way to the surface in Manila, Philippines.



“I will never forget the time that this huge female leopard seal tried to force feed me penguins in Antarctica. I learn something new every time I put my head beneath the thin blue line that separates these two very different yet connected ecoystems. This was taken after four days of hanging out together when she was getting frustrated that I would not accept one of her many penguin gifts.”



Starfish at the ocean floor.



“A 120-foot tall iceberg arch in the Fish Islands of #Antarctica, finally gives way – in one crushing blast. We heard it creaking and moaning for nearly an hour as we watched from a boat a few hundred yards away.”



“A Harp Seal pup, about 3 weeks old, swims in the icy waters of Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence. It shed its white coat only a few days earlier.”



“An Emperor Penguin releases millions of micro-bubbles out of its feathers as it rockets to the surface. These bubbles reduce the friction between its body and the water by creating an air barrier of lubrication.”




As a bonus photo, here is a little sea lion in the Galapagos! Is that the stink eye he’s giving us?@scubabunnie



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