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June 8th 2013 is the UN-designated World Oceans Day, and this year the theme is ^together we have the power to protect the ocean^. This annual event has been running since 2002 with the support of The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network, and aims to raise awareness of the importance of a clean and healthy ocean. There are events taking place worldwide, so why not visit the website www.worldoceansday.org to find out how you can get involved.

We hope you enjoy our celebration of the riches of the world's oceans and of the efforts being made to preserve them.



Following on from World Oceans Day, June 9th is Coral Triangle Day, so we're also delighted to celebrate Jurgen Freund's unique photography from this unp
Humpback whale lobtailing {Megaptera novaengliae} Dominican Republic, Caribbean - Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Humpback whale lobtailing {Megaptera novaengliae} Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Common Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus) silhouette of one caught in gill net, Huatabampo, Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Pacific Ocean - Jeff Rotman
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Jeff Rotman / Common Thresher Shark (Alopias vulpinus) silhouette of one caught in gill net, Huatabampo, Mexico, Sea of Cortez, Pacific Ocean
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother and calf. Tonga, South Pacific, September. - Doc White
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Doc White / Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother and calf. Tonga, South Pacific, September.
Golden sea squirt (Polycarpa aurata) West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Golden sea squirt (Polycarpa aurata) West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) swimming in unison, seen from above. Azores. - Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella frontalis) swimming in unison, seen from above. Azores.
Large waves breaking off the most southern coast of Madagascar, Cap Sainte Mairie, May 2007. - Inaki Relanzon
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Inaki Relanzon / Large waves breaking off the most southern coast of Madagascar, Cap Sainte Mairie, May 2007.
Curious Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) during moment away from its mother, Hawaii. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Curious Humpback whale calf (Megaptera novaeangliae) during moment away from its mother, Hawaii.
RF- Gorgonian fan coral with Featherstars / crinoids attached, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / RF- Gorgonian fan coral with Featherstars / crinoids attached, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Green Turtle, (Chelonia mydas), Swimming over volcanic sandy bottom, Armenime cove, South Tenerife coast, Canary Islands, Spain, Atlantic Ocean, May 2011, Commended in Wildlife Photographer of the Yea... - Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / Green Turtle, (Chelonia mydas), Swimming over volcanic sandy bottom, Armenime cove, South Tenerife coast, Canary Islands, Spain, Atlantic Ocean, May 2011, Commended in Wildlife Photographer of the Yea...
Pacific sea apple (Pseudocolochirus violaceus) closed up, Komodo National Park, Indonesia - Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Pacific sea apple (Pseudocolochirus violaceus) closed up, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Nudibranch (Jorunna funebris) feeding on its preferred sponge, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Nudibranch (Jorunna funebris) feeding on its preferred sponge, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea
A male Weedy Seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) swimming over seaweeds, carrying eggs under his tail. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, November. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A male Weedy Seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) swimming over seaweeds, carrying eggs under his tail. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, November.
Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) Critically endangered, juvenile female with flipper tag swims over coral reef at Mahukona, Kohala, Hawaiian Island, Central Pacific Ocean - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) Critically endangered, juvenile female with flipper tag swims over coral reef at Mahukona, Kohala, Hawaiian Island, Central Pacific Ocean
Guineafowl puffer fish (Arothron meleagris) also known as the Golden puffer or Spotted puffer because is has three colour phases which differ dramatically. Maldives, Indian Ocean - Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Guineafowl puffer fish (Arothron meleagris) also known as the Golden puffer or Spotted puffer because is has three colour phases which differ dramatically. Maldives, Indian Ocean
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) coming ashore, St Andrews Bay, South Georgia, November - David Tipling
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David Tipling / King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) coming ashore, St Andrews Bay, South Georgia, November
Starfish (Fromia sp.) on green algae, Fiji, tropical Pacific Ocean. - Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Starfish (Fromia sp.) on green algae, Fiji, tropical Pacific Ocean.
Jewelmer Pearlfarm, cleaned Pearl oysters (Pinctada maxima) in hanging cages, being relocated to the open sea, Palawan, Philippines, May 2009 - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Jewelmer Pearlfarm, cleaned Pearl oysters (Pinctada maxima) in hanging cages, being relocated to the open sea, Palawan, Philippines, May 2009
Silhouette of Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) Golfo Nuevo, Peninsula Valdes, UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina, Atlantic Ocean, October - Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Silhouette of Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) Golfo Nuevo, Peninsula Valdes, UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina, Atlantic Ocean, October
Common lionfish (Pterois volitans) seen from the rear. Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Common lionfish (Pterois volitans) seen from the rear. Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) with surface reflection, in shallow water over a sand bank. Sandy Ridge, Little Bahama Bank, Bahamas. Tropical West Atlantic - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) with surface reflection, in shallow water over a sand bank. Sandy Ridge, Little Bahama Bank, Bahamas. Tropical West Atlantic
Tiny thimble jellyfish (Linuche unguiculata) drift with the current in the calm turquiose waters of a lagoon in Ofu, American Samoa. The window of sky is called Snell's Window, caused by refraction of... - Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Tiny thimble jellyfish (Linuche unguiculata) drift with the current in the calm turquiose waters of a lagoon in Ofu, American Samoa. The window of sky is called Snell's Window, caused by refraction of...
Split-level shot of Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) baby swimming in the sea near the beach. Warmamedi beach, Bird's Head Peninsula, West Papua, Indonesia, July 2009 - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Split-level shot of Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) baby swimming in the sea near the beach. Warmamedi beach, Bird's Head Peninsula, West Papua, Indonesia, July 2009
Young Steller's / Steller / Northern Sealions (Eumetopias jubatus) curiously approaching the photographer. Glacier Island, Columbia Bay, Alaska, USA, July. - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Young Steller's / Steller / Northern Sealions (Eumetopias jubatus) curiously approaching the photographer. Glacier Island, Columbia Bay, Alaska, USA, July.
Diver catching a Lionfish (Pterois volitans) in collection tube. The Indo-Pacific lionfish are an invasive species on Caribbean reefs and free from natural predators thrive at much higher population d... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Diver catching a Lionfish (Pterois volitans) in collection tube. The Indo-Pacific lionfish are an invasive species on Caribbean reefs and free from natural predators thrive at much higher population d...
Blue linkia starfish (Linckia laevigata) pair attached to the dead part of coral, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Blue linkia starfish (Linckia laevigata) pair attached to the dead part of coral, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea
Coral reef teeming with life, Maldives, Indian Ocean - Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Coral reef teeming with life, Maldives, Indian Ocean
Scuba diver under ice and ice formation, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia March 2010 - Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Scuba diver under ice and ice formation, Arctic circle Dive Center, White Sea, Karelia, northern Russia March 2010
Atlantic grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) resting vertical beneath the surface, Lundy Island, Devon,  UK. July - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Atlantic grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) resting vertical beneath the surface, Lundy Island, Devon, UK. July
Bottlenosed dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) two leaping above surface at sunset, Honduras, Caribbean Sea. - Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Bottlenosed dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) two leaping above surface at sunset, Honduras, Caribbean Sea.
RF- Lion's mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) in aggregation of Moon jellies (Aurelia aurita) Port Fidalgo, Prince William Sound, Alaska, US., July.  Lion's mane jellies are predators that feed on Moon... - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / RF- Lion's mane jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) in aggregation of Moon jellies (Aurelia aurita) Port Fidalgo, Prince William Sound, Alaska, US., July. Lion's mane jellies are predators that feed on Moon...
Dragonfish (Melanostomias melanops) - deep sea specimen from 2000m depth, near Cape Verde Islands, North Atlantic. - Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Dragonfish (Melanostomias melanops) - deep sea specimen from 2000m depth, near Cape Verde Islands, North Atlantic.
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebacki) framed by a school of Black Striped Salema (Xenocys jessiae). Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Equador. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebacki) framed by a school of Black Striped Salema (Xenocys jessiae). Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Equador.
Flower hat jelly / jellyfish (Olindias formosa) captive, a rare hydromedusa with fluorescent tentacle tips, found off Brazil, Argentina, and southern Japan - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Flower hat jelly / jellyfish (Olindias formosa) captive, a rare hydromedusa with fluorescent tentacle tips, found off Brazil, Argentina, and southern Japan
Coleman shrimp (Periclimenes colemani) on a Fire urchin (Asthenosoma varium) Moluccas Islands, Indonesia. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Coleman shrimp (Periclimenes colemani) on a Fire urchin (Asthenosoma varium) Moluccas Islands, Indonesia.
Thousands of Anthias / Fairy basslets on colourful coral reef, Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, March 2010. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Thousands of Anthias / Fairy basslets on colourful coral reef, Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, March 2010.
Large schooling Bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) with a passing Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Sipadan Island, Sabah, Malaysia - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Large schooling Bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) with a passing Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). Sipadan Island, Sabah, Malaysia
Schooling Silverside fish (Antherinidae) split level with karst limestone walls, West Papuan fisherman in boat, North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2002. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Schooling Silverside fish (Antherinidae) split level with karst limestone walls, West Papuan fisherman in boat, North Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, February 2002.
Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) in its fan coral. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) in its fan coral. Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving at sunset showing tail fluke, Alaska, USA, Pacific Ocean. - Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) diving at sunset showing tail fluke, Alaska, USA, Pacific Ocean.
Brittlestar on gorgonian fan coral, Papua New Guinea. - Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Brittlestar on gorgonian fan coral, Papua New Guinea.
The eye of a Pacific giant octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini). Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / The eye of a Pacific giant octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini). Browning Pass, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Schooling Anthias over coral reef, Philippines. - David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Schooling Anthias over coral reef, Philippines.
Grey angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus) head portrait, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies, Caribbean Sea. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Grey angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus) head portrait, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies, Caribbean Sea.
Portrait of a Yellow seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus), Capo Galera, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, Mediterranean Sea. - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of a Yellow seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus), Capo Galera, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, Mediterranean Sea.
A male Yellow-headed jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) blowing out a clutch of eggs he has been incubating in his mouth in order to oxygenate them, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West... - Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A male Yellow-headed jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) blowing out a clutch of eggs he has been incubating in his mouth in order to oxygenate them, East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West...
Bridled parrotfish (Scarus frenatus) clownish grin reveals its power tools: grinding teeth used to scrape algae from rock, Maldives, Indian Ocean - Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Bridled parrotfish (Scarus frenatus) clownish grin reveals its power tools: grinding teeth used to scrape algae from rock, Maldives, Indian Ocean
Rear view of Dwarf minke whale, thought to form a yet-to-be named sub-species of the Common minke whale {Balaenoptera acutorostrata}, Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia - Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Rear view of Dwarf minke whale, thought to form a yet-to-be named sub-species of the Common minke whale {Balaenoptera acutorostrata}, Ribbon Reefs, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera brydei / edeni) expeling air and water from mouth through baleen plates after engulfing part of a baitball of Sardines (Clupeidae) with California sea lion (Tetreapturus au... - Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Bryde's whale (Balaenoptera brydei / edeni) expeling air and water from mouth through baleen plates after engulfing part of a baitball of Sardines (Clupeidae) with California sea lion (Tetreapturus au...
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