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The oceans are the largest and least explored habitat on the planet, home to a bewildering and bizarre array of creatures from microscopic phytoplankton to the world's largest mammal, the blue whale, and the strange bioluminescent creatures which inhabit the deep seas. Many marine species are adversely affected by plastic pollution, with albatrosses especially under threat. The main pressure on the ocean ecosystem, however, comes from over-fishing.
Aerial image showing light reflected off the deep blue of the sea around the Bahamas archipelago, Caribbean, February 2012  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Aerial image showing light reflected off the deep blue of the sea around the Bahamas archipelago, Caribbean, February 2012
Cumulus clouds over the Atlantic Ocean  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott / Cumulus clouds over the Atlantic Ocean
Aerial view of clouds and sea.  -  Jurgen Freund
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Jurgen Freund / Aerial view of clouds and sea.
Clouds over the Atlantic ocean.  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Clouds over the Atlantic ocean.
Atlantic spotted dolphins at surface {Stenella frontalis} Bahamas. NOT FOR SALE IN THE USA  -  Brandon Cole
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Brandon Cole / Atlantic spotted dolphins at surface {Stenella frontalis} Bahamas. NOT FOR SALE IN THE USA
False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) traveling with a pod of pelagic Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Northern New Zealand  -  Richard Robinson
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Richard Robinson / False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) traveling with a pod of pelagic Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Northern New Zealand
False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) travelling with a pod of pelagic Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)  Northern New Zealand  -  Richard Robinson
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Richard Robinson / False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) travelling with a pod of pelagic Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Northern New Zealand
False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) travelling with a pod of pelagic Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)  Northern New Zealand  -  Richard Robinson
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Richard Robinson / False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) travelling with a pod of pelagic Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Northern New Zealand
Pygmy blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) diving downwards, Mirissa, Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean. Endangered species. Subspecies of Blue Whale.  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Pygmy blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda) diving downwards, Mirissa, Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean. Endangered species. Subspecies of Blue Whale.
Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) Pico Island, Azores, Portugal. May.  -  Luis  Quinta
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Luis Quinta / Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) Pico Island, Azores, Portugal. May.
Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus indica) in Indian Ocean, Mirissa, Matara, Sri Lanka.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus indica) in Indian Ocean, Mirissa, Matara, Sri Lanka.
Blue whale underwater close-up of head and mouth feeding with pouch inflated, Mexico  -  DOC WHITE
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DOC WHITE / Blue whale underwater close-up of head and mouth feeding with pouch inflated, Mexico
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) mother and calf, California  -  Hiroya Minakuchi
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Hiroya Minakuchi / Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) mother and calf, California
Aerial shot of Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) feeding, Mexico  -  DOC WHITE
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DOC WHITE / Aerial shot of Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) feeding, Mexico
Aerial view of Blue whale and calf {Balaenoptera musculus} Gulf of California, Mexico  -  Patricio Robles Gil
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Patricio Robles Gil / Aerial view of Blue whale and calf {Balaenoptera musculus} Gulf of California, Mexico
Two blue whales surfaceing (Balaennoptera musculus) Channel Islands National Park, California, Pacific  -  DOC WHITE
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DOC WHITE / Two blue whales surfaceing (Balaennoptera musculus) Channel Islands National Park, California, Pacific
Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) aerial view off the coast of California, USA. Pacific Ocean.  -  Doc White
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Doc White / Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) aerial view off the coast of California, USA. Pacific Ocean.
Group of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) at the surface,  Egypt. Red Sea.  -  Pascal Kobeh
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Pascal Kobeh / Group of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) at the surface, Egypt. Red Sea.
Group of Spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) Egypt. Red Sea.  -  Pascal Kobeh
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Pascal Kobeh / Group of Spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) Egypt. Red Sea.
Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) chasing fish (Trachurus trachurus) Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean  -  Jordi Chias
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Jordi Chias / Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) chasing fish (Trachurus trachurus) Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean
Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) male leaping out of the water. The protruding tip of the dolphin's penis is just visible. Sri Lanka. Indian Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) male leaping out of the water. The protruding tip of the dolphin's penis is just visible. Sri Lanka. Indian Ocean.
Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) leaping into the air on a sunny day, Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) leaping into the air on a sunny day, Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean.
Long beaked common dolphins predating sardine baitball {Delphinus capensis} South Afric ~(Non-ex).  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Long beaked common dolphins predating sardine baitball {Delphinus capensis} South Afric ~(Non-ex).
Common dolphin (Dephinus delphis) pod feeding on sardines (Sardinops oecllata) East London, South Africa.  -  Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Common dolphin (Dephinus delphis) pod feeding on sardines (Sardinops oecllata) East London, South Africa.
Cory's shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea)  diving among a mass of shoaling fish to feed, along with Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis), Formigas Islet dive site, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic...  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Cory's shearwaters (Calonectris diomedea) diving among a mass of shoaling fish to feed, along with Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis), Formigas Islet dive site, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic...
A freshwater Dinoflagellate (Ceratium hirundinella), Dinophyta. This flagellated protist has an armour-plated cellulose cell wall and two flagella (undulipodia) used for locomotion. One flagellum runs...  -  Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / A freshwater Dinoflagellate (Ceratium hirundinella), Dinophyta. This flagellated protist has an armour-plated cellulose cell wall and two flagella (undulipodia) used for locomotion. One flagellum runs...
Stigeoclonium, a branched filamentous Green Algae. Cells contain single parietal chloroplasts. LM.  -  Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Stigeoclonium, a branched filamentous Green Algae. Cells contain single parietal chloroplasts. LM.
Phytoplankton bloom made up of diatoms, which are the base of the marine food chain, Sea of Cortez, Mexico  -  Norbert Wu
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Norbert Wu / Phytoplankton bloom made up of diatoms, which are the base of the marine food chain, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Diatom (Closterium) with spherical chloroplasts (green pigmentation) and mineral granules at tips moving through Brownian motion. Other diatoms are visible.  -  SINCLAIR STAMMERS
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SINCLAIR STAMMERS / Diatom (Closterium) with spherical chloroplasts (green pigmentation) and mineral granules at tips moving through Brownian motion. Other diatoms are visible.
Spinetail devil rays (Mobula mobular) aerial view, ~Baja California, Mexico  -  Mark Carwardine
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Mark Carwardine / Spinetail devil rays (Mobula mobular) aerial view, ~Baja California, Mexico
Oceanic manta (Mobula birostris). Cousins Rock, San Salvador Island, Santiago Island, Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Islands. East Pacific Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Oceanic manta (Mobula birostris). Cousins Rock, San Salvador Island, Santiago Island, Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Islands. East Pacific Ocean.
A school of lesser devil rays (Mobula hypostoma) flying through sunbeams as they feed. Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Caribbean Sea.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A school of lesser devil rays (Mobula hypostoma) flying through sunbeams as they feed. Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Caribbean Sea.
Manta Ray (Manta Birostris) and Devil Ray (Mobula tarapacana) in background, accompanied by Pilot Fish (Naucrates ductor) and Remora. Santa Maria Island, Azores, September.  -  Nuno Sa
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Nuno Sa / Manta Ray (Manta Birostris) and Devil Ray (Mobula tarapacana) in background, accompanied by Pilot Fish (Naucrates ductor) and Remora. Santa Maria Island, Azores, September.
Devilrays (Mobula tarapacana) large group at the surface, Ambrosio dive site, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean  -  Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Devilrays (Mobula tarapacana) large group at the surface, Ambrosio dive site, Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean
Storm at sea in the rainy season, viewed from Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2015.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Storm at sea in the rainy season, viewed from Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2015.
Stormy Clouds over tropical seas.  -  Onne van der Wal
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Onne van der Wal / Stormy Clouds over tropical seas.
Rain falling from cumulonimbus clouds over the sea, Bahamas, Caribbean  -  Juan Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Rain falling from cumulonimbus clouds over the sea, Bahamas, Caribbean
Isolated rain storm above the sea. Bahamas Sea, Bahamas, North America, August 2006.  -  Inaki Relanzon
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Inaki Relanzon / Isolated rain storm above the sea. Bahamas Sea, Bahamas, North America, August 2006.
Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) blowing, with Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) in the water spray. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, August. Runner up in the Birds category of GDT competition 2014.  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) blowing, with Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) in the water spray. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, August. Runner up in the Birds category of GDT competition 2014.
Crown jellyfish (Netrostoma setouchina) in open water, Maldives, Indian Ocean.  -  Pascal Kobeh
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Pascal Kobeh / Crown jellyfish (Netrostoma setouchina) in open water, Maldives, Indian Ocean.
Crown jellyfish (Cephea cephea) with a juvenile drift fish sheltering within its venomous tentacles, hiding its head inside the jelly's mouth. In surface waters of deep open ocean at night, Kona, Hawa...  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Crown jellyfish (Cephea cephea) with a juvenile drift fish sheltering within its venomous tentacles, hiding its head inside the jelly's mouth. In surface waters of deep open ocean at night, Kona, Hawa...
Deepsea Blackdevil fish (Melanocetus murrayi) female anglerfish specimen.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Deepsea Blackdevil fish (Melanocetus murrayi) female anglerfish specimen.
Deep sea Anglerfish {Melanocoetus sp} female with lure projecting from head to attract prey. Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Anglerfish {Melanocoetus sp} female with lure projecting from head to attract prey. Atlantic ocean
Deep sea Anglerfish {Himantolophus sp} female with lure projecting from head to attract prey, Atlantic ocean. Anglerfish have small poorly developed eyes but detect movement and prey through a well de...  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Anglerfish {Himantolophus sp} female with lure projecting from head to attract prey, Atlantic ocean. Anglerfish have small poorly developed eyes but detect movement and prey through a well de...
Ratfish / Ghost shark (Chimaera monstrosa) on fjord bed, Trondheimsfjorden, Norway, November 2006  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Lundgren
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Lundgren / Ratfish / Ghost shark (Chimaera monstrosa) on fjord bed, Trondheimsfjorden, Norway, November 2006
Ratfish / Ghost shark (Chimaera monstrosa) Trondheimsfjorden, Norway, February 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Lundgren
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Lundgren / Ratfish / Ghost shark (Chimaera monstrosa) Trondheimsfjorden, Norway, February 2009
A large female Grey nurse /Sand Tiger / Ragged-tooth Shark (Carcharias taurus)  Fish Rock, Southwest Rock, New South Wales, Australia. Pacific Ocean. In the final stages of pregancy, female gray nurse...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / A large female Grey nurse /Sand Tiger / Ragged-tooth Shark (Carcharias taurus) Fish Rock, Southwest Rock, New South Wales, Australia. Pacific Ocean. In the final stages of pregancy, female gray nurse...
Ragged tooth shark (Carcharias taurus) showing teeth, De Hoop, South Africa.  -  Chris & Monique Fallows
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Chris & Monique Fallows / Ragged tooth shark (Carcharias taurus) showing teeth, De Hoop, South Africa.
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