There was a magic about the sea. People were drawn to it. People wanted to love by it, swim in it, play in it, look at it. It was a living thing that was as unpredictable as a great stage actor: it could be calm and welcoming, opening its arms to embrace its audience one moment, but then could explode with its stormy tempers, flinging people around, wanting them out, attacking coastlines, breaking down islands. It had a playful side too, as it enjoyed the crowd, tossed the children about, knocked lilos over, tipped over windsurfers, occasionally gave sailors helping hands; all done with a secret little chuckle. ~ Cecelia Ahern, The Gift
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two dolphins are jumping out of the water
The real dolphin tale: They’re smart, sometimes vicious and highly sexed
The longest-running wild dolphin research study paints a fuller picture of the marine mammals; they’re not “humans in wet suits.”
the sun is setting over the ocean with rocks on the beach and palm trees in the foreground
An enchanting Seychelles sunset
a group of horses running through the water
The white horses of the Camargue | Blind Magazine
Found at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France, on the Mediterranean coast in the heart of the Rhone Delta; the area is also known as the Camargue Delta. The semi-feral Camargue horse is considered a primitive breed & probably evolved in the Camargue Delta for centuries, possibly thousands of years. They live in small groups on large expanses of land managed by the Gardian herders. They spend much of their life in wetland marshes, & are often called the “Horse of the Sea”.
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A Japanese Pearl Farm Shows Nature’s Artistic Process (Published 2023)
A Japanese Pearl Farm Shows Nature’s Artistic Process - The New York Times
an aerial view of the beach and ocean with snow covered mountains in the distance on a cloudy day
the water is very blue and green with white sand on it's bottom half
Luskentyre, on the Isle of Harris, Scotland
photographer Robert Birkby
an underwater view of some corals and seaweed
Dead sailor’s eyeballs or glitzy glamour bubbles! — Norfolk Island's Reef
Dead sailor’s eyeballs or glitzy glamour bubbles! — Norfolk Island's Reef
four pictures of different types of sea animals
Marine Biologists Identify Three New Nautilus Species | SciNews
Nautiluses occur in the tropical waters of the Pacific & Indian oceans, near the coasts of Japan, Fiji, New Caledonia, & Australia. They have a shell diameter of 4" to 10" across & more than 90 tentacles — the most of any cephalopod. Unlike other cephalopods, instead of suckers their tentacles have grooves & ridges which are coated with a sticky secretion. A nautilus may live for more than 20 years, reaching maturity in 12 to 15 years.
an aerial view of the beach and ocean with green hills in the background on a sunny day
Traigh Mhòr, Isle of Lewis
Traigh Mhòr (Big Beach) on the east coast of the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. *There's also another beach called Traigh Mhòr on the Isle of Barra at the southern tip of the island chain.
a rainbow shines in the sky over a sandy beach and ocean with white sand
Isle of Harris
Harris is an island in the Outer Hebrides, an archipelago off the west coast of the Scottish mainland.
an aerial view of the beach and ocean with green grass, sand and blue water
West Beach Berneray, Outer Hebrides
Cold but looking tropical
two people scuba in the ocean with their lights on and some corals around them
Scientists made an incredible discovery in the ocean’s ‘twilight zone’ off Tahiti | CNN
Only around 20% of the ocean floor has so far been mapped, according to UNESCO.
an orange jellyfish swimming in the ocean
Weird and Wonderful: The psychedelic jelly is one of the most colorful residents of the deep sea
Marine biologists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed several species of the jellyfish genus Crossota in Monterey Bay, California.