Earth’s landscapes offer much to behold — but it’s equally stunning, in an entirely different way, under the surface of the sea.
In the depths of our oceans (and lakes and rivers), you’ll find extraordinary creatures and settings so striking, they don’t look like they’re from our planet at all.
Here, we’re sharing some of our favorite underwater pictures, taken off the coasts of Australia, Mexico, Hawaii and beyond. It’s the next best thing to donning a wetsuit and diving in yourself.
Kayaking at sunset in Papua, Indonesia
Going for a swim off the coast of Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach
Finding solitude beneath the sun-dappled sea in Oahu, Hawaii
Befriending sea turtles in Oahu, Hawaii
Shallow-water swimming in Slovenia’s Lake Jasna
Lemon sharks patrolling the seas in the Bahamas