Ocean Currents

Jaw-Dropping Marine Wildlife Photos You’ve Got to See

“Incredible” doesn’t even begin to describe our ocean’s wildlife

Ben Hicks Loggerhead

Our ocean is home to some of the most magnificent animals on Earth. From the largest sea turtle in the world to sharks that use teamwork to hunt, there’s no shortage of wonder when it comes to our ocean. If these photos of spectacular marine wildlife don’t leave you speechless, we don’t know what will.

Leatherback Sea Turtle

(Dermochelys coriacea)

Trinidad and Tobago Ben Hicks -
© Ben Hicks

Photographer: Ben Hicks

Location: Trinidad and Tobago


(Genus Hippocampus)

Jules Casey Seahorses Port Philip Bay
© Jules Casey

Photographer: Jules Casey

Location: Port Phillip Bay, Australia


(Genus Fratercula)

Harry Read Puffin - Wales
© Harry Read

Photographer: Harry Read

Location: Wales

Harbor Seal

(Phoca vitulina)

George Karbus - Harbor Seal - Southern California
© George Karbus

Photographer: George Karbus

Location: Southern California

Polar Bear

(Ursus maritimus)

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© Daisy Gilardini

Photographer: Daisy Gilardini

Location:  Wapusk National Park


(Trichechus manatus)

James R.D. Scott Manatees Crystal River Florida
© James R.D. Scott

Photographer: James R.D. Scott

Location: Crystal River, Florida

Piping Plover

(Charadrius melodus)

Melissa Groo Piping Plover New Jersey
© Melissa Groo

Photographer: Melissa Groo

Location: New Jersey


(Class Gastropoda)

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© David Cothran

Photographer: David Cothran

Location: Hornsund

Sea Sheep

(Costasiella kuroshimae)

Sea sheep Jim Lynn - bali indonesia
© Jim Chen

Photographer: Jim Chen

Location: Bali, Indonesia


(Family Scolopacidae)

Pat Ulrich Sandpipers Point Reyes National Seashore, California copy
© Pat Ulrich

Photographer: Pat Ulrich

Location: Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Spotted Eagle Ray

(Aetobatus narinari)

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© Jordan Robins

Photographer: Jordan Robins

Location: Heron Island, Australia

Blacktip Reef Shark

(Carcharhinus melanopterus)

Blacktip Reef Shark Seychelles Thomas Peschak
© Thomas Peschak

Photographer: Thomas Peschak

Location: Seychelles

Humpback Whale

(Megaptera novaeangliae)

Grant Thomas- humpback whale indonesia
© Grant Thomas

Photographer: Grant Thomas

Location: Indonesia

Spinner Shark

(Carcharhinus brevipinna)

Lewis Burnett Spinner Sharks Ningaloo Reef Western Australia
© Lewis Burnett

Photographer: Lewis Burnett

Location: Ningaloo Reef, Australia

Bobtail Squid

(Order Sepiolida)

Bobtail Squid Matt Smith photographey Wollongong Harbour New South Wales
© Matt Smith

Photographer: Matt Smith

Location: New South Wales

Whale Shark

(Rhincodon typus)

Whale Shark - Suju Gasim - South Ari Atoll, Maldives
© Suju Gasim

Photographer: Suju Gasim

Location: South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Galapagos Sea Lion

(Zalophus wollebaeki)

© Paul Nicklen

Photographer: Paul Nicklen

Location: Galapagos Islands

Mobula Ray

(Genus Mobula)

Mobula Rays Mexico Nick Polanszky : Coral Reef Image Bank
© Nick Polanszky / Coral Reef Image Bank

Photographer: Nick Polanszky (Coral Reef Image Bank)

Location: Mexico

African Penguin

(Spheniscus demersus)

Emmett Sparling Cape Town South Africa
© Emmett Sparling

Photographer: Emmett Sparling

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Human Beings

(AKA, you!)

Merr Watson - Trigg Beach
© Merr Watson

Photographer: Merr Watson

Location: Trigg Beach, Western Australia

You may be wondering, why on Earth would we include humans on a list of marine wildlife? Well, the answer is simple: we are tied to the ocean, and our actions affect marine ecosystems every day. The wildlife on this list—as well as countless other marine animals that call the ocean home—need our help. Problems from marine debris to ocean acidification to unsustainable fishing practices and more threaten our planet’s wildlife. Without action, we risk losing iconic ocean animals to extinction.

It doesn’t have to be this way. We all have the ability to protect, rebuild and conserve our ocean.

Join Ocean Conservancy’s email list today to stay updated on how you can help protect marine wildlife like these, both now and in the days to come!

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