It’s a weird and wonderful world under the sea

June 18, 2017 1:03 pm Last Updated: June 18, 2017 1:03 pm

Water, water, all around us, and yet 95 percent of it is still unexplored. The ocean runs six miles deep, and we’ve seen little of it thus far. Did you know that scientists estimate two-thirds of ocean life is still unknown to us?

Let’s dive in and explore

A woman swims near a swarm of fish in a cove off Portofino. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bottlenose dolphins off the southern California coast. (David McNew/Getty Images)

As you can see, you don’t need to go far to discover the beauty of the ocean.

Coral reefs in the lagoon of the Toau atoll. (GREGORY BOISSY/AFP/Getty Images)
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The shipwreck Spiegel Grove in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. (Fraser Nivens/Florida Keys News Bureau via Getty Images)
Portofino. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

But let’s go deeper

A close-up of the scleractinian coral Lophelia pertusa. (NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s deep-sea explorations have resulted in the discovery of many strange and interesting species previously unseen. Scientists sent rovers three miles undersea, and dubbed the series of images captured “Aliens From The Deep.”

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Tripod fish. (NOAA)
This beautiful creature referred to as “dandelion” was discovered by geologists during a 1977 expedition. Scientists now know that it is a siphonophore, a relative of the Portuguese man-of-war. (NOAA)
The Dumbo octopus. (NOAA)
Iridigorgia deep sea coral. (NOAA)
A 1.6 meter-long Frill shark swims in a tank after being found by a fisherman at a bay in Numazu. (Awashima Marine Park/Getty Images)

But there are plenty of familiar faces in the sea as well

A sea turtle (Eretmochelis imbricata) swims in the depth of the Ras Mohammed protection area near Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. (TARIK TINAZAY/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in San Cristobal island, Galapagos Archipelago, on September 1, 2009. AFP PHOTO/Pablo Cozzaglio (Photo credit should read . (PABLO COZZAGLIO/AFP/Getty Images)
A sea turtle (Eretmochelis imbricata) swims with scuba divers in the depth of Ras Mohammed protection area near Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. (TARIK TINAZAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Two divers in Santa Claus outfits feed sharks inside a giant aquarium at a sea life amusement park in Jakarta. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

And who doesn’t love looking at Jellies?

A large Echizen jellyfish off the coast of Komatsu in Ishikawa prefecture, northern Japan. (YOMIURI SHIMBUN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Lion’s Mane jellyfish swims beneath the waters of Inner Farne. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
This jellyfish, Benthocodon hyalinus, is found in the water column throughout the Pacific Ocean, from the Arctic Ocean to Antarctica. (NOAA)
Crossota sp., a deep red medusa found just off the bottom of the deep sea. (Kevin Raskoff, California State University, Monterey Bay)
The jelly (hydromedusa) is in a family of hydromedusae called Rhopalonematidae. (NOAA)

Or other colorful things

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More dandelion siphonophores. (NOAA)
Someone once called baby octopi the “cupcakes of the sea”—everyone wants one for a snack. (NOAA)
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SCUBA divers in the Red Sea near the resort town of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. (Ed Giles/Getty Images).

And even if you have no plans to go diving, the sea is beautiful from above as well

Penguins walk towards the ocean off Cape Town, South Africa. (GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
The beautifully dramatic Arctic landscape spans across the horizon. (NOAA)
A Humpback whale jumps in the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga natural park in Colombia. (LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)
Sunset Beach, California. (David McNew/Getty Images)
East Cape, the eastern-most point of New Zealand. (Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images)
Bronte beach in Sydney, Australia. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Coogee Beach in Sydney, Australia. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Cyclone Lam in the Arafura Sea. (NOAA via Getty Images)
Dolphins break the surface of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Sao Miguel island in the Azores. (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Sumba Island, Indonesia.  (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
The Mediterranean sea in Nice . (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nice on May 31, 2016.(VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)