13 watery scenes that’ll make you crave the ocean

These magical, mysterious and downright spectacular photos were taken in the depths of the sea.
By Alison Mann

Water covers the majority of the planet, so it's no surprise that there are some incredible sights hidden under the surface of the world's oceans. There are curious seals, giant whales and giant jellyfish, all adding to the spectacular nature of the sea.

We've put together a selection of some of the best underwater images showing the deep blue in all its glory – you won't want to look away.

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1. What’s the sting like on that one?

A diver takes a photo while diving with a Giant jelly, Pelagia noctiluca off the coast of Sula Sgeir, Scotland
Face to face with a giant © Matt Doggett

The waters around the remote and uninhabited island of Sula Sgeir, Scotland were where this giant jelly was photographed.

2. A curious seal

An inquisitive seal gets up close to a diver's camera in the North Sea off the coast of Northumberland, UK
An inquisitive seal snapped in the North Sea © Adam Hanlon

It was time to strike a pose for this grey seal swimming in the North Sea, off the English coast.

3. A deep dark cave

A diver explores the underwater Weebubbie Cave in the Nullarbor Karst Plain, Australia
In the deep blue © Liz Rogers/Red Bull Illume

It looks bright enough to see in this cave, but that's just thanks to the photographer's skills. The photo was taken in the inky blackness of the Weebubbie Cave, Australia and the image was part of Red Bull Illume 2013. The international photography contest dedicated to action and adventure sports is back for 2016 and submissions are now open.

4. Wonders of the ocean

Small Lion's mane jellyfish, Cyanea capillata, with a diver in the background swimming along an iceberg in crystal clear water, Tasiilaq Fjord, East-Greenland,
A lion’s mane jellyfish swimming in Greenland © Tobias Friedrich www.BELOW-SURFACE.com

A diver swims with a small lion's mane jellyfish near an iceberg in the Tasillaq Fjord, East Greenland.

5. Giants of the sea

A freediver swimming with a pair of giant, majestic sperm whales in the Indian Ocean
Underwater giants © Alex Voyer/Fisheye

Freedivers Alex Voyer and Alex Roubaud spent time in the Indian Ocean and captured some incredible images of sperm whales. See more from their trip.

6. The fight for food

A flock of Gannets dive into the ocean hunting for food off the coast of Scotland, UK
Gannets get wild © Matt Doggett

This image shows nature at its best as a group of northern gannets fight over fish in Scotland.

7. Big fish, little diver

An underwater photographer has a close encounters with the unusual sunfish in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Bali
A sunfish © Stefan Follows

This picture, shot at a great angle, shows a diver and sunfish in Bali.

8. Underwater interaction

A freediver and curious dolphin check out a tiny jellyfish together off the coast of Ireland
Free diving with dolphins © George Karbus/Red Bull Illume

A diver and dolphin check out a jellyfish in this image shot while freediving in Ireland. It was also part of Red Bull Illume.

9. Dancing with a whale

A freedive playing underwater with a giant sperm whale in the Indian Ocea
Dancing with a sperm whale © Alex Voyer/Fisheye

A freediver dances with a sperm whale in this shot, also taken in the Indian Ocean.

10. A singing shark

Whale sharks feed by filtering thousands of liters of water through their gills and extracting the plankton that is contained in it. This shark has found a part
Open wide © Adam Hanlon

This whale shark gives its lungs a blast in the Mexican waters.

11. Freediving with a seal

A diver and seal have fun interacting underwater in the Indian Ocean
When diver and sea life meet © Alex Voyer/Fisheye

Check out this beautiful moment when a seal notices the freediver swimming gracefully behind.

12. A mesmerising turtle

An up close and personal photo of a turtle underwater in the ocean off the coast of Turkey
What you looking at? © Csaba Tokolyi

This green turtle was pictured swimming in the Marsa Shouna dive site in the Red Sea, Egypt.

13. Watch out for the shoal

A huge shall of fish captured by an underwater photographer in the ocean in Asia
Don’t get too close! © Stefan Follows

A diver looks on at a huge shoal of fish swarming in the waters off Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand.

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