Longing for the sea? Check out these photos

Thanks to all in the EarthSky community who honored World Oceans Day by contributing these awesome photos.

Blue ocean, apparently seen from the rear of a boat, under a blue sky.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Cindy Chai wrote from the North Pacific Ocean: “Smell the sea and feel the sky! During the COVID 19 period, many people can’t get out of their home due to lock down, so I think I’m lucky because I still get to see the ocean everyday due to my job on sea.” Thank you, Cindy.

World Oceans Day – a global day of ocean celebration – takes place every year on June 8. The World Ocean Project first organized the day as a time to celebrate the oceans and take steps to protect ocean health. This year’s theme is Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.

Find out more about World Oceans Day 2020

A sandy beach, blue-green ripples rolling in under a blue sky with complex clouds.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kim Cronan of Wabasso Beach, Florida, sent in this photo and wrote, “Taken while enjoying a typically gorgeous December day in South Florida and the Atlantic Ocean’s amazing shades of blue.” Thanks, Kim!

Clouds over a gray sea with a veil of rain on the right of the image.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kevan Hubbard at Seaton Carew in County Durham, England, wrote: “A window in the clouds with rain heading to the Yorkshire Moors.” Thank you, Kevan.

Beach with shallow stream on it reflecting setting sun.

Paulo P. Pereira of Torres Vedras, Lisbon, Portugal, captured this image.

Blue ocean next to blue beach with a small child observing the waves.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the Georgia coast, by Greg Hogan.

Rocky coast and incoming waves all in shades of pink, purple, and mauve.

West Bay, Dorset, at sunset. Image via Roger Morgan.

View straight along rocky breakwater with dot of light at end in dark twilight sky.

“Into the Bay of Bengal” by Karthik Easvur.

Thin ice on sea surface under lowering cloudy sky.

Tommy Richardsen Photography in Nordreisa, in northern Norway, captured this image of ice melting in the Norwegian Sea in May 2018. He wrote: “Magic of May. Close to 7 hours of good weather conditions for photography, rain, fog, mist, sunlight and crazy clouds, all one can ask for. :)” D810, 15mm.

Edge of beach with wavelets under cloudy sky.

Leo Carrillo State Beach, Malibu, California. Photo via Kristal Alaimo-Moritz Klear.

Splendid orange sunset over waves coming onto beach on rocky coast.

Twilight at Waimanalo Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, on June 4, 2017, via Chantel Dunlap.

Immense billowing white cloud against blue sky over calm sea.

Summer showers near Galveston, Texas, by Brett Stone.

Sunset over dark ocean waters.

San Francisco Bay by Matt Snow.

A large, lone, irregular rock sticks out of ocean waters with distance perfectly straight horizon.

From Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland, by Vladimir Zlvkovic.

Waves crash onto a rocky coastline on a misty day.

York Beach, Maine, by Kevin Pratt.

A turquoise sea next to vertical red cliffs above a narrow beach.

From the Great Ocean Road in Australia by Malck Coolen Photography.

Dark sea under a blue sky.

“Seawater inlet of Indian Ocean where two seas of different texture meet!” by Sima Sweet.

Scudding clouds over choppy water on a rocky coastline.

Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Cape Breton Island, Canada, by Tynski Photographic.

Sun high in orange sky with golden reflection in ocean below.

Glenn Miles Photography took this photo from the north coast of Northern Ireland. Thank you, Glenn.

Pure sunrise fading from red to blue above horizon with rocky promontory on right.

Maine coast at sunrise by John Gravell.

Pink and blue sunset reflected in ocean.

Sunset in Truro, Massachusetts, looking toward Provincetown, by John Gravell.

Low sun over sea with what looks like tractor tracks leading to water.

“Loggerhead sea turtle tracks at sunrise on Florida’s beautiful east coast.” Photo via Rachel Smith. Thanks Rachel!

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Bottom line: Ocean photos from EarthSky friends across the globe in celebration of World Oceans Day 2020.

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