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12 Unbelievable Underwater Photos That Look Like They Are Not From Earth

Every artist and philosopher that has ever been, knows that our Earth is a strange place, probably the strangest place in the entire Universe.

We live here, we see it everyday and it seems just dull and boring to us. Like Alan Moore wrote in Watchmen:

The world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget… I forget. We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions. Yet seen from the another’s vantage point. As if new, it may still take our breath away. 

Some photographers have taken a journey into the heart of the wonder that are Earth’s oceans, and captured such stunning photographs that look like something we’d expect to find on a strange alien planet or fantasy movies overloaded with CGI.

But they’re real, they’re here. Check it out for yourself:

#1. An underwater rainbow in Hawaii

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Captured in Oahu, Hawaii, this scooba diver is caught in this glorious moment.

#2. A kingdom of colours in Russia

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Brilliant colours of Northern Lights decorate the night sky as glowing starfishes rest under water in Teriberka, Russia.

#3. Beam me up, Captain

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What looks like an ancient tribal warrior genetically modified to add flaps to their feet, floating in a beam of light. Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

#4. Psychedelia activated!

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Vividly coloured reefs glowing in the golden light of the evening sun, as seen in Papua, Indonesia.

#5. Somewhere under the rainbow

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A diver floats towards the end of a rainbow in Oahu, Hawaii.

#6. Mermaids are real

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Flowing mane of hair, and long flaps at the feet make this diver look like a mermaid elegantly swimming in the sunlit water. Location: Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman

#7. Haunting depths of this Iceberg

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Everyone knows that Icebergs have 90% of their main body hidden underwater and we see only 10% of them poing out. As seen at the Antarctic Paulet Island, this iceberg shows how huge and deep and terrifying the rest of the icerberg really is. If you were on Titanic, you’d know.

#8. The school of fish has a new student

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In Oahu, Hawaii. While the water looks like liquid gold under the yellow sun, the fish are having a ball in the warmth as this diver joins them.

#9. A wrinkled ball of water

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These divers took a plunge in Ewens Ponds, South Australia while the photographer captured them from deep underwater. The ripples on the surface and limited sunlight make it look like the divers are trapped inside a ball of water. You can also see the outlines of the white clouds from the sky above.

#10. Chasing a fish tornado

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While Sharknado was a bad idea for a movie, the real fish tornado is a school of tiny fish hurtling through the water at impressive speed. And it looks awesome.

#11. And we are all trapped in our own way

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A diver gazing thoughtfully at a fish farm in Oahu, Hawaii.

#12. This underwater military museum

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We may have not found Atlantis, because obviously it doesn’t exist. There is this Aqaba’s underwater military museum where divers go and explore the derelict relics, and if you imagine hard enough you can create your own background story for these pictures.

 

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