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Celebrate 'World Oceans Day' By Contemplating All The Monsters That Live In the Deep

Thursday is World Oceans Day, and it is intended to draw attention to a love of the great blue. We owe a lot to the ocean—life as we know it, for instance. And we basically repay La Mer by throwing tons of garbage inside her. Organizers of World Oceans Day want to encourage people to treat it as a "global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future." We're all connected by the water, after all:

Okay, now that we've got the environmentalist stuff out of the way, let's talk about why we really need to save the oceans: because they're full of insane monsters:

Roman Fedortsov is a Russian deep sea fisherman who posts a lot of his freakiest finds on a shocking Twitter account that has totally changed how I feel dipping my toes in the waves:

To be honest, I feel kind of bad for all those dead fish who probably had absolutely no idea what "human being" meant until it was too late, but they're still pretty amazing to see. Fedortsov didn't discover the ocean, though. 

We've been trying to explore the depths for centuries, and there are still some places that are so deep, they're probably harder to get to than the moon. It may be that no person will ever know what lives on the bottom floor, but what we've seen so far is incredible:

@Regrann from @natgeo - Photo by @BrianSkerry. Happy World Oceans Day! On this day - when the world celebrates the magnificence of Earth’s oceans - I urge you to think about the need for conservation of our water planet. Approximately 98% of Earth’s biosphere - where life can exist on the planet - is ocean, and yet only about 3% is protected. Science tells us that, for a healthy planet, at least 30% of the oceans must be protected. We have a lot more work to do. Every other breath we takes comes from the sea, with more than 50% of the oxygen needed to survive generated by the ocean. If for no other reason than our own survival, ocean ecosystems must be conserved. The oceans give us so many riches, and taking care of the sea means a healthy future for all. Today, I will be speaking to world leaders at the General Assembly of the United Nations about the need to protect our water planet. I hope you join me in pushing for greater protection of our seas. To see more underwater photography, and to learn more about oceanic conservation efforts, follow me - @BrianSkerry - on Instagram. #worldoceansday #conservation #preservation #un #unitednations #ocean #oceans #climatechange #protect #sea #photooftheday #onassignment #natgeo #nationalgeographicM.A. Elias Brito L. - #regrann

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Those are just the creatures that it's relatively easy to see. While the many unnamed monsters stewing in the primordial ooze occasionally fill me with fear, much more often they fill me with wonder. The world is full of mysteries still, and we need to protect it. Otherwise, how will I ever meet a mermaid?

Photo by @rjfotografie @rudyjansenfotografie . Thanks Dave ;) #mermaid #sailor #sea #fairytale

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