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You breathe in the tropical air and plunge beneath the surface of the clear blue water. Down below, a constellation of blue starfish comes into focus as you navigate coral reefs off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
While the earth’s surface is about 70 percent water, when we travel we tend to stick to terra firma like the land lovers we are. A look through these beautiful underwater photos—submitted by Travel + Leisure community members—will inspire you to get off solid ground and explore lakes, rivers, and oceans. You’re in for all kinds of discoveries.
There’s so much to see under the surface: nearly 250,000 different species live in the world’s oceans, according to the Census of Marine Life, and scientists believe there could be more than three times as many yet to be discovered.
If saltwater isn’t your thing, you don’t have to plumb the depths of the Pacific Ocean to appreciate the beauty of life underwater. From a safe and dry distance, one T+L community member took a vivid shot of schools of jellyfish floating through their tanks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, just a short drive from San Francisco.
Another community member dared to dive with lemon and tiger sharks in the waters off the coast of the Bahamas. She not only lived to tell the tale, but also captured up-close images to share with the rest of us.
See for yourself by diving into these beautiful underwater photos.
Manatees, Crystal River, FL
Hawksbill Turtle, West Palm Beach, FL
Tiger Shark, Bahamas
The start of Oktoberfest 2018 is upon us and big changes in the weather are expected for the opening days of festivities.
Following a brief lull in tropical weather across the Atlantic Basin, several areas of interest have developed this weekend, including the season's newest named storm.
The NASCAR Playoffs will continue tonight at the Richmond Raceway amid warm and potentially unsettled weather.
The arrival of cooler, less humid air in the northeastern United States will coincide with the first days of fall this weekend.
On Monday, Sept. 17, a series of tornadoes from Hurricane Florence struck Virginia and caused heavy destruction in the Richmond area, including a tree that was housing 70,000 bees.
While crests will continue to work downstream along the major rivers in the eastern part of the Carolinas into next week, some unprotected areas may stay flooded until the end of September or early October.
No obstante, organizaciones sin fines de lucro crearon la primera Guía para la Protección de la Niñez y la Adolescencia en Situaciones de Emergencia o Desastres.
The newest storm in the western Pacific Ocean will track through the Philippine Sea, continuing to gather strength before impacting land later in the week.