Of course, the land is filled with beautiful and impressive creatures, but what about the underwater world. Here lies a whole new place that’s just waiting to be explored. Here are the best places to enjoy all the wonderful sights on offer.
If you want to swim up close and personal with sharks and rays, then look no further. Socorro is known for its hammerhead sharks, humpback whales, and bottlenose dolphins as well as some intense underwater action.
Walindi, Papua New Guinea
The surrounding volcanoes meant that Walindi has all it needs to support a growing reef system. There are so many diverse animals living under the water, including corals, crustaceans, and fish. Amazingly, there are more than 200 reefs all waiting to be explored.
Tubbataha is a National Marine Park, meaning all the species are protected. As if that wasn’t enough, the beauty of the underwater world means that it has been named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All it takes is a quick look under the surface to see why.
Truk Lagoon, Melanesia
As if a selection of marine life wasn’t enough, Truk Lagoon is also the perfect spot for any divers wanting to enjoy shipwrecks. The seafloor is filled with wartime ships as well as a submarine and plenty of history.
Wolf and Darwin Islands, Galapagos Islands
Sure, the islands themselves are impressive, but what about the underwater world? Here, people can enjoy some of the most diverse ecosystems thanks to the sharks, rays, whales, and colorful fish that all call these waters home.
The underwater world is filled with some of the most beautiful and breathtaking scenery on the planet. Perhaps it’s no surprise that so many magnificent creatures have made it their home? Now, we get to enjoy them all for ourselves.
40+ Photos That Prove Reality Is Stranger Than Fiction
If you are active on social media apps, then it’s likely you are a little skeptical about what you see on the net. After all, the internet is filled with fake news and photoshopped pictures, so if we see something that looks too strange to be true, we just presume it isn’t. But as Mark Twain once said – “Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, truth isn’t.” These images will make you believe that reality is, in fact, stranger than one’s imagination.
The Engineering Marvel
Imagine riding a rollercoaster every time you want to visit a neighboring town. Feels surreal, right? But the mile-long Ohashi Bridge over Lake Nakaumi connecting cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato in Japan is one such wonder.
Engineers made the bridge very tall to make sure that the ships can pass easily from below. It took engineers and architects seven years to complete the making of the bridge. Do you think you have the guts to drive on the roller-coaster bridge?
Not Visible to the Naked Eye
Ever wondered what the tip of the needle of a new syringe looks like? Of course, on the surface, it looks all smooth, and that’s what we can see from our eyes.
But this photograph gives us a microscopic look at the tip of the needle syringes, and after seeing the image, we don’t need to guess why injecting the syringe hurts so much. The harpoon at the tip is enough to send chills down your spine, don’t you think?
Interested in a Love Portion Straight From the Tap?
Is this the Indian festival of colors or a DIY for some science experiment? Well, if the color Pink fascinates you, then you wouldn’t mind drinking some pink water. Just imagine waking up one day only to find that there is pink water flowing from the tap.
However, this pink water is all thanks to the chemical treatment that municipal water plants use. They use potassium permanganate for cleaning the water. It helps in the removal of bacterial growth and also helps to dissolve unwanted materials like hydrogen sulfide, manganese, and minerals.
Magic Exists, Here’s the Proof
If someone told you there’s a giant tap that’s floating in the sky giving out an endless supply of water, would you believe it? You would probably second guess your eyes as well. But this image is not photoshopped.
This is a magic tap fountain, and you can find many of these around the world. The one below is from Aqualand, Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. The tap is actually supported by a pipe that’s covered with the water coming out, creating an optical illusion of the tap floating.
Real-Life Example of Animal Friendship
Think of friendships between two animals, and suddenly thoughts fly to cartoon animals that we grew up watching. But this weasel and green woodpecker made the Disney tales come alive. The anecdotes of animal companionship can warm hearts and melt even the toughest humans.
One reason why we find it so amusing is that unlike humans witnessing stories of interspecies animal companionship is rare and unusual. However, Photographer Martin Le-May was able to capture one such story of companionship at Hornchurch Country Park in Essex. It is not photoshopped.
A Bright Yellow Door in the Middle of Nowhere
Do you remember the gate in Narnia that can transport you to another, beautiful, magical world? This bright yellow gate gives out the exact same vibes. It looks like a mystery gate that will transport you to a Wonderland full of angels and unicorns.
However, the yellow gate in this picture is in Denmark, and there are many such gates around the world. If this was a magic gate that would take you anywhere you want to, where would you wanna go?
A Tale of Ecological Catastrophe
Looking at the trees, one would only imagine a nature artist painting the trees to make them aesthetically pleasing. But, these beautiful two shaded trees actually tell a horror story of a toxic waste spill in Hungary. The photograph captures the towns of Hungary stained red after the oil spill.
The photo is a part of the series “The Line” created by a Spanish photographer that tells the chronicles of the aftermath of the waste spill that left the towns of Hungary tainted with a scarlet hue.
The Technicolor Hot Spring, Yes, it’s Real
It looks like a comet fell down on Earth and created a giant rainbow pool. The vivid colors of the spring create a stark contrast against the earthy land giving it a surreal otherworldly feeling. This feels so mesmerizing, doesn’t it?
It’s beautiful how nature can create something that is beyond man’s imagination. Interesting fact? This is the third largest hot spring in the world. The majestic and awe-inspiring Grand Prismatic Spring is situated in Yellowstone National Park in the USA.
Berry Berry Different
Blueberries are delicious little berries that are packed with antioxidants. But once in a while, these fruits grow to be bigger and better. Just like in the picture, he’s holding two blueberries side by side just to show how small blueberries usually are and how big a few blueberries grow out to be.
It feels like there are giants amongst the blueberry families as well. Fun fact – the size of the blueberries can range anywhere between 4 inches to 13 feet (yes, you read that right).
Spotting a rainbow in itself is a rare phenomenon but imagine being lucky enough to spot the rainbow at the exact moment when it encircles the shadow of the plane? Sounds made up, until you see that happening for yourself.
The photo looks surreal, and one can only imagine the feeling of witnessing such a splendid spectacle. Also, how lucky you have to be to not only witness but also capture such a rarity in your camera?
Optical Illusion at its Finest
Watching an optical illusion can make anyone scratch their head in confusion. While some people may find it frustrating, many still find it quite amusing. The artist in this picture has created an illusion of depth.
It looks like an abyss one cannot return from. And they are not the rabbit-hole kinds. Plus, the black and white color combination adds an element of mystery. Would you have the guts to walk into this room?
A Moment of Magic in the Starry Wonderland
No, this is not a picture of some enchanting and magical place where fairies reside, although it looks like one. What looks like fallen stars illuminating the way with their twinkling lights are actually glow worms that are radiating their light!
This picture is of New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves. A step in this place will make you a part of 130 years old ancient culture and national history. Imagine thousands of tiny creatures radiate luminescent light in a subterranean world.
A Portal to Another World
If you had to imagine a portal to another world, what would you imagine? Would it be the 9 and three quarters platform from the Harry Potter movies? Or somewhere in the Marvel Universe right besides Doctor Strange? The galaxy blue color looks like it is going to explode and suck everyone into another world.
However, this magnificent bubble isn’t some portal to another world but Iceland’s most visited active geyser. This geyser erupts every 15 minutes and sprays hot water up to 10 meters.
The Little Red Barrel That Saves Lives
We all know fire hydrants help firefighters tap into the water supply instantly. We have all seen them around the neighborhood or in the backyards of our home. For most of us, it’s a small red barrel that spurts water.
But have you ever wondered what a fire hydrant actually looks like from inside? Then this picture of a pile of evacuated fire hydrants will give you a clue. What we see outside is just the tip of this fire hydrant-berg. Cool, right?
To Leaf or Not to Leaf
If someone tells you to look out for a lizard, you would mostly look for a miniature version of an alligator or a crocodile, right? Those little scaly, long body and pointy tail creatures can make even grown humans jump. But would you ever imagine that a dry leaf on the branch that you are about to pluck could be a gecko?
That’s right, in the picture above you can see a leaf-tailed gecko masquerading as a leaf. These species of gecko are endemic to Madagascar and come out mostly at night to hunt.
Enchanting or Haunting?
The swirling of the tree branches feels like an entrance to the world of witchcraft. The sculpture feels hauntingly beautiful. It appears like it is straight out of the fantasy book that tells tales of magical forests with trees that grant wishes. Would you believe that this is actually a manmade creation and not photoshopped?
Sculpture artist Spencer Byles created the sculpture in this photo. He spent over a year in the forests to create such beautiful sculptures out of natural materials found in the forest of La Colle Sur Loup, Mougins, and Villeneuve Loubet.
The Trace of the Giants
If someone told you that the gigantic imprints on the Earth are footprints of the giants that last walked this planet nearly 65.5 million years ago, would you believe it? It sounds like a plot of Jurassic Park where the footstep leads to the actual living dinosaur.
We don’t know about finding dinosaurs, but a scientist spotted dinosaur footprints in a cave in France. A scientist on the caving trip found footprints of three Titanosaurs in the ceiling of the cave that are believed to be 166 to 168 million years old.
What Goes Around Comes Around
A classic example of ‘as you sow so shall you reap’ is this photo of a waste-filled land. No, this is not some art created by some artists to raise awareness about the dumping of waste in the water bodies.
This is an annual phenomenon in Mumbai, where all the garbage that has been dumped in the sea comes back to the land with the high waves, during the monsoon season.
A Magnificent Marvel
Nature has its own way of amusing us with its creation. Doesn’t it look like some angle dropped her wing when you look at the enchanting blue color and mesmerizing details? The wing actually belongs to the blue dragonfly.
While the natural colors of the dragonfly are a combination of black, brown, red, or yellow – the blue color of the dragonfly is because of the structural color created by photonic cells.
Shades of Green Creating Magic
What would be your first guess if you come across this picture without any context? The probability of anyone guessing this to be a watercolor palette displaying shades of green is high. Who would guess that this stunning picture actually shows salt evaporators of Western Australia?
Glowing like opals under the sun, these salt ponds stretch across 27 square miles on the coast of Western Australia. The photographer has very beautifully captured the sight of the salt-crystalizing ponds from the above sky.
Real-Life Version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Every 90’s kid wanted to visit the chocolate factory run by Willy Wonka with the Oompa-Loompas. What if someone told you that you could live your childhood dream? Visiting this strawberry milkshake lookalike Lake Retba is the closest you can get to living your ‘world made of chocolate’ fantasy.
This lake is situated in Senegal, northwest Africa. The drool-worthy pink color of the lake comes from Dunaliella saline algae present in the lake water.
Giant’s Palm or Tiny Cucumbers?
Does this photo look like a giant holding average size cucumbers or an average palm holding multiple tiny-tiny cucumbers? Both the possibilities are equally considerable given the strange-strange photos in this blog alone. However, in the photo, the latter is true.
What we see in the photo is cucamelon, a hybrid of cucumber and lemon. It tastes like cucumber in lime juice. He’s holding roughly 17 cucamelon in an average size palm – imagine how tiny they would be. Bet he feels like a giant.
When Lightning Strikes Lakeside Golf Course
Is this the magic of Gandalf the Grey or are these just normal cracks on the ground? However, this is an image of the Lakeside Golf Course. The pattern created by a lightning strike looks like the work of a wizard proving its existence.
Ever since 1970, Lexington’s Lakeside Golf course has been a local favorite that offers various kinds of services and facilities for golf lovers. It offers various kinds of discounted rates and group packages and is worth a visit.
A Signal From Extraterrestrial Life?
The shooting beam in the otherwise dark starry night feels nothing short of magic. It is like you are in some movie about aliens, and the aliens finally responded with a beam signal.
The reality of this pic is that it is supposedly a Lavender Field in France. This picture is part of a series of images that were taken with the help of a drone with a hanging lantern to capture the complete beauty.
Why Opt for a Sheep Dog When You Have a Donkey Nanny
We have seen some incredible pictures of how animals bond with different species. Some images have even amazed us, like the tigress that looked after a baby deer after killing its mom or when cows fed motherless puppies their milk.
This image is not just a fine example of such amazing facts; it is also one of the realities of Italian shepherds. Donkeys are used as nannies to help in transporting baby lambs to the plains from high pastures.
One of Mother Earth’s Most Beautiful Paintings
The bright colors that blend into each other mixed with the beauty of the mountains are truly mesmerizing. Just looking at this picture can help you to relax and calm your mind. But what if you had the benefit of looking at this life? Would you take it?
The fact is that this is a place that exists on Earth. What you are looking at is China’s Rainbow Mountains. The rainbow colors are a result of the erosion of red terrigenous sedimentary beds, climatic conditions, and tectonic shifts over centuries.
Nature Decided to Get its Craft Hat on
There are hummingbirds that can fly, and then there are its lookalikes whose roots touch the Earth. The Green Bird, as the plant is called, is a perfect replica of how we would say – there are seven faces that look similar or the same.
It also reflects the beauty of nature to show that all living organisms on this Earth are one. Creative or artistic, whatever it may be, it is nature at its best that never ceases to amaze us.
Toss the Books Out the Window
Yep, we have all heard or said this at least once in our lifetime. Book lovers may just consider even going on strike to see what is happening with this picture. Well, there is a lot more than meets the eye, and honestly, you will love it.
This is actually an art sculpture made by Alice Martin that replicates how deep knowledge can really be. It signifies our lives and the knowledge we gain during our lifetime. If you want to know how she pieced this beauty?
Is This a Shot From Frozen?
This image is very similar to the beautiful special effects seen in the movies. It is also a perfect reflection of a painter’s creativity—the whitish silver trees with their light black reflection on the frozen water.
Fact Check – This image is actually a real deal and is called the Blue Pond in Japan called Aoi-like. Located in the Biei’s scenic beauty, this man made pond is meant to appeal to the eyes but is not meant to swim in.
Pigeon Has Nature as its Make-Up Artists
Did someone just dye this pigeon or painted it? The beauty of the transition from one color to another is done perfectly. Could this just be a photoshopped image, or is there something that we are forgetting?
This is no photoshopped image; in fact, this is very real. This bird is called the Nicobar pigeon and is found in the coastal regions and small islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Word has it that it is also possible the closed living relative of the Rodrigues solitaire and Dodo.
Crystal Clear River– Can it Get Any More Beautiful?
Imagine soaking yourself in the river after a long hard week. Sounds magical, right? Now imagine that the ice water is so clear that you can see the amazing rock formations present inside, giving it an enchanting look. This beautiful river Valle Verzasca is situated in Switzerland, and it’s a famous spot for swimming.
The icy cold water is a beloved spot for sunbathing on hot summer days. Also, there are many small pools created within the river with tiny rock formations that are safe enough for even kids to take a dip.
Long Hair Don’t Care
Remember Rapunzel and her thick long hair that was seventy feet long? Yes, there is a real-life version of that Disney fairy-tale; only the protagonist is a guy. The guy in the picture has roughly five feet long hair that has been uncut for over nine years.
Isn’t it amazing how beautiful and gorgeous and well-maintained his hair are? Are you too wondering how long it would take him to shampoo his hair?
A Well-Lit Night or a Sunny Afternoon?
Could it be that you’re looking at a painter’s imagination of the beauty of night and day under one roof? Whatever it is, this is something that is really beautiful and truly speaks volumes about how perfectly the vibrant colors get together.
FYI, this is not a painting and neither is it photoshopped. It is a real image of a place that is located in the South African country called Namibia and is called Deadvlei. The tree in this image is said to be 900 years old and is called the Camelthorn tree.
Explosion or Illusion?
The picture looks breathtakingly beautiful—a stunning reminder of what nature can create. What looks like a heart-breaking sight of manmade disaster is actually a relishing sight of nature picking up a paintbrush.
This phenomenon is called a thunderhead cloud. The spell-binding sight that you can see is created by sun rays falling through the cloud. Isn’t it amazing how nature can create splendid spectacles for us to adore?
Can Animals Have Moustache Like Humans?
While spotting whiskers on animals is quite common, watching a full-grown mustache on a puppy can be every bit surprising. And before you wonder if it’s some make-believe mustache put on a puppy for the sake of aesthetics, let us tell you that this mustache is 100% genuine.
The puppy in the frame is Salvador Dolly at five weeks old, who grew famous because of her handlebar mustache. If there weren’t already 1000 reasons to adore puppies, here’s one more. Wouldn’t you want to just take her home with you?
Like a Beautiful Blanket of Stars
Have you ever dreamt about catching stars and holding them in your hands as a kid? What if someone tells you there is a way for you to live out your childhood fantasy? What looks like a blanket of stars covering water is actually Phytoplankton glowing on the Maldives beach.
If you are even remotely active on social media, then this phenomenon might not come as a surprise to you, but it is still worth pausing for a minute to marvel at this nature’s wonder.
Angles Can Create Some Amazing Illusion
It is amazing how we can completely change the perspective of things by just changing the angles of capturing it. In this amazing example of illusion created by angles and shadows, we have this photo where we can see a boat floating in the air.
Right camera angle, crystal clear water where we can see the shadow formed, and right timings worked out in perfect harmony to create this picture.
The Sun in 81 Megapixel Shot
Well, we can’t stare at the sun with our naked eyes, but what if you can marvel at the details of the sun without hurting your eyes? This 81 megapixel shot of the sun lets you adore the star that is sustaining life as we know it.
The photo shows us the gorgeous surface texture of the sun and the activity in incredible detail—fun fact: This shot is actually a combination of 3000 images put together using special software.
Chasing Criminals Just Got More Interesting
If you are a crime thriller or superhero movie buff – then you know nothing is more exciting than the chase part. Especially the cool vehicles that the police or hero uses to chase the criminal. The world is in love with James Bond’s car.
However, in reality, what we see are normal police cars, albeit highly functional chasing criminals. But in Venice, much like some fantasy superhero movie, police get around in jet skis. It would be super cool to watch police chasing criminals, don’t you think?
Pen Tip or Galaxy Who Can Tell?
In another episode of putting tiny things under a microscope – we have this tiny ballpoint pen under the microscope lens. Who could have guessed that our ordinary ballpoint pen can look like a galaxy filled with stars with hints of the Milky Way?
It’s funny how you can find something extraordinary in ordinary things if you look closely. A key takeaway from this picture is that when you feel that your life is mundane or boring, look closely; you might just find something to be happy about.
World’s Largest Natural Mirror
Do you want to feel like you are walking on the clouds? Then visiting Bolivia should be top on your travel bucket list. What you see in the picture is a Salar De Uyuni – the world’s largest salt flat.
This picture shows a cloudy day, and the salt flat showing the reflection of those clouds. Walking over here will make you feel like you are stepping on clouds. To add to the magical experience, you can also spot pink flamingos and rare hummingbirds.
Real-Life Version of the Animated Movie ‘UP’
Imagine walking down your lane and suddenly seeing a floating house; you would probably rub your eyes or pinch yourself to make sure you are actually seeing what you think you are seeing.
With the help of scientists, engineers and balloon pilots, and the people at Natural Geographic Channel, this feat was made possible. Do you think you would be brave enough to step into the floating house?
The Enchanting Mangrove Forest
Formed by the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra, and Meghna, the Sundarbans is truly a captivating destination. The painting-like picture of a boat sailing through the water of Sundarbans feels otherworldly.
This mangrove forest is also home to some of the most beautiful and endangered species of flora and fauna like the royal Bengal tiger, Panthers and more. If you are already packing your bags to this destination, we don’t blame you.
Paint or Picture, Can You Tell?
If someone just showed you this photo without any context, you are likely to think that it’s a picture-perfect painting done by some legendary artist. Who can guess this enchanting place with ochre sand dunes in the back, grey sand, and lifeless trees is not some melancholy imagination but exists in reality?
This magical sand dune is situated in the Namib Desert in Namibia. These sand dunes are also known as star dunes because of the shape formed when wind approaches from all directions.
Owl in the Mug
Sometimes accidents create art that otherwise won’t be possible or imaginable. Who would have thought that coffee in a mug would resemble an owl? But one guy, not sure if accidentally or on purpose, dropped a pair of Hula Hoops in the coffee.
The resulting outcome was what you see in the picture. Do you feel that the owl has a wisdom-filled vibe that could solve all your problems in a blink?