Marine World Heritage Photo Gallery

Marine World Heritage is a prestigious list of 43 marine ecosystems and biodiversity treasures from across the globe, including  countries such as Australia, Iceland, Russia, South Africa, the Phillippines, United States, and Yemen. Together, they can be considered the “Crown Jewels of our Ocean” and are recognized for their outstanding beauty, exceptional biodiversity, or unique ecological, biological, or geological processes.

In this slideshow, explore the beauty of all 43 Marine World Heritage sites and some of the magnificent marine life within them. Visit the Ocean Portal's Marine World Heritage page to see video, maps, links, and information on how to explore the sites using Google Ocean.

The Gulf of Porto: Calanche of Piana, Gulf of Girolata, Scandola Reserve  site in France was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983. The  site's vegetation is an outstanding example of scrubland. Seagulls,  cormorants, and sea eagles can be found here, while the clear waters,  with their islets and inaccessible caves, host a rich and diverse marine  life.A gray seal on the shores of Surtsey, Iceland.A crocodile sits in water at Sundarbans National Park in India. A hawksbill turtle in the waters of the Seychelles.