A new book - 'The Sea: a photographic celebration of the first wonder of the world' - explores the seas and oceans of the world. As the book's introduction says: "It is no coincidence that so many of the world's creation myths involve water. Out of this apparent void, all else is born. Not surprising, then, that the sea holds such a primeval fascination. We are, in so many ways, made of water."
Lifeboat in a storm off Ouessant Island, Finistère, with Le Créac'h lighthouse in the distance. Brittany, France
'The Sea' showcases some of the most stunning images of our oceans, at one minute wild and terrifying and the next gentle and calming. It has been compiled by Bluegreen Pictures, and features images from some of the world's best marine photographers. 'The Sea' (RRP £30) is out now and available from www.acblack.com.
Three-masted schooner "Shenandoah" sailing along the north-west barrier reef of Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Sunrise on the coast near Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England
Chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica), South Georgia Island
Aerial view of Exuma, part of the chain of 365 islands that form the Bahamas
Aerial view of Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) flock in flight, Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain
Blue and gold fusilier (Caesio teres), Phil's Reef, Tufi, Papua New Guinea
Aerial view of marshes with seaweed exposed at low tide, Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain
Juvenile guard crab (Trapezia sp.) on a cushion starfish (Culcita novaeguineae), Hawaii
Waves crashing around Tevennec lighthouse in the Sein channel, Finistère, Brittany, France
The Sea: a photographic celebration of the first wonder of the world - Telegraph