Celebrating World Oceans Day: View the Maldives from Above

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Happy World Oceans Day, Yahoo Travel readers!

Since 2008, June 8th has been recognized around the world as a day to take some time out to celebrate and honor the 71 percent of the earth that is covered in ocean. 

You can learn more about how to join in projects around the globe here.

Right now, I may be in the perfect location to celebrate World Oceans Day — the Maldives, a country that could literally be swallowed by the ocean within our lifetime.

How? Global warming is melting the sea ice and the ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic, causing sea levels to rise. The Maldives, the world’s lowest lying nation, consists of over 1,100 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. On average the islands are are only 1.3 meters above sea level. A rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the islands completely.

I had a pretty special World Oceans Day today when I hopped onboard a seaplane to see these islands in all of their aquatic glory.

Take a look at what I saw:

All photos by Jo Piazza