"Mar" is sometimes treated as a feminine noun, particularly in poetic or literary contexts, as well as in set phrases such as "alta mar" ("high seas").
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in the sea
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
a. en el mar
There are thousands of species of fish in the sea.Hay miles de especies de peces en el mar.
b. en la mar
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
In the sea, you will find your heart.En la mar, encontrarás tu corazón.
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