Beautiful Monsters from the White Sea

I guess it’s safe to say that I just can’t get enough of underwater photography…

Underwater experiments: Beautiful monsters from the White Sea by Alexander Semenov
This is only small part of my underwater work at the White Sea Biological Station. When I went underwater for the first time I was absolutely shocked. White Sea showed me another world with it’s own aliens, and some of them were really amazing creatures. And… here they are:

Lion’s mane jellyfish Cyanea capillata

Moon jellyfish Aurelia aurita

Cyanea capillata. It’s maximum size is 2m bell diameter with 35m tentacles.

Jellyfish parasite Hyperia galba

Hyperia galba inside Cyanea capillata

Hyperia galba inside Aurelia aurita

Comb jelly Bolinopsis infundibuliformis

Comb jelly Beroe cucumis

1cm hydromedusae Aglantha digitale

Sea butterflies Limacina helicina. They are food for Sea angels.

Pteropod mollusk Sea angel or Clione limacina hunting

Sea angel common view…

…and his hunter form

Silent predator, hydrozoan Tubularia indivisa

Hydrozoan colony of Ectopleura larynx (Tubularia larymx)

Red Bull. Amphipoda Acanthonotozoma inflatum.

White knight. Amphipoda Acanthonotozoma cristatum.

Sitting jellyfish Lucernaria bathyphila

Unknown specimen of Lucernaria

Chitons Tonicella marmorea

Plumose anemone Metridium senile

Metridium senile from the top

Sea slug (Nudibranchia) Coryphella verrucosa

Sea slug Coryphella polaris

Sea slug Aeolidia papillosa

Very rare translucent form of Dendronotus frondosus sea slug

Skeleton shrimp Caprella septentrionalis

Nereis virens head (Polychaeta)

More of Alexander’s work can be found @


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