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 @ http://clione.ru/
Found this on Deviant Art, it screams, “write a story about me!”
The Japan Sea bestiary
The Japan sea is the true pearl among all Russian seas. It’s northern and tropical at the same time and that mix makes the Japan sea absolutely unique. Underwater life here feels like a boiling pit full of invertebrates – so many different creatures are moving around you every minute. Also here lives real-world aliens – cephalopods. I never was as emotional as when I saw 6 meters long octopus… It’s amazing. The Japan sea is wonderful place for diving, you need decades to see all the living stuff here.
Images and story taken from http://www.behance.net/gallery/Octopus-Kingdom/2583157
I know this footage is from 2006, but it’s still amazing to see.