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Photographer Finds Unusual Creatures in the Depths of Oceans


It’s often said that we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the depths of our oceans. These astonishing photos by underwater photographer Alexander Semenov show just how crazy and weird things get beneath the waves.

Semenov is no stranger to the most mysterious parts of our planet. As head of the dive team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station, he has had some incredible opportunities to capture images of the bizarre creatures stalking our oceans.

Leucothea multicornis
Cyanea capillata

“My key specialism is scientific macrophotography in natural environments,” says Semenov. “This practice makes it possible to observe animals that cannot be properly studied under laboratory conditions, such as soft-bodied planktonic organisms or stationary life forms living on the sea floor.

“My personal goal is to study underwater life through camera lenses and to boost people’s interest in marine biology.”

Maldives reef
Cyanea capillata
Mediterranean hyperiid

Semenov’s images do just that. They bring light to the animals most people will never see or experience in their entire lives.

With incredibly captivating images like these, it is no surprise that Semenov has collaborated with organisations such as National Geographic and the BBC.

Parts of Leucothea
Flatfish larvae
Pelagia noctiluca feeding on Salp
Cyanea capillata
Pegea confoederata

Semenov sums up his passion nicely: “I love what I do, and I love the sea.”

Pegea confoederata

You can see more of Alexander Semenov’s work on Flickr and Facebook.

(via Alexander Semenov via Colossal)

Image credits: Photographs by Alexander Semenov and used with permission