Underwater Photographs by Alexander Safonov

MJz2KHong Kong-based photographer Alexander Safonov shoots incredible underwater photographs showing scenes teeming with marine life.

3um8tWhat is the sardine run all about? It is huge school of sardines, some estimate 15 km long, migrating along the Wild Coast every year at winter for the reasons not completely understood by science yet. The school usually stays pretty deep, in the 40-60m range.Dolphins are responsible for separating small portions of these gigantic schools into smaller ones called bait balls and pushing them to the shallow water where they are more comfortable with hunting. Various species of sharks take advantage of this opportunity presented to them by dolphins, since it is believed that moving pattern and density of big school disorients them, making feeding on the big school difficult — this is one of the reasons why bait fish always instinctively groups together then threatened.Birds, usually covering big distances in the search of solitary fish in shallow water arrive in huge flocks and take advantage of these generous opportunities too. Game fish, like tuna and sailfish join this frenzy. Ultimately there are bryde’s whales, capable of feeding on sardines, too. Result is unique hunting collaboration and feeding competition between different species, which is not only one of the most spectacular natural events on the planet but also puzzle box full of unanswered questions for the science.

More of Safonov’s work on his blog, his Flickr, and his 500px.


6 thoughts on “Underwater Photographs by Alexander Safonov

  1. …pe una che adora il mare…questo post me lo dedico!!!
    bellissimo…che altro dire??? sarebbe troppo banale.

    Tantissimi auguri …un sereno Natale e un anno nuovo pieno di gioia…
    grazie dell’amicizia e di tutto l’amore che metti nel tuo lavoro.

    A presto…ci rileggiamo ad anno nuovo 🙂

  2. Splendide! Davvero splendide!!! Adoro il mondo subacqueo e queste foto sono davvero da ammirare. Grazie per averle condivise!!!

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