Nana Trongratanawong surrounded by millions of golden jellyfish during a freedive at Jellyfish Lake – Palau. Website: http://www.nanagonana.com
Alexander Semenov is the head of the scientific divers team at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) in Russia. He’s also a prolific undersea photographer that has graciously shared his incredible work online on countless sites (Flickr, Behance, LiveJournal, 500px) so others may study and marvel at the beauty of the underwater world. Graduating from Lomonosov’s Moscow State University in the department of Zoology, Alexander specialized in the study of invertebrate animals. While his career has led him around the world, many of the shots in his portfolio are from his work at the WSBS which is located near the Polar Circle on the coast of Kandalaksha Bay of the White Sea.
Hengki Koentjoro is a talented Indonesian photographer that knows how to communicate the incredible natural beauty of his country. These black and white underwater photographs give traditional underwater photography an even more poetic dimension. More about him here and here.
In his collection of underwater portraits entitled Blackwater Joshua Lambus captures each luminous body as it glows brightly against a dark black background. The adventurous photographer does all of the work, diving deep into the sea to find these exciting and unusual creatures. Viewers are later invited to get to know each magnificent detail while remaining on dry land.
Hong Kong-based photographer Alexander Safonov shoots incredible underwater photographs showing scenes teeming with marine life.
What 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.
“There’s something intractable about these two elements. Is the beauty locked in that isolated moment of total immersion?
It might be explained in a type of Jungian pre-birth stillness. Water for me is etched in memory as a long African afternoon spent in the deep-end of our garden pool. A dreamy weightlessness surrounded by color and light. The leopard-patterned sun steaks on your back, and the thirsty selfishness that begs you to stay submerged.” Andrew Brauteseth
Another great set of picture by Andrew Brauteseth here.