The winning photographs from this year’s British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP) DIVER competition give viewers a unique perspective on some of their favorite sea creatures. From a quirky, curious grey seal to an incredible fireworks anemone (scientific name Pachycerianthus multiplicatus), this year’s photos will wow you. Here are the underwater photography competition’s top images from all four major categories.
Red tides, which often contain harmful algal blooms (HABs), are caused by chemical reactions that occur between algae and other substances. Red by day, blue by night, this colorful ocean phenomenon is…
Bizarre Ocean Creatures: The Hatchetfish
Given the extreme depths to which scientists must go to find these frightful–and tiny–fish, little is known about the hatchetfish. A prime source of worldwide model envy, the morose-looking creatures derive their name from how razor-thin they are, no extreme dieting required.
Anatomically speaking, the hatchetfish’s silver-colored thorax resembles a hatchet’s blade. Its name is somewhat deceiving, though; measuring a mere one to five inches in length, the hatchetfish is hardly imposing, let alone deadly. It’s just, well, pretty terrifying to look at.
The marine hatchetfish is endowed with bioluminescent properties, which allow it to evade predators lurking in the depths below. If you absolutely must see one for yourself, you’ll need to slip on your scuba gear and head to the Pacific, Indian or Atlantic Oceans and swim at least 50 meters below the oceans’ surface, as that’s where the hatchetfish calls home.
Shot with a RED One camera and Nikon lenses, the stunning sights featured in this video are from Maldives, Alaska, California, Cocos Island Costa Rica and Mexico.
The first settlements in Fiji were started by voyaging traders and settlers from the west about 5000 years ago, and today some of its finest voyagers do so via surfboards.