Photographer and scientific diver Alexander Semenov takes beautiful underwater images.
His close-ups show the intricate detailing of the world’s hidden creatures, from the White Sea to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
1. There are shapes and colors you wouldn’t even imagine in such a murky place.
Cyanea capillata (aka hair of death)
Gorgonocephalus arcticus (aka you dropped your spaghetti on the ocean floor)
Urticina felina and sea urchin Trongylocentrotus pallidus (aka Aaahh!!! Real Monsters!)
12. You might recognize some old friends.
Enteroctopus dofleini (aka octopus)
16. And jump at the creepy crawlers. (Fair warning: If you don’t like real-life nightmares, scroll really fast for a second.)
Nymphon long legs (aka walking nightmare)
21. Mythical little creatures putter about.
Coryphella verrucosa (aka adorable slug)
Palio dubia (aka slug too cute for even Timon and Pumbaa to eat)
25. Some aren’t pleased about the interruption.
Myoxocephalus scorpius (aka Grumpy Gus)
28. Some look like bouquets that are pretty enough to pick (but shouldn’t because, ow!).
Crossaster (aka sunburst!)
Lucernaria species (aka fiber optic toy you bought at a fireworks show)
32. The others we’ll just pretend are really in space.
Aurelia aurita (aka Grandma’s lampshade)
Close-up of Aurelia aurita tentacles (aka Grandma’s glasses chains)
Bougainvillia superciliaris with Hyperia galba (aka friends forever)
Mmm, space dinner!
Cyanea capillata feeding on Aurelia aurita (aka WHAT IS HAPPENING)
Homo sapiens (aka Alexander Semenov)