Concealed beneath churning ocean waves is a globe teeming with unidentified creatures. In the waters off Madeira in the North Atlantic Ocean, fluorescent lizardfish gentle up the darkish sea. Off the Scottish coastline, an hour’s push east of Edinburgh, thumbnail-sized prolonged-clawed porcelain crabs delicately scuttle along a muted, yellow coral nicknamed useless man’s fingers. Swimming along California’s shifting tides are the deep drinking water plainfin midshipman fish that vacation from the ocean depths to the rocky shorelines in which males “hum” to bring in a mate. (Their humming, which men and women can listen to from shore, even prompted “generator-like” sound issues in Sausalito, California.) Earth’s oceans are complete of such creatures, and many thanks to some daring photographers who are not worried to get a minor damp, we can all catch a glimpse of these underwater miracles.
Plunging into chilly waters isn’t the only detail that will make capturing these aquatic animals hard. U.K.-primarily based photographer James Lynott experienced to swim at night time with a water-resistant LED blue mild and a major underwater digicam to come across and photograph a glow-in-the-dim lizardfish. In Indonesia’s northern Lembeh Strait, photographer Katarzyna Battenfeld thoroughly searched for a colorful Coleman’s shrimp scurrying close to the venomous fire urchins that the crustaceans phone residence. As Battenfeld place it, “there is a great deal of luck concerned.”
Recognizing the endurance, operate, and luck it takes to seize a spectacular underwater image, British underwater photographers Peter Rowlands, Dan Bolt, and Alex Mustard introduced the “Underwater Photographer of the Calendar year” competitors in 2014/2015. The competition awards numerous winners each year in many categories, these as shipwreck photographs, portraits, black and white pictures, and a lot more. From stunning pink coral-scapes to mating coconut octopuses, Atlas Obscura picked some of our beloved visuals from this year’s finalists and winners: Welcome to the great environment beneath the ocean’s waves.
From afar, the dancers of Syzokryli seem like dolls with floral halos—vinki—around their heads. Up close, their faces inform a diverse, fiercer story. Nowadays the ladies of this Ukrainian dance business have occur with each other to complete at a tiny studio a couple blocks from Union Sq.. The modest […]