It's hard to believe these are photographs of real creatures - they look like computer-generated aliens or imagined constellations. But the pics, taken by marine biologist Alexander Semenov, are all real, and you can read about some of the sea creatures they depict on his blog.
Semenov works at White Sea Biological Station (WSBS), an isolated settlement on the Karelian coast of the White Sea , where he studies the northern marine environment and writes about the beauty of sea creatures for his blog and for scientific papers. He says he is "not a scientist in the modern meaning, I'm more a naturalist, like Linnaeus in the 18th century. I study all marine life and try to illustrate it and show it to all people who are interested in environmental sciences and nature at all".
Check out some of his amazing photographs below:
Semenov with one of his subjects (photo by Val Darkin)
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