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Diver Captures Rare Footage Of A Sea Angel Swimming Under The Ice

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As a Marine biologist that specializes in invertebrates, Alexander Semenov is no stranger to unusual sea creatures. He also happens to be the head of the divers’ team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station, so he often finds himself diving in difficult conditions.

Along with that impressive list of titles, he also happens to be a professional photographer with nine years of experience. His primary interest is in scientific macrophotography in natural environments. “This practice makes it possible to observe animals that cannot be properly studied under laboratory conditions, such as soft-bodied planktonic organisms or stationary life forms living on the seafloor,” the diver explained on his Flickr profile. “My personal goal is to study underwater life through camera lenses and to boost people’s interest in marine biology. I do this by sharing all my findings through social media and in real life, through public lectures, movies, exhibitions, and various media events.”

In the video clip that you see below, Semenov is showing all of us just what the ocean has to offer. The video was taken when he was diving under the ice in the White Sea in Russia. A creature, known as a Sea Angel was recorded. It’s a tiny slug, but it is absolutely beautiful. Check it out in this video:

A popular science project, known as Aquatilis has also been created by Semenov and his team. He said: “The aim of the project is finding, studying, and photographing the most interesting and unusual denizens of the ocean.” They do more than photographing animals and telling people about what lies under the sea, they also are science ambassadors who talk about exploring the ice in the frozen North and how to stay enthusiastic and open during the process.

It was Jacques Yves Cousteau who inspired him and his teammates, as well as the books of Jules Verne and Thor Heyerdahl. Semenov now says that a new generation of explorers should step up to the plate to tell their adventures to their children.

Incredibly beautiful Sea angels (Clione limacina) almost disappeared from the sea. Yesterday I met one under the thermocline far away from the station and probably it was the last one. Next year, they will appear in thousands again in March, and for us, there will be another chance to finally shoot their mating, egg cocoons and hunting for Sea butterflies in all details and slow-mo. We almost succeeded this year, but no, “almost” means “no”) Anyway, there are always tons of nice photos and footage, because Sea angels are cool even if they just swim and do nothing near the pier.
Shot with Nikon D850 / Zeiss Milvus macro 50mm f2 / Subal underwater housing

Semenov is the head of the divers’ team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station. He is often found diving under the harshest of conditions.

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After a month of pretty heavy and exhausting dives without much success, we finally started to get everything we need. Several square kilometres of thick sea ice broke right before our eyes, so now we have enough light for everything, all the animals appeared, and even the water became clearer. All that we expected at the beginning of March, began only now. It is, of course, cool, a little unexpected and in perfect time. We just remembered how to swim in good trim and keep the camera straight, and mastered tracking AF on GH5 with a new firmware. In just a few days, more good shots were taken than in the entire last year’s expedition. There are still two weeks in front of us, we hope that Sea angels will mate like mad, and we will shoot all this in detail on a beautiful background of floating ice.
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Semenov gave an interview with EIZO, saying: “Even the most modern cameras go crazy – white balance and colors are always shifted, some colors in the spectrum just disappear because of light absorption by the seawater. That’s why it’s almost impossible to get a good image without proper editing (sometimes, really heavy editing). The main goal is to get not only proper colors but to make your picture shine and look natural, without over-editing – that’s what every wildlife photographer wants. As a final result, all these images will be in the books, exhibitions, galleries, and magazines, so you need to be sure that your pictures look great not only on the screen but as physical prints too.”

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He has been a professional underwater photographer for almost a decade.

internet connection at the White sea station. This is so weird in the 21st century to work like this when you have a powerful workstation, great cameras and lenses, but you need 10 min just to check your email or one+ week to upload something to Dropbox. A perfect way to train zen or to go completely mad if you really need something:)

Cyeanea capillata from the White Sea. Shot with Nikon D810 / Zeiss Milvus 50mm macro / Subal underwater housing.
This weird dragon with dog head is actually a polychaete worm Chaetopterus from the Sea of Japan. They live in tubes and never go out, but have an ability to glow in the dark. But they do it inside the tubes! The purpose of this bioluminescent skill is still a mystery.

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