Alexander Semenov Continues to Photograph the Earth’s Most Fragile Marine Wildlife Near the Arctic Circle

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Eutonina indicans / © Alexander Semenov

For the last several years, marine photographer Alexander Semenov (previously) has lead the divers team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station located just south of the Artic Circle. Semenov directs scientific dives in extremely cold and harsh conditions to document sea creatures seldom seen anywhere else on Earth. From giant jellyfish to the tiniest of unknown sea worms, the photographer captures almost all of the creatures you see here out in the wild, without the convenience of a laboratory or studio.

It’s estimated that nearly 80% of all aquatic life in the world’s oceans has yet to be studied or even discovered. In response to this potentially vast world of unknown lifeforms, coupled with Semenov’s unceasing interest in marine biology, an ambitious trek across the world’s oceans has been planned for 2016. The Aquatilis Expedition is a proposed journey that will take a team of divers, scientists, and videographers to locations around the globe for the purposes of identifying new species, an odyssey on par with the advertures of Jacques Cousteau.

Many of Semenov’s best photos are available as prints, and he shares regular updates on both Facebook and Flickr.

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Cyanea rainbow / © Alexander Semenov

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Syllidae from the Sea of Okhotsk / © Alexander Semenov

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Cestum veneris, Italy / © Alexander Semenov

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Beroe cucumis / © Alexander Semenov

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Cyanea nude / © Alexander Semenov

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Clione limacina / © Alexander Semenov

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Sarsia tubulosa attacked by Cyanea capillata / © Alexander Semenov

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Swimming file clam, Australia / © Alexander Semenov

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Aglantha digitale / © Alexander Semenov

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