Extraordinary photos of Arctic underwater life

Alitta virens. (c) Alexander SemenovMany people know the Arctic as the home of fuzzy white polar bears, smiling beluga whales, and mythical-looking narwhals.

Yet through his underwater photography, Russian marine biologist Alexander Semenov is trying to publicize the more unknown creatures of the White Sea, located off the coast of northwestern Russia near the Kola Peninsula.

Massive scyphozoan jellies, monstrous Atlantic wolffish, and many-legged annelid worms are some of his subjects.

Semenov, who takes the photos during his underwater dives, says, “I’m trying to bring these hidden worlds to the masses and it’s much easier to do with internet.” Wired has the full story, and you can also check out the photos on his website.

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Mia Bennett

Mia Bennett is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and School of Modern Languages & Cultures (China Studies Programme) at the University of Hong Kong. Through fieldwork and remote sensing, she researches the politics of infrastructure development in frontier spaces, namely the Arctic and areas included within China's Belt and Road Initiative. Read Mia Bennett's articles

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