Alexander Semenov, head of the scientific divers team of the White Sea Biological Station in Russia, captured these stunning photos of underwater creatures. The White Sea is a southern inlet of the Barents Sea, located on the northwestern coast of Russia, hosting more than 700 species of invertebrates, about 60 species of fish and 5 species of marine mammals.
“Most people think that pretty, colorful animals can not live in the cold dark waters of the northern seas beyond the Polar Circle,” writes Semenov on his website. “This is almost true; there are no coral reefs, nor colored fish. However, the White Sea has its own truly amazing, colorful creatures.”
Photo credit: Alexander Semenov