25 Spectacular Underwater Images

Posted by on September 10, 2012

Underwater photography has come a long way over the course of the last century. Ever since the first barely recognizable submerged photographs were captured in the late 1800s the problems of lighting and color have for the most part been solved by rapid advances in photographic technology. These days divers will literally go to great depths in order to capture some of the rarest sights on the planet and as a result we are able to bring you 25 spectacular underwater images.

25

Octopus, Italy

Octopus with Mt. Vesuvius in the background

Photo – Pasquale Vassallo

It’s not every day that you get to see an octopus with the snow covered peak of Mt. Vesuvius in the background.

24

Orange Scalefin Anthias, Fiji

Orange Scalefin Anthias and Pink Soft Coral near Fiji

Photo – Bill Lamp’l

These Orange Scalefin Anthias encircling an outcropping of pink soft coral were photographed in Fiji’s Bligh Water.

23

Translucent Goby Fish, Egypt

Translucent Goby Fish

Photo – Tobias Friedrich

Two tiny gobies, neither of which is any bigger than an inch in the water near Marsa Alam, Egypt

22

Baby Sperm Whale, Dominica

Baby Sperm Whale

Photo – Douglas A. Kahle

While diving near the island of Dominica in the Caribbean, photographer Douglas Kahle managed to catch this baby sperm whale.

21

Whale Shark, Djibouti

Whale Shark near Djibouti

Photo – Thomas P. Peschak

Every winter young whale sharks come congregate in the waters just off the coast of Djibouti. When fully grown they are the planet’s largest fish and can easily weigh more than an elaphant.


20

Stellar Sea Lions, British Columbia

Stellar Sea Lions near British Colombia

Photo – Thomas P. Peschak

Ever since the 70′s when they became legally protected the population of Stellar Sea Lions off the British Columbian coast has almost tripled.

19

Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada

Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada

Photo – Jason deCaires Taylor

The overgrown and tranquil statues of an underwater sculpture park near Grenada in the West Indies.

18

Green Anemone, Vancouver Island

Green Anemone, Vancouver Island

Photo – Jens Troeger

Diving Brown Passage, just off the coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is home to an amazing abundance of life residing beneath the choppy waves of the Northern Pacific, one species of which would include this green anenome.

17

Elephant, Andaman Islands

Mahout (elephant driver) taking his elephant for a swim

Photo – Cesare Naldi

A mahout (elephant driver) poses for a photograph while taking his elephant out for a swim on Radha Nagar Beach in the Andaman Islands

16

Green Sea Turtle, Hawaii

Green Sea Turtle, Hawaii

Photo – Lorenzo Menendez

A Hawaiian green sea turtle swims just beneath the waves off the coast of Hawaii.

15

Manatee, Florida

Manatee, Florida

Photo – Brian Skerry

A manatee swimming in the freshwater of Crystal River, Florida. They continue to be threatened by a number of factors including boats, toxins, and loss of habitat.

14

Yellownose Gobies, Dutch Caribbean

Yellownose Gobies, Dutch Caribbean

photo – Todd Mintz

Two Yellonose gobies, one floating upside down, poke their heads out of a crevice in the Dutch Caribbean.

13

Bushman, Botswana

Bushman, Botswana

Photo – David Doubilet

A bushman in a canoe is highlighted against the sky in this photograph taken from the bottom of the Oskavango River in Botswana. Whenever this river floods an alluvial fan of about 10,000 square miles is created.

12

Parrotfish, Great Barrier Reef

Parrotfish, Great Barrier Reef

Photo – David Doubilet

A closeup of this parrotfish just off of the Australian coast reveals a toothy grin used to scrape algae from the coral.

11

Jawfish, Florida

Jawfish, Florida

Photo – Steven Kovacs

A jawfish near Riviera Beach in Florida proudly displays the eggs he will continue to hold in his mouth until it comes time for them to hatch.

10

Sea Pens, New Zealand

Sea Pens, New Zealand

Photo – Brian Skerry

Usually found deep in the abyss, these soft corals known as sea pens were photographed, along with a blue cod, in the shallow water of Long Sound Reserve off the coast of New Zealand. The darkness is actually due to tannin in the water blocking out sunlight.

9

Sunken Ship, Key Largo

Sunken Ship, Key Largo

Photo – David Doubilet

The bridge of US Coast Guard Cutter Duane is covered with luminous corals and frequented by both divers and schools of small mouth grunts.

8

Sea Stars, British Columbia

Purple Sea Stars, British Columbia

Photo – Thomas P. Peschak

Purple sea stars and bright green eel grass are a common sight in the waters off the coast of British Columbia.

7

Moray Eel, Japan

Moray Eel, Japan

Photo – Brian Skerry

In the cool water of Suruga Bay, about 70 miles southwest of Tokyo, a moray eel finds its way through some coral.

6

Manta Ray, Maldives

Manta Ray, Maldives

Photo – Michel Braunstein

Every year a combination of lunar tides and monsoons force a large number of plankton and krill into the bays that the surround the Maldives. This generates a feeding frenzy among larger critters like these Manta Rays.

5

Lemon Shark, Bahamas

Lemon Shark, Bahamas

Photo – Brian Skerry

The Bahamas consists of over 700 islands which makes for a large number of mangroves. These are perfect habitats for a wide variety of species like this lemon shark pup

4

Clown Anemonefish, Indonesia

Clown Anemonefish, Indonesia

Photo – Tim Laman

Two clownfish rest in the tentacles of some sea anemone near the Tukangbesi Islands of Indonesia. These clear waters have managed to encourage the development of vibrant colors among their inhabitants.

3

Mosaic Jellyfish, Australia

Mosaic Jellyfish, Australia

Photo – Melissa Fiene

This mosaic jellyfish was photographed floating in the waters of the Coral Sea about 100 miles from the Australian shoreline. A jellyfish’s body consists of about 95% water.

2

Penguins, Antarctica

Penguins, Antarctica

Photo – Maria Stenzel

Penguins are caught surfacing to breathe at an air hole near Antarctica by a remote underwater camera.

1

Sharks, Bahamas

Sharks, Bahamas

Photo – Wilfried Niedermayr

In the blue waters surrounding the Bahamian islands you are sure to find a number of shark species as you’ve already seen previously on this list.

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