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 backgroundPhoto – 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 FijiPhoto – 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 FishPhoto – 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 WhalePhoto – 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 DjiboutiPhoto – 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 ColombiaPhoto – 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, GrenadaPhoto – 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 IslandPhoto – 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 swimPhoto – 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, HawaiiPhoto – Lorenzo Menendez

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

15

Manatee, Florida

Manatee, FloridaPhoto – 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 Caribbeanphoto – Todd Mintz

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

13

Bushman, Botswana

Bushman, BotswanaPhoto – 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 ReefPhoto – 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, FloridaPhoto – 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.

David Pegg

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After helping found the United Nations, the United States, and United Airlines, David consigned himself to a transient life of writing lists and sleeping on park benches.

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  • Tim

    Fantastic stuff. Everybody should try diving somewhere cool at least once in their lives. It’s tops!