Image: Alexander Semenov
Acanthonotozoma inflatum: An amphipod crustacean with 14 limbs
It is silent, disturbingly silent, in the dark depths of Russia’s White Sea. Only photographer Alexander Semenov’s diving gear creates a steady noise as a stream of bubbles floats upwards to the surface. Suddenly, a strange and bright red creature comes zooming in front of his lens, lending credence to its name, Red Bull ( Acanthonotozoma inflatum). Luckily, this creature is miniscule by comparison with its terrestrial namesake, or else Semenov might have been in serious trouble! Let’s take a look at some the strangest creatures this intrepid photographer has encountered underwater.