20 Freakish Creatures from the Depths of Russia’s White Sea



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.


Image: Alexander Semenov

Clione limacina

Clione limacina is a sea angel, a type of sea slug. It’s commonly known as the naked sea butterfly, and looking at it you can definitely see why. Like other sea angels, it has wing-like appendages and is shell-less. In this image, the Clione has an almost prayer-like stance, and its upturned ‘wings’ make its name seem apt indeed. It’s easy to see why sea angels are some of photographer Semenov’s favorite deep-sea creatures (also featured previously on Environmental Graffiti).

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