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from the Guardian

2014 Wildlife photographer of the Year

Underwater Species finalist Little squid by Fabien Michenet (France)


Census of Marine Life images

Megaleledone setebos, a shallow-water circum-Antarctic species from the Southern Ocean. It is the closest living relative to deep-sea octopuses. The specimen shown is a juvenile; adults reach a total length of nearly 1m.

from Paperblog

Les animaux albinos

Albino Octopus: A new species discovered near hydrothermal vents on the Antarctic Sea floor, an area lacking sunlight, but rich in minerals. #Octopus #Antarctica #Albino_Octopus

from Mail Online

British scientists find 'lost world' of unknown species 8,000 feet down on Antarctic sea bed - kept alive by undersea volcanoes

Octopus's garden: The team found what they believe is a completely new species of the creature in the ocean's depths


Meet the Piglet squid. This squid has always got a smile on its face! The skin pigmentation of this little deep water squid gives it a huge grin, while the tentacles seem to form a mass of curly 'hair', combining to give it an almost cartoon appearance.


Nudibranchs are shell-less marine molluscs that live in seas around the world. They have external gills (frond-like) that give the nudibranch its name, meaning naked gills. Photographed off Indonesia.


Tremoctopus The Magnificently Bizarre Blanket Octopus Lazer Horse


PURPLE-STRIPED JELLY (Chrysaora colorata, formerly Pelagia colorata): (Juvenile) a species of jellyfish that exists primarily off the coast of California in Monterey Bay. The bell (body) can grow up to 3 feet, w/a radial pattern of stripes. The tentacles vary with the age of the individual, consisting typically of eight marginal long dark arms, and four central frilly oral arms. Its stinging tentacles are used to bring in mainly small prey, including zooplankton, larval fish, & fish eggs.


A colorful peacock spider. A male of the peacock spider species Maratus jactatus, which is nicknamed Sparklemuffin, lifts its leg as part of a mating dance.

from Brain Pickings

The 11 Best Photography Books of 2011

North Pacific Giant Octopus Photo by Mark Laita