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The last month has seen a great influx of underwater and marine imagery from both warm and cold seas. Ben Cranke has returned from the sub-Antarctic with great coverage on king penguins and elephant seals. There is also plenty of European wildlife and an interesting submission from Robert Thompson featuring silk moths and Irish landscapes. And of course, much more - browse the gallery to view the full selection, including both stills and video clips.
Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from its arms. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.
Close up view of male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from one of its arms. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.  -  Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Close up view of male Leach's sea star (Leiaster leachi) broadcast spawning, releasing streams of sperm from one of its arms. Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.
Golden damsel (Amblyglyphidodon aureus) male aggressively defends his territory on a coral reef. Piaynemo Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Golden damsel (Amblyglyphidodon aureus) male aggressively defends his territory on a coral reef. Piaynemo Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean.
Portrait of a Red Sea anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus) above the tentacles of a Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) on a coral reef. Daedelus Reef. Egypt. Red Sea.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of a Red Sea anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus) above the tentacles of a Magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) on a coral reef. Daedelus Reef. Egypt. Red Sea.
The rear flippers of a large female grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) bottling at the surface as she rests in shallow water. Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom. British Isles. North S...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / The rear flippers of a large female grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) bottling at the surface as she rests in shallow water. Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom. British Isles. North S...
Long clawed squat lobster (Munida rugosa) makes its home in a discarded bottle. Kentallen, Lochaber, The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. Loch Linnhe, North East Atlantic Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Long clawed squat lobster (Munida rugosa) makes its home in a discarded bottle. Kentallen, Lochaber, The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. Loch Linnhe, North East Atlantic Ocean.
Long-clawed squat lobster (Munida rugosa) displays its claws defiantly at the entrance of its burrow. Glencoe, Ballachulish, Lochaber, The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe,...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Long-clawed squat lobster (Munida rugosa) displays its claws defiantly at the entrance of its burrow. Glencoe, Ballachulish, Lochaber, The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe,...
Portrait of a Flounder (Platichthys flesus) on the seabed. Fort William, Lochaber, The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. Loch Linnhe, North East Atlantic Ocean. British Isles  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of a Flounder (Platichthys flesus) on the seabed. Fort William, Lochaber, The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. Loch Linnhe, North East Atlantic Ocean. British Isles
Orange Garibaldi damselfish (Hypsypops rubicundus) in a giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest. Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands. Los Angeles, California, United States of America. North East P...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Orange Garibaldi damselfish (Hypsypops rubicundus) in a giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forest. Santa Barbara Island, Channel Islands. Los Angeles, California, United States of America. North East P...
Portrait of a Blackbar soldierfish (Myripristis jacobus) infected with cymothoid isopod parasites. The large parasite between the eyes is a female, the smaller individuals are males. Seven Mile Beach,...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of a Blackbar soldierfish (Myripristis jacobus) infected with cymothoid isopod parasites. The large parasite between the eyes is a female, the smaller individuals are males. Seven Mile Beach,...
Mixed school of large fish, incliuding lined rabbitfish (Siganus lineatus), diagonal-banded sweetlips (Plectorhinchus lineatus) onespot snapper (Lutjanus monostigma), oriental sweetlips (Plectorhinchu...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Mixed school of large fish, incliuding lined rabbitfish (Siganus lineatus), diagonal-banded sweetlips (Plectorhinchus lineatus) onespot snapper (Lutjanus monostigma), oriental sweetlips (Plectorhinchu...
Colourful soft corals, Dead man's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) and common sea urchins (Echinus esculentus) mass beneath a kelp forest (Laminaria hyperborea). St Abbs, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Scot...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Colourful soft corals, Dead man's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) and common sea urchins (Echinus esculentus) mass beneath a kelp forest (Laminaria hyperborea). St Abbs, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Scot...
Portrait of a Secretary blenny (Acanthemblemaria maria), living in a hole in the base of a purple common sea fan, on a coral reef. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbea...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of a Secretary blenny (Acanthemblemaria maria), living in a hole in the base of a purple common sea fan, on a coral reef. East End, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbea...
Sargasum fish / Frogfish (Histrio histrio) floating on discarded polypropylene rope on ocean surface, North Pacific, Hawaii, USA.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Sargasum fish / Frogfish (Histrio histrio) floating on discarded polypropylene rope on ocean surface, North Pacific, Hawaii, USA.
RF - Portrait of a coral grouper (Cephalopholis miniata) next to a sea fan (Annella sp.) on a coral reef. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. (This image may be licensed either as rights man...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Portrait of a coral grouper (Cephalopholis miniata) next to a sea fan (Annella sp.) on a coral reef. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. (This image may be licensed either as rights man...
RF - Blue shark (Prionace glauca) cruises beneath the surface of the English Channel with sunbeams. Cornwall, England, UK. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Blue shark (Prionace glauca) cruises beneath the surface of the English Channel with sunbeams. Cornwall, England, UK. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
RF - Common hermit crab (Pagurus bernhardus) scuttles over the seabed. Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Common hermit crab (Pagurus bernhardus) scuttles over the seabed. Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
RF - Herbivorous common sea urchin (Echinus esculentus) grazes in a kelp (Laminaria hyperborea) forest. Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royal...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Herbivorous common sea urchin (Echinus esculentus) grazes in a kelp (Laminaria hyperborea) forest. Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royal...
Pair of Coleman shrimps (Periclimenes colemani) living in Fire urchin (Asthenosoma varium). The female is the larger shrimp. Anilao, Batangas marine protected area, Luzon, Philippines. Verde Island Pa...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Pair of Coleman shrimps (Periclimenes colemani) living in Fire urchin (Asthenosoma varium). The female is the larger shrimp. Anilao, Batangas marine protected area, Luzon, Philippines. Verde Island Pa...
Tiny (1cm) Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) hides in the branches of its home seafan (Muricella sp.) on a coral reef. Daram Islands, Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Tiny (1cm) Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) hides in the branches of its home seafan (Muricella sp.) on a coral reef. Daram Islands, Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea.
RF - Split level photo of mangrove scenery, with hard corals (including Goniopora sp., Porites sp.) growing below Red mangrove tree (Rhizophora sp.). Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.(This image may...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Split level photo of mangrove scenery, with hard corals (including Goniopora sp., Porites sp.) growing below Red mangrove tree (Rhizophora sp.). Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.(This image may...
False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) looking out of a magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) on a coral reef. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / False clown anemonefish (Amphiprion ocellaris) looking out of a magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) on a coral reef. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean.
Queen scallop (Aequipecten opercularis) feeding. Glencoe, Ballachulish, Lochaber, The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe, North East Atlantic Ocean. British Isles.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Queen scallop (Aequipecten opercularis) feeding. Glencoe, Ballachulish, Lochaber, The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. Loch Leven, Loch Linnhe, North East Atlantic Ocean. British Isles.
Thongweed (Himanthalia elongata) in sun beams surrounded by kelp (Laminaria sp.). This common seaweed has a two stage morphology, seen here is the strap-like reproductive frond, which can reach up to...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Thongweed (Himanthalia elongata) in sun beams surrounded by kelp (Laminaria sp.). This common seaweed has a two stage morphology, seen here is the strap-like reproductive frond, which can reach up to...
The red and white surface details, including the gills, of a sunstar (Crossaster papposus). Lochcarron, Ross-shire, Ross and Cromarty, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. British Isles. Loch Carron,...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / The red and white surface details, including the gills, of a sunstar (Crossaster papposus). Lochcarron, Ross-shire, Ross and Cromarty, Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom. British Isles. Loch Carron,...
RF - Portrait of Spinecheek anemonefish (Premnas biaculeatus) in its host Bubble-tip anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) on a coral reef. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. (This image may be l...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Portrait of Spinecheek anemonefish (Premnas biaculeatus) in its host Bubble-tip anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) on a coral reef. Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Ceram Sea. (This image may be l...
Endemic Hawaiian pom-pom crab / Boxer crab (Lybia edmondsoni) on reef, waving anemones (Triactis sp.) in its claws, North Pacific, Hawaii, USA.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Endemic Hawaiian pom-pom crab / Boxer crab (Lybia edmondsoni) on reef, waving anemones (Triactis sp.) in its claws, North Pacific, Hawaii, USA.
Portrait of a Bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) at night above a coral reef. Gam Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Dampier Strait, Tropical West Pacific Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of a Bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) at night above a coral reef. Gam Island, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Dampier Strait, Tropical West Pacific Ocean.
Brown moray eel (Gymnothorax unicolor) with cleaner shrimp (Lysmata grabhami). Tenerife, Canary Islands  -  Sergio Hanquet
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Sergio Hanquet / Brown moray eel (Gymnothorax unicolor) with cleaner shrimp (Lysmata grabhami). Tenerife, Canary Islands
RF - Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) relaxing in a bed of kelp (Laminaria digitata), with two seals in the background. Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom. British Isles. North Sea....  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / RF - Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) relaxing in a bed of kelp (Laminaria digitata), with two seals in the background. Farne Islands, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom. British Isles. North Sea....
Marine pollution - floating discarded fishing nets, a danger to many marine species, Canary Islands.  -  Sergio Hanquet
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Sergio Hanquet / Marine pollution - floating discarded fishing nets, a danger to many marine species, Canary Islands.
Endangered Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) stretches neck to be cleaned by Yellow tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) and Goldring tangs (Ctenochaetus strigosus), North Pacific, Hawaii, USA.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Endangered Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) stretches neck to be cleaned by Yellow tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) and Goldring tangs (Ctenochaetus strigosus), North Pacific, Hawaii, USA.
Wide angle macro photo of an algae octopus (Abdopus aculeatus) as it reaches out and investigates the camera. Dauin, Dauin Marine Protected Area, Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines. Bohol Sea, tropical we...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Wide angle macro photo of an algae octopus (Abdopus aculeatus) as it reaches out and investigates the camera. Dauin, Dauin Marine Protected Area, Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines. Bohol Sea, tropical we...
Portrait of a Black saddle snake eel (Ophichthus cephalozona) emerging from the sand at night. Dauin, Dauin Marine Protected Area, Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines. Bohol Sea, tropical west Pacific Ocea...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Portrait of a Black saddle snake eel (Ophichthus cephalozona) emerging from the sand at night. Dauin, Dauin Marine Protected Area, Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines. Bohol Sea, tropical west Pacific Ocea...
Two Honeycomb morays (Gymnothorax favagineus) and a Giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus) emerging from their shared burrow, Indian Ocean, Maldives.  -  Pascal Kobeh
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Pascal Kobeh / Two Honeycomb morays (Gymnothorax favagineus) and a Giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus) emerging from their shared burrow, Indian Ocean, Maldives.
Split level with table corals (Acropora spp.) growing close to an island. Pelee Island, Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean.  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Split level with table corals (Acropora spp.) growing close to an island. Pelee Island, Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean.
Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) male fighting for breeding rights. St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia Island  -  Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / Southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) male fighting for breeding rights. St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia Island
Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezii) swimming under a boat, Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. Caribbean Sea. January. Model released.  -  Pascal Kobeh
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Pascal Kobeh / Caribbean reef sharks (Carcharhinus perezii) swimming under a boat, Jardines de la Reina, Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. Caribbean Sea. January. Model released.
Black and white photo of a silhouette of a California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) pup in an underwater cavern with sun beams. Los Islotes, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sea of Cortez, Gul...  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Black and white photo of a silhouette of a California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) pup in an underwater cavern with sun beams. Los Islotes, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Sea of Cortez, Gul...
Common hermit crab (Pagurus bernhardus) scuttles past a phosphorescent seapen (Pennatula phosphorea) grows on a muddy seabed. Glencoe, Ballachulish, Lochaber, The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom....  -  Alex Mustard
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Alex Mustard / Common hermit crab (Pagurus bernhardus) scuttles past a phosphorescent seapen (Pennatula phosphorea) grows on a muddy seabed. Glencoe, Ballachulish, Lochaber, The Highlands, Scotland, United Kingdom....
False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) at surface. Tenerife, Canary Islands.  -  Sergio Hanquet
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Sergio Hanquet / False killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) at surface. Tenerife, Canary Islands.
Tench (Tinca tinca) amongst reeds, Sion, Valais canton, southwestern Switzerland  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Tench (Tinca tinca) amongst reeds, Sion, Valais canton, southwestern Switzerland
Tench (Tinca tinca) during spawning period amongst European watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), Sion, Valais canton, southwestern Switzerland  -  Franco Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Tench (Tinca tinca) during spawning period amongst European watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), Sion, Valais canton, southwestern Switzerland
A school of Bluespotted cornetfish (Fistularia commersonii), Red Sea, Egypt.  -  Pascal Kobeh
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Pascal Kobeh / A school of Bluespotted cornetfish (Fistularia commersonii), Red Sea, Egypt.
King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) commute to their breeding colony in single file.. St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia Island  -  Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) commute to their breeding colony in single file.. St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia Island
King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) walking to the breeding colony. Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island  -  Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) walking to the breeding colony. Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island
King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) chicks gathered in a creche, Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island  -  Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) chicks gathered in a creche, Fortuna Bay, South Georgia Island
King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) slipping and sliding on an icy slope. St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia Island  -  Ben Cranke
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Ben Cranke / King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) slipping and sliding on an icy slope. St Andrew's Bay, South Georgia Island
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