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Cameraman and photographer David Shale began his career as a deep sea oceanographer with the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, before going on to work on many landmark BBC series. But it wasn't until he worked on Blue Planet, for which he accepted a BAFTA award, that he began to think about photographing deep sea animals. Accompanying scientific expeditions to some of the remotest parts of the ocean, Shale uses special tanks and the latest technologies to photograph a host of eccentric life forms as they are brought to the surface. In this way, he has sometimes helped to document species completely new to science. Photographing deep sea animals is extremely challenging, notes Shale. Maintaining the correct conditions for his subjects means working for up to eight hours in a very cold room on a rolling ship in the dark! David's images have been widely published in exhibitions, scientific journals, magazines and books, including the Firefly Books title Creatures of the Deep by Erich Hoyt.
Squat lobster (Munidopsis sp) from the mid-Atlantic ridge, deep sea Atlantic ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Squat lobster (Munidopsis sp) from the mid-Atlantic ridge, deep sea Atlantic ocean
Portrait of Fangtooth {Anoplogaster cornuta} Atlantic - David Shale
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David Shale / Portrait of Fangtooth {Anoplogaster cornuta} Atlantic
Enteropneust worm / Acorn worm (Yoda purpurata) from the North Atlantic Ocean, southern Purple variety, feeds on sea floor sediment leaving behind variable wavy traces, Depth approx 2700m. ~ new speci... - David Shale
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David Shale / Enteropneust worm / Acorn worm (Yoda purpurata) from the North Atlantic Ocean, southern Purple variety, feeds on sea floor sediment leaving behind variable wavy traces, Depth approx 2700m. ~ new speci...
Deepsea cirrate octopod {Stauroteuthis syrtensis} 830m, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea cirrate octopod {Stauroteuthis syrtensis} 830m, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic
Female Angler fish {Himantolophus sp} deep sea species - David Shale
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David Shale / Female Angler fish {Himantolophus sp} deep sea species
Palpon + gasterozooids of {Forskalia asymmetrica} Atlantic, siphonophore hydrozoan - David Shale
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David Shale / Palpon + gasterozooids of {Forskalia asymmetrica} Atlantic, siphonophore hydrozoan
{Halitrephes maasi} pelagic hydrozoan medusa from Gulf of Maine, Atlantic. - David Shale
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David Shale / {Halitrephes maasi} pelagic hydrozoan medusa from Gulf of Maine, Atlantic.
Deep sea Squid, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic. - David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Squid, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic.
Scyphozoan jellyfish {Atolla gigantea} specimen from 831metres deep sea - David Shale
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David Shale / Scyphozoan jellyfish {Atolla gigantea} specimen from 831metres deep sea
Deep sea Cirrate Octopod (Stauroteuthis syrtensis) from 800m depth, Atlantic. - David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Cirrate Octopod (Stauroteuthis syrtensis) from 800m depth, Atlantic.
Deepsea fish {Stomias boa} with lure, deep sea Atlantic ocean - David  Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea fish {Stomias boa} with lure, deep sea Atlantic ocean
Palpon + gasterozooids of {Forskalia asymmetrica} Atlantic, siphonophore hydrozoan - David Shale
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David Shale / Palpon + gasterozooids of {Forskalia asymmetrica} Atlantic, siphonophore hydrozoan
Deepsea fish {Paraliparis sp.), deep sea Atlantic ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea fish {Paraliparis sp.), deep sea Atlantic ocean
Deepsea amphipod {Eurythenes obesus} common, pan-oceanic meso/bathypelagic species. Atlantic ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea amphipod {Eurythenes obesus} common, pan-oceanic meso/bathypelagic species. Atlantic ocean
Sipunculan worm (Sipunculus (Sipunculus) norvegicus) from mid-Atlantic Ridge, deep sea Atlantic ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Sipunculan worm (Sipunculus (Sipunculus) norvegicus) from mid-Atlantic Ridge, deep sea Atlantic ocean
(Heteroteuthis dispar) A small oceanic cuttlefish, deep sea Atlantic ocean, - David Shale
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David Shale / (Heteroteuthis dispar) A small oceanic cuttlefish, deep sea Atlantic ocean,
Fangtooth, bathypelagic fish (Anoplogaster cornuta), deep sea Atlantic ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Fangtooth, bathypelagic fish (Anoplogaster cornuta), deep sea Atlantic ocean
(Chromatonema rubrum) a hydromedusan jellyfish, deep sea Atlantic ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / (Chromatonema rubrum) a hydromedusan jellyfish, deep sea Atlantic ocean
(Sergestes sp) mesopelagic shrimp, deep sea Atlantic ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / (Sergestes sp) mesopelagic shrimp, deep sea Atlantic ocean
Deepsea Featherstar (Crinoidea) on Primnoid coral seafan from a coral seamount in the Indian Ocean, December 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Featherstar (Crinoidea) on Primnoid coral seafan from a coral seamount in the Indian Ocean, December 2011
Deepsea Female Anglerfish {Melanocoetus} with stomach expanded and forced forward into mouth on ascent from depth. - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Female Anglerfish {Melanocoetus} with stomach expanded and forced forward into mouth on ascent from depth.
Pencil urchin (Cidaroid). Collected from coral sea mount near Dragon vent field on SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean. - David Shale
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David Shale / Pencil urchin (Cidaroid). Collected from coral sea mount near Dragon vent field on SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean.
Brittlestar (Ophiurida) with Sea Pen (Pennatulid) attached deep sea - David Shale
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David Shale / Brittlestar (Ophiurida) with Sea Pen (Pennatulid) attached deep sea
Deepsea Hermit crab with zoanthid (Epizoanthus sp) on shell, from a coral seamount in the Indian Ocean, November 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Hermit crab with zoanthid (Epizoanthus sp) on shell, from a coral seamount in the Indian Ocean, November 2011
(Chromatonema rubrum) a hydromedusan jellyfish, deep sea Atlantic ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / (Chromatonema rubrum) a hydromedusan jellyfish, deep sea Atlantic ocean
Hydromedusa / Trachymedusa (Crossota sp) showing tentacles, from approx 2700m, mid Atlantic ridge, June 2010 - David Shale
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David Shale / Hydromedusa / Trachymedusa (Crossota sp) showing tentacles, from approx 2700m, mid Atlantic ridge, June 2010
Deepsea cirrate octopod (Stauroteuthis syrtensis) 830m, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea cirrate octopod (Stauroteuthis syrtensis) 830m, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic
Deepsea amphipod {Scypholanceola stephensi} from between 500 and 800m, night, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea amphipod {Scypholanceola stephensi} from between 500 and 800m, night, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Fangtooth {Anoplogaster cornuta} Atlantic - David Shale
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David Shale / Fangtooth {Anoplogaster cornuta} Atlantic
Sea spider {Pycnogonida} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe - David Shale
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David Shale / Sea spider {Pycnogonida} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe
Lumpsucker {Cyclopterus lumpus} deepsea, 2392m, Barents sea, Northern Europe - David Shale
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David Shale / Lumpsucker {Cyclopterus lumpus} deepsea, 2392m, Barents sea, Northern Europe
Amphipod {Paramphithoe hystrix} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe - David Shale
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David Shale / Amphipod {Paramphithoe hystrix} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe
Snaggletooth {Borostomias sp} deepsea fish with luminescent snare, from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge - David Shale
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David Shale / Snaggletooth {Borostomias sp} deepsea fish with luminescent snare, from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Benthic decapod {Glyphocrangon sculpta} from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Benthic decapod {Glyphocrangon sculpta} from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Arctic Octopus {Bathypolypus arcticus} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe - David Shale
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David Shale / Arctic Octopus {Bathypolypus arcticus} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe
Deepsea squid (Histioteuthis sp) from between 188m/617ft and 507m/1,663ft depth, night, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea squid (Histioteuthis sp) from between 188m/617ft and 507m/1,663ft depth, night, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Bristleworm {Polychaeta} from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Bristleworm {Polychaeta} from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Close up of Amphipod {Eurythenes gryllus} from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Close up of Amphipod {Eurythenes gryllus} from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Glass squid {Teuthowenia megalops}, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Glass squid {Teuthowenia megalops}, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Close-up of Deepsea squid (Histioteuthis sp) showing eye, from between 188m/617ft and 507m/1,663ft depth, night, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Close-up of Deepsea squid (Histioteuthis sp) showing eye, from between 188m/617ft and 507m/1,663ft depth, night, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Enteropneust worm / Acorn worm (Yoda purpurata) from the North Atlantic Ocean, southern Purple variety, feeds on sea floor sediment leaving behind variable wavy traces, Depth approx 2700m. ~ new speci... - David Shale
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David Shale / Enteropneust worm / Acorn worm (Yoda purpurata) from the North Atlantic Ocean, southern Purple variety, feeds on sea floor sediment leaving behind variable wavy traces, Depth approx 2700m. ~ new speci...
Angler fish (Melanocetus murrayi) Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean - David Shale
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David Shale / Angler fish (Melanocetus murrayi) Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Deepsea Sea cucumber (Amperima sp) from mid Atlantic ridge, 2500m, Atlantic ocean, June 2010 - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Sea cucumber (Amperima sp) from mid Atlantic ridge, 2500m, Atlantic ocean, June 2010
Bathypelagic cyddipid ctenophore / comb jelly (Ctenophora) from benthic boundary layer, mid Atlantic ridge, June 2010 - David Shale
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David Shale / Bathypelagic cyddipid ctenophore / comb jelly (Ctenophora) from benthic boundary layer, mid Atlantic ridge, June 2010
Deepsea Feather star (Crinoidea) on Primnoid coral seafan from a coral seamount in the Indian Ocean, December 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Feather star (Crinoidea) on Primnoid coral seafan from a coral seamount in the Indian Ocean, December 2011
Close up of Black-mouth red cydippid ctenophore (comb jelly) W Atlantic. - David Shale
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David Shale / Close up of Black-mouth red cydippid ctenophore (comb jelly) W Atlantic.
Pencil urchin (Cidaroidea) from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011 - David Shale
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David Shale / Pencil urchin (Cidaroidea) from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011
Deep sea Anglerfish {Himantolophus sp} female with lure projecting from head to attract prey, Atlantic ocean. Anglerfish have small poorly developed eyes but detect movement and prey through a well de... - David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Anglerfish {Himantolophus sp} female with lure projecting from head to attract prey, Atlantic ocean. Anglerfish have small poorly developed eyes but detect movement and prey through a well de...
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