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Every night, in oceans across the globe, sensational alien-like creatures rise from the depths to feed. Welcome to the Night Ocean, where an entirely new cast of characters comes to life.

More than eighty percent of our ocean is unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored. Many animals are totally unknown to science, and their behaviour is an even greater mystery. Never is that more true than at night, when an astonishing drama takes place in the world’s oceans: a great vertical migration, in which billions of organisms respond to the coming darkness. Like marine snow, they rise from the seafloor and float up towards the ocean’s the surface to feed.
As an eye witness to the action, marine photographer Magnus Lundgren provides a window into this midnight-black world, with peculiar inhabitants that appear to have walked straight from the pages of science fiction.
“Sounds are amplified, and you can only see as far as the end of your torch beam,” says Magnus. “Hovering over the abyss, you never know what beguiling creatures the night ocean mightl call to the surface.”

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Pelagic blanket octopus (Tremoctopus gracilis) female in full display, off Anilao, Batangas Philippines, Pacific Ocean.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Pelagic blanket octopus (Tremoctopus gracilis) female in full display, off Anilao, Batangas Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
Flying fish (Cypselurus sp) juvenile surrounded by jellyfish, Longdong, Northeast, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Flying fish (Cypselurus sp) juvenile surrounded by jellyfish, Longdong, Northeast, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.
Larval (15mm) unknown fish species, possibly a juvenile flounder or waspfish, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Larval (15mm) unknown fish species, possibly a juvenile flounder or waspfish, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean
Larval anemone in the open ocean, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Larval anemone in the open ocean, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
Sea angel (Hydromyles globulosa) Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Sea angel (Hydromyles globulosa) Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean
Squat lobster (Galatheidae sp) with a unicorn-like rostrum, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Squat lobster (Galatheidae sp) with a unicorn-like rostrum, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean
Wunderpus octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus) juvenile, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Wunderpus octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus) juvenile, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
African pompano (Alectis ciliaris) juvenile photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon,Philippines. The extra-long filamentous fins can help deter predators by imitating the deadly tentacles of jellyf...  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / African pompano (Alectis ciliaris) juvenile photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon,Philippines. The extra-long filamentous fins can help deter predators by imitating the deadly tentacles of jellyf...
Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...
Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians) surfing on a jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The nautilus uses its jellyfish host both as a food source, and as a defensive weapon. Photographed at n...
Trevally (Carangidae sp) juvenile, 4cm long, with jellyfishBalayan Bay, Luzon, the Philippines ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Trevally (Carangidae sp) juvenile, 4cm long, with jellyfishBalayan Bay, Luzon, the Philippines ~Minimum fees apply.
Trevally, (Carangidae sp.) juvenile, 4 cm long, with jellyfishBalayan Bay, Luzon, thePhilippines ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Trevally, (Carangidae sp.) juvenile, 4 cm long, with jellyfishBalayan Bay, Luzon, thePhilippines ~Minimum fees apply.
Trevally (Carangidae sp.) with jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. Photographed at night. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Trevally (Carangidae sp.) with jellyfish, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. Photographed at night. Minimum fees apply.
Scalloped ribbonfish (Zu cristatus) juvenile,Balayan Bay, Batangas, the Philippines.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Scalloped ribbonfish (Zu cristatus) juvenile,Balayan Bay, Batangas, the Philippines.
Mauve stinger (Pelagia noctiluca) photographed at night between Pico and Faial, the Azores, Portugal. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Mauve stinger (Pelagia noctiluca) photographed at night between Pico and Faial, the Azores, Portugal. Minimum fees apply.
Zebra mantis shrimp (Lysiosquillina maculata) photographed at night, Triton Bay, Papua Barat, Indonesia. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Zebra mantis shrimp (Lysiosquillina maculata) photographed at night, Triton Bay, Papua Barat, Indonesia. Minimum fees apply.
Jellynose fish (Ateleopus sp) juvenile off Anilao, Balayan Bay, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Jellynose fish (Ateleopus sp) juvenile off Anilao, Balayan Bay, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
Oval squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) photographed at night, Green Island, Taiwan. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Oval squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) photographed at night, Green Island, Taiwan. Minimum fees apply.
Unidentified juvenile eel or Moray eel photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The eel is curled up to confuse predators, and its transparent body helps it look less conspicuous. Minim...  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Unidentified juvenile eel or Moray eel photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. The eel is curled up to confuse predators, and its transparent body helps it look less conspicuous. Minim...
Trevallly (Caranx sp), juvenile living in and around a tunicate (Pyrosoma sp) in the pelagic zone. Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific OceanThe Pyrosoma is a free-floating colonial...  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Trevallly (Caranx sp), juvenile living in and around a tunicate (Pyrosoma sp) in the pelagic zone. Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific OceanThe Pyrosoma is a free-floating colonial...
African pompano fish (Alectis ciliaris) juveniles with long fins resembling jellyfish tentaclesBalayan Bay, Luzon, the Philippines ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / African pompano fish (Alectis ciliaris) juveniles with long fins resembling jellyfish tentaclesBalayan Bay, Luzon, the Philippines ~Minimum fees apply.
Lion's mane nudibranch (Melibe leonina) photographed at night, God's Pocket, Vancouver Island, Canada. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Lion's mane nudibranch (Melibe leonina) photographed at night, God's Pocket, Vancouver Island, Canada. Minimum fees apply.
Diamond squid (Thysanoteuthis rhombus) photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Diamond squid (Thysanoteuthis rhombus) photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. Minimum fees apply.
Flying sea snail (Clio sp.) photographed at night, Green Island, Taiwan. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Flying sea snail (Clio sp.) photographed at night, Green Island, Taiwan. Minimum fees apply.
Monkfish (Lophius piscatorius) photographed at night, Saltstraumen, Bodö, Norway. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Monkfish (Lophius piscatorius) photographed at night, Saltstraumen, Bodö, Norway. Minimum fees apply.
Hummingbird bobtail squid (Euprymna berryi) photographed at night, Kenting Nationalpark, Taiwan. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Hummingbird bobtail squid (Euprymna berryi) photographed at night, Kenting Nationalpark, Taiwan. Minimum fees apply.
Unknown larval fish species, possibly a Ogcocephalidae, 20-25 mm long, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean. This larva has some parasites.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Unknown larval fish species, possibly a Ogcocephalidae, 20-25 mm long, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean. This larva has some parasites.
Snake blenny (Xiphasia setifer) juvenile free swimming in the open ocean at night, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean. It has a parasite that attached close to its head  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Snake blenny (Xiphasia setifer) juvenile free swimming in the open ocean at night, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean. It has a parasite that attached close to its head
Larval cleaner shrimp, Green Island, a small volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean , Taiwan  -  Magnus Lundgren / Wild Wonders of China
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Magnus Lundgren / Wild Wonders of China / Larval cleaner shrimp, Green Island, a small volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean , Taiwan
Flying fish (Cypselurus sp - possibly Cypselurus doederleinii) Close to the surface at night, Anilao, Philippines. ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Flying fish (Cypselurus sp - possibly Cypselurus doederleinii) Close to the surface at night, Anilao, Philippines. ~Minimum fees apply.
Tiny hydrozoa,a predatory jellyfish-like animal. Green Island, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Tiny hydrozoa,a predatory jellyfish-like animal. Green Island, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.
Thorny seahorse (Hippocampus histrix) juvenile, riding sea grass, Anilao, Philippines. ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Thorny seahorse (Hippocampus histrix) juvenile, riding sea grass, Anilao, Philippines. ~Minimum fees apply.
Jellyfish (Octotiara rusellii) Balayan Bay, Luzon Island, Philippines ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Jellyfish (Octotiara rusellii) Balayan Bay, Luzon Island, Philippines ~Minimum fees apply.
Sea elephant (Pterotracheoides) a predator of the pelagic zone. Green Island, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Sea elephant (Pterotracheoides) a predator of the pelagic zone. Green Island, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.
Comb jelly (Ocyropsis fusca) Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Comb jelly (Ocyropsis fusca) Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
Amphipod riding a medusa hydroid close to the surface. Vaderoarna (Weather Islands), West coast, Sweden ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Amphipod riding a medusa hydroid close to the surface. Vaderoarna (Weather Islands), West coast, Sweden ~Minimum fees apply.
Mototi octopus / poison occellate octopus, (Octopus mototi), drifting in the pelagic zone on a tunicate (Pyrosoma sp) Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Mototi octopus / poison occellate octopus, (Octopus mototi), drifting in the pelagic zone on a tunicate (Pyrosoma sp) Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean
Black-blotched porcupinefish (Diodon liturosus) juvenile photographed at night, Green Island, Taiwan. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Black-blotched porcupinefish (Diodon liturosus) juvenile photographed at night, Green Island, Taiwan. Minimum fees apply.
Common starfish (Asterias rubens) Saltstraumen, Bodo, Norway ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Common starfish (Asterias rubens) Saltstraumen, Bodo, Norway ~Minimum fees apply.
Transparent larval moray eel (Muraenidae) Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Transparent larval moray eel (Muraenidae) Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean
Rabbitfish / Ratfish / Ghost shark (Chimaera monstrosa) photographed at night, Trondheim Fjord, Norway. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Rabbitfish / Ratfish / Ghost shark (Chimaera monstrosa) photographed at night, Trondheim Fjord, Norway. Minimum fees apply.
Juvenile lefteye flounder (Bothidae sp.) photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Juvenile lefteye flounder (Bothidae sp.) photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. Minimum fees apply.
Juvenile transparent (Acanthuridae sp) most likely a surgeon or a unicorn fish. Kenting National Park, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Juvenile transparent (Acanthuridae sp) most likely a surgeon or a unicorn fish. Kenting National Park, Taiwan. ~Minimum fees apply.
Neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii) producing ink, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Neon flying squid (Ommastrephes bartramii) producing ink, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
Young fish inside a drifting salp, photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. Minimum fees apply.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Young fish inside a drifting salp, photographed at night, Balayan Bay, Luzon, Philippines. Minimum fees apply.
Larval anemone in the open ocean, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Larval anemone in the open ocean, Balayan Bay, off Anilao, Batangas, Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
Pelagic blanket octopus (Tremoctopus gracilis) male, off Anilao, Batangas Philippines, Pacific Ocean.  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Pelagic blanket octopus (Tremoctopus gracilis) male, off Anilao, Batangas Philippines, Pacific Ocean.
Pelagic blanket octopus (Tremoctopus gracilis) female swimming, roling up her display blanket, off Anilao, Batangas Philippines, Pacific Ocean  -  Magnus Lundgren
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Magnus Lundgren / Pelagic blanket octopus (Tremoctopus gracilis) female swimming, roling up her display blanket, off Anilao, Batangas Philippines, Pacific Ocean
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