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The depths of the oceans remain one of the few remaining parts of the world which are largely unexplored and which hold new and undiscovered life forms. David Shale and Solvin Zankl have joined expeditions to photograph deep sea creatures at a variety of depths in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and the Barents Sea. Using specialised equipment and techniques, they have captured unique images of many species of bizarre deep sea fish and invertebrates, including a number new to science. These species show special adaptations to life at depths where no light penetrates, including many examples of bioluminescence.

Black Dragonfish (Malacosteus niger)  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Black Dragonfish (Malacosteus niger)
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
Sea spider {Pycnogonida} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Sea spider {Pycnogonida} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe
Portrait of Fangtooth {Anoplogaster cornuta} Atlantic  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Portrait of Fangtooth {Anoplogaster cornuta} Atlantic
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
Deepsea Anemone from a coral seamount, Indian ocean, November 2011  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Anemone from a coral seamount, Indian ocean, November 2011
Dragonfish (Melanostomias biseriatus), deepsea specimen from 2000m depth, nr Cape Verde Islands, North Atlantic  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Dragonfish (Melanostomias biseriatus), deepsea specimen from 2000m depth, nr Cape Verde Islands, North Atlantic
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
Close up of deepsea Basket star (Gorgonocephalus sp) from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Close up of deepsea Basket star (Gorgonocephalus sp) from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011
Giant deep-sea isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) Picture was taken in cooperation with the Zoological Museum University of Hamburg  -  Solvin Zankl,Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl,Solvin Zankl / Giant deep-sea isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) Picture was taken in cooperation with the Zoological Museum University of Hamburg
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 smelt {Bathylagus antarcticus}, found in all the southern oceans as far south as Antarctica, from the surface to depths of 4,000 m, Atlantic ocean  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Deepsea smelt {Bathylagus antarcticus}, found in all the southern oceans as far south as Antarctica, from the surface to depths of 4,000 m, Atlantic ocean
Deepsea marine larva of decapod crustacean {Sergestes sp} Atlantic ocean. Second place in Underwater categroy of the GDT 2011 competition  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Deepsea marine larva of decapod crustacean {Sergestes sp} Atlantic ocean. Second place in Underwater categroy of the GDT 2011 competition
Deep sea Anglerfish {Melanocoetus sp} female with lure projecting from head to attract prey. Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Anglerfish {Melanocoetus sp} female with lure projecting from head to attract prey. Atlantic ocean
Deepsea marine planktonic Copepod (Sapphirina sali) Atlantic ocean, Digital focus stacking  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Deepsea marine planktonic Copepod (Sapphirina sali) Atlantic ocean, Digital focus stacking
Lanternfish (Lepidophanes guentheri) - deepsea species showing bioluminescence.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Lanternfish (Lepidophanes guentheri) - deepsea species showing bioluminescence.
Deepsea Amphipod Pram bug {Phronima sedentaria} Atlantic ocean - has four pairs of eyes instead of two that most crustaceans have  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Deepsea Amphipod Pram bug {Phronima sedentaria} Atlantic ocean - has four pairs of eyes instead of two that most crustaceans have
Medusa caught with 1m ring net between 0 and 150m, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Medusa caught with 1m ring net between 0 and 150m, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Atlantic longarm octopus (Octopus defilippi), Atlantic ocean  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Atlantic longarm octopus (Octopus defilippi), Atlantic ocean
Deepsea Blackdevil fish (Melanocetus murrayi) female anglerfish specimen.  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Deepsea Blackdevil fish (Melanocetus murrayi) female anglerfish specimen.
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.
Male and Female glass shrimps on Glass sponge (Hexactinellida)  from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Male and Female glass shrimps on Glass sponge (Hexactinellida) from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011
Deep sea Anglerfish female with lure {Himantolophus sp} Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Anglerfish female with lure {Himantolophus sp} Atlantic ocean
Gymnosome Pteropod mollusc, Sea butterfly, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Gymnosome Pteropod mollusc, Sea butterfly, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Isopod {Saduria sabini} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Isopod {Saduria sabini} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe
Pacific hatchetfish (Argyropelecus affinis) portrait  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Pacific hatchetfish (Argyropelecus affinis) portrait
Deepsea Amphipod Pram bug {Phronima sedentaria} uses body of a dead salp for housing its young. Atlantic ocean  -  Solvin Zankl
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Solvin Zankl / Deepsea Amphipod Pram bug {Phronima sedentaria} uses body of a dead salp for housing its young. Atlantic ocean
Sea pen (Pennatulacea) from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Sea pen (Pennatulacea) from coral seamount, SW Indian Ridge, Indian Ocean, December 2011
Deepsea Squat lobster (Galatheidae) from coral seamount, Indian Ocean, December 2011  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Squat lobster (Galatheidae) from coral seamount, Indian Ocean, December 2011
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
Deepsea Polynoid polychaete scale worm from mid Atlantic ridge, 2500m depth  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Polynoid polychaete scale worm from mid Atlantic ridge, 2500m depth
Pram bug (Phronima sedentaria) in barrel of salp, caught between 74m/243ft and 188m/617ft, at night, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Pram bug (Phronima sedentaria) in barrel of salp, caught between 74m/243ft and 188m/617ft, at night, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Amphipod {Paramphithoe hystrix} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Amphipod {Paramphithoe hystrix} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe
A cumacean crustacean {Diastylis goodsiri}  benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe  -  David Shale
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David Shale / A cumacean crustacean {Diastylis goodsiri} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe
Close up of tentacles and eye of Arctic Octopus {Bathypolypus arcticus} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Close up of tentacles and eye of Arctic Octopus {Bathypolypus arcticus} benthic, Barents sea, Northern Europe
Deep sea Squid, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic.  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deep sea Squid, Gulf of Maine, Atlantic.
Deepsea Glass squid {Cranchia sp.} squirting ink, Atlantic  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Glass squid {Cranchia sp.} squirting ink, Atlantic
Deepsea benthic sea spider (Colossendeis sp), deep sea Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea benthic sea spider (Colossendeis sp), deep sea Atlantic ocean
(Periphylla sp) juvenile, jellyfish, deep sea Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / (Periphylla sp) juvenile, jellyfish, deep sea Atlantic ocean
Comb jelly (Beroe cucumis), deep sea Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Comb jelly (Beroe cucumis), deep sea Atlantic ocean
Deepsea Opossum shrimp / Mysid {Gnathophausia sp} , deep sea Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea Opossum shrimp / Mysid {Gnathophausia sp} , deep sea Atlantic ocean
Snail fish {Careproctus sp} 0 - 1387m, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Snail fish {Careproctus sp} 0 - 1387m, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, North Atlantic Ocean
Bathypelagic Lizard fish (Bathysaurus ferox), deep sea Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Bathypelagic Lizard fish (Bathysaurus ferox), deep sea Atlantic ocean
Deepsea squid {Histioteuthis bonellii} showing chromatophores changing colour, from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 200 - 50m  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea squid {Histioteuthis bonellii} showing chromatophores changing colour, from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 200 - 50m
Smallspine spookfish (Harriotta haeckeli), a Rabbitfish / Chimaera, deep sea Atlantic ocean,  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Smallspine spookfish (Harriotta haeckeli), a Rabbitfish / Chimaera, deep sea Atlantic ocean,
Deepsea copepod (Copepoda), deep sea Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea copepod (Copepoda), deep sea Atlantic ocean
Deepsea fish, Oreo (Neocyttus sp), deep sea Atlantic ocean  -  David Shale
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David Shale / Deepsea fish, Oreo (Neocyttus sp), deep sea Atlantic ocean
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
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