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Beyond my wildest imagination, here are some of the incredible creatures that can be found under the sea. These sea creatures come in a stunning variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures. Just what you might find if you were the world’s best photographer, diving deep under every sea on the planet, north to south, east to west, tropical to frigid waters.

Xenophora, a marine snail commonly known as the carrier shell, attaches shells, rocks, and other debris from its environment.

This is a snail!  Xenophora, a marine snail commonly known as the carrier shell, attaches shells, rocks, and other debris from its environment.

 

Yellow-tailed snapper by Tommy Schultz

Yellow-tailed snapper by Tommy Schultz

Yellow jelly

Yellow jelly

Sea urchin by christian loader on flickr

Sea urchin by christian loader on flickr

sea, Under the sea heart

Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) at South Reef on Racha Noi near Phuket in Thailand

Crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) at South Reef on Racha Noi near Phuket in Thailand

tubeworm - By Ross Gudgeon (Gudge's Photos)

tubeworm – By Ross Gudgeon (Gudge’s Photos)

Check out the variety of these reds.

Strawberry #Crab (Pelia mutica)

Strawberry #Crab (Pelia mutica)

Starfish

Starfish

Starburst Jellyfish

Starburst Jellyfish

by Mark Laita

by Mark Laita

Red Sea anemone by Brandon Cole

Red Sea anemone by Brandon Cole

 Feather starfish

Feather starfish

Stapelianthus madagascariensis by Chris Moore

Stapelianthus madagascariensis by Chris Moore

 

A rare stalked jellyfish. (a.k.a staurozoan)

A rare stalked jellyfish. (a.k.a staurozoan)

An Acan coral.

An Acan coral.

Now the blues shades:

 Anemone and Lucas shrimp - Sea of Cortez

Anemone and Lucas shrimp – Sea of Cortez

anemone

anemone

Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence

Blue & yellow crinoid (feather star)

Blue & yellow crinoid (feather star) by Richard Merritt FRPS on flickr

Blue tuxedo sea urchin

Blue tuxedo sea urchin by Nick Hope at Bubblevision.com

Blue Squamosa clams are among the rarest invertebrates.

Blue Squamosa clams are among the rarest invertebrates, by reef builders.

Turquoise Feather Duster Worms

Turquoise Feather Duster Worms

 Tulip Jellyfish

Tulip Jellyfish

 Deep Sea Flower

Deep Sea Flower

Blue Discosoma (mushroom coral)

Blue Discosoma (mushroom coral)

bubble coral

bubble coral

Tunicate by mandarinfish by Linda Kline on flickr

Tunicate by mandarinfish by Linda Kline on flickr

Turquoise starfish

Turquoise starfish

Pegea confoederata is a thaliacé measuring up to 12 cm long. It occurs in two forms, solo or as aggregates of several dozen individuals.

Pegea confoederata is a thaliacé measuring up to 12 cm long. It occurs in two forms, solo or as aggregates of several dozen individuals.  By Kevin Lee

 

Albino Turtle being released.

Albino Turtle being released.

Deep sea angler fish caught at 500 meters (1800 feet)

Deep sea angler fish caught at 500 meters (1800 feet) by Sarah Gotheil.

How could this guy be real? By Daniel Selmeczi from Hungary

How could this guy be real? By Daniel Selmeczi from Hungary

A Hairy frogfish, Lembeh, INDONESIA

A Hairy frogfish, Lembeh, INDONESIA also by Daniel Selmeczi

red hand fish

red hand fish by OceanwiseImages.com

Cirrate octopod - or Dumbo Octopus -

Cirrate octopod – or Dumbo Octopus –

Sea Sponge Looks Like an Underwater Cookie Monster

Sea Sponge Looks Like an Underwater Cookie Monster

Squat Lobster

Squat Lobster, It’s real.  I checked.

Golden Puffer fish Puffed up

Golden Puffer fish Puffed up

Yellowhead Jawfish with eggs - by Kevin Bryant

Yellowhead Jawfish with eggs – by Kevin Bryant

Tiny baby octopus

Tiny baby octopus

Seahorse on sea pen

Seahorse on sea pen

Sea horses

Sea horses

Banded Spiny Lobster by Florent Charpin

Banded Spiny Lobster by Florent Charpin

 

Sea anenome with a clownfish hiding.

Sea anenome with a clownfish hiding.

Now for variety in one species:  Sea Slugs or Nudibranches

by PaparazSea ♑

by PaparazSea ♑

Polka dot nudibranch . Jorunna funebris. the black spots are actually bristles sticking out of body.

Polka dot nudibranch . Jorunna funebris. the black spots are actually bristles sticking out of body.

 

Sea Jewels via Dreamy Nature

Sea Jewels via Dreamy Nature

sea, nudibranch by Guillem Mas on Flickr

By Guillem Mas on Flickr

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sea, nudibranch or sea slug, by Rafael Cosme Daza on Flickr

By Rafael Cosme Daza on Flickr

sea, Nudibranch sea, nudibranch or sea slug

By Oceanart

By Oceanart

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Egg coil of the Spanish Dancer, nudibranch, by bodiver

Egg coil of the Spanish Dancer, nudibranch, by bodiver

Donut sea slug from Bali, Indonesia, by Alexander Mustard

Donut sea slug from Bali, Indonesia, by Alexander Mustard

Now for the jelly fish

sea, deep-water jellyfish, which have been found off the coast of Antarctica and Alaska. via sampry

By Liquid Image on flickr

By Liquid Image on flickr

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By Francis Leguen

sea, jellyfish

Berenice, Red Sea, Egypt. by Stella Styles

Berenice, Red Sea, Egypt. by Stella Styles

sea, jelly via pintsea, jelly 2

By vanveelen on Flickr

By vanveelen on Flickr

Flower Hat Jellyfish

Flower Hat Jellyfish

sea, via john

Moon Sea Jellies

Moon Sea Jellies

Madagascar sea urchin

Madagascar sea urchin

Coral

Coral

Male Signal Blenny, displaying. Why isn't this called a devil fish?

Male Signal Blenny, displaying. Why isn’t this called a devil fish?

Comet and Panther Groupers

Comet and Panther Groupers

Sky Hawk Halfmoon

Sky Hawk Halfmoon

Cuban snail

Cuban snail

Fractal spirals in nature - Harpa Cabritti shell

Fractal spirals in nature – Harpa Cabritti shell

sea, shellThis is just a sample of sea wonders.  For more, go here, or try this.  Or you can see just sea slugs here, or just sea horses here, or star fish here.

Thanks to:  Merry, John, Joyce and to Sampry on pinterest.

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30 thoughts on “Sea Creatures, 3

  1. THIS IS SO AWESOME I HAD TO GO THROUGH THEM TWICE TO SHOW MY FAMILY ,JUST AWESOME

  2. Another brilliant and awesome display of the wonders by dusky,
    Thank you………

  3. Breath taking! I can hardly believe this underwater splendor! Thank you, Dusky!

  4. Totally delightful, the endless varieties of brilliant colors, breathtaking beauty and surreal shapes of these amazing sea creatures…. Great way to escape for a little while from the disgusting political circus this election year…. Thank you, Dusky, I really needed this!

  5. I am amazed at the glorious displays of sea creatures. Thank you for bringing me these moments of wonder.

  6. The incredible creativity of god is almost unbelievable. Thankyou, simply awesome.

  7. This is artistry at it’s finest. It’s like Mother Nature created them in color, and then God gave them life.
    Absolutely magnificent. Thank you for sharing, Dusky.

  8. Your beautiful emails bring a breath of splendor to our computers. Thank you for another wonderful few minutes.

  9. Wow!!! These are incredible and beautiful. 5-fold symmetry is rare.

  10. Beautiful – thanks you! Please don’t try to make me believe that all that just happened from a “big bang!”

  11. Dusky: This world of wonderment leaves me almost speechless. The beauty and imagination of Creator is beyond anything we can conceive, and you bless us each time you share this loveliness. Many Mahalos…Blessings & Love to you and yours…May your new chapter be all you could ever wish for…thank you for your gifts of upliftment and enrichment to all of life.

  12. Impossible to see all of these beautiful creations
    and not believe in God above. Thank you!

  13. These are just truly fabulous–surprising, breath-taking, such varied colors and shapes. This a Universe that goes on unknown to us, and one that is so rich and God given/evolved. Thank you!

  14. Magnificent world that exist under sea water with awesome shapes , colors that He only could have created. It is high time nations of the world stop using sea as dumping ground for garbage , including plastic etc and damaging the the under sea world which exists beyond their imagination. Salute to those photographers who took these wonderful photographs and to you for sharing. as common men would never dream of the world under water.

  15. fabulous range of astounding sea creatures but one is growing in a pot on my front verandah and very much terrestrial (Madagascan ) !!! The other is a blue / yellow Siamese Fighting Fish that can only survive in freshwater but can breath air.

  16. The red footed fish with its 5 digit forward fins and the wrist- like turn inward of the forward “feet” is a huge evolutionary jump; fish to amphibians Extraordinary subject and photo. But all the photos were beautiful. Would like to have known where they were taken.

  17. These, as always, are simply breath-taking! Thank you Dusky for finding and sharing these gems! I wanted to play with a lot of these, altho they may not have returned the desire. Lorie

  18. I WOULD LOVE TO PURCHASE A BOOK WITH ALL “SEA CREATURES” FOR MY GRANDCHILDREN. IS THAT POSSIBLE? IF NOT I HOPE THIS WILL BE SOMETHING YOU WILL CONSIDER DOING IN THE FUTURE.
    LOVE THIS SITE. WONDERFUL PHOTOS AND IT IS AWESOME!!

  19. Mollie,
    I’m glad you are enjoying the sea creatures post. However, I don’t take these pictures, I collect them where I find them on the internet and post them to my site. When I know who took the picture I give attribution, but unfortunately, most of the images I find have no attribution. If you go to any of the sea creatures posts on my site, find something you really like that says who took the pic, and then google that person, you can probably find a way to a book like that. Here’s a link to sea creature posts from my site. http://www.duskyswondersite.com/?s=sea+creatures&submit=Search

  20. One of the best collections of beautiful sea creatures that I’ve seen. Thank you for gathering and posting these, Dusky. Check out Susan Middleton’s photographic masterpieces in her book SPINELESS: THE BACKBONE OF LIFE published by Harry Abrams. Can’t get enough of these images. To think that they are actually living organisms who share the planet with us humans is really mind-bending. Some of my paintings incorporate these gorgeous creatures, like “Important Conversation” on my website http://www.cybermuse.com/blog/2012/9/4/in-praise-of-water.html

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