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Another World. Part 2

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Unique creatures form the cold waters of the White sea
  • Underwater experiments, p.2
    Beautiful monsters from the White Sea, season 2011
  • Another part of photos of amazing underwater life from the cold water of the White sea. Tiny creatures live here in the environment you can hardly imagine: water temperature sometimes is below zero, darkness under 20m depth - there is absolutely no light there, strongest tidal currents flow for six hours four times a day. I work in these conditions too... but I have a dry suit, warm underwear and I spend only 1 or 2 hours there. So, there are some creatures much more specialized to live there than me:
  • Sarsia tubulosa (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa) 0,8 cm
  • Colony of very small crustaceans Ericthonius difformis (Crustacea, Amphipoda) 2-3 mm each
  • Hydrozoan colony of Ectopleura larynx (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa) 9-10 cm the whole colony
  • Young Cyanea capillata (Cnidara, Scyphozoa) 4 cm
  • Moon jelly Aurelia aurita (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa) 25-30 cm
  • Living fossil Hemithiris psittacea (Brachiopoda) 1,5 cm, this thing is much older than dinosaurs
  • Ambulacral legs of sea star Asterias rubens (Echinodermata) 6 cm
  • Nudibranch Coryphella polaris (Mollusca, Nudibranchia) eating hydrozoan polyp of Tubularia indivisa 
  • The same guys here, but much more beautiful. Very rare scene, really.
  • Nudibranch Coryphella polaris (Mollusca, Nudibranchia) 4 cm
  • Trees of gold on the back. Nudibranch Dendronotus frondosus (Mollusca, Nudibranchia) 2 cm
  • Jellyfish parasite Hyperia galba eating jelly's tentacle (Crustacea, Amphipoda) 0,4 cm
  • Dark side of Hyperiids. Inside the jelly.
  • Skeleton shrimp Caprella septentrionalis (Crustacea, Amphipoda) 1,2 cm
  • Huge deep water anemone Urticina felina (Cnidaria, Anthozoa) 30 cm
  • Unique basket star Gorgonocephalus arcticus (Echinodermata, Ophiuroidea) 25 cm
  • Living fireworks. Pair of stalked jellyfish Lucernaria quadricornis (Cnidaria, Stauromedusae) 4 cm
  • Very strange marine worm Pterosyllis finmarchica (Polychaeta, Syllidae) 1,5 cm
  • Fluorescence of scaleworm Lepidonotus squamatus in UV light (Polychaeta, Polyniodae) 3 cm

  • This is only a small part of our underwater world. I'll show you more soon ;)
    Stay tuned!

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