Bizarre sea creatures rarely seen are captured in photos

Sea creatures from the deep: A tasseled Scorpionfish off Reta Island near Alor, Indonesia. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: A Tasseled Scorpionfish at Coconut Point dive site, off Reta Island near Alor, Indonesia. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters

For more than 15 years, underwater photographer Colin Marshall has been on a mission to capture images of little-known sea creatures, many of them from his favorite diving spot off Lembeh, Indonesia.

Marshall, 52, who was born in Venezuela and schooled in the U.K., traveled the world before settling in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he has lived for the past 14 years.

He has made more than 500 dives and photographed some of the most bizarre-looking sea creatures, specimens that most people have probably never seen before.

"One attraction with underwater photography is that there is a very good chance that anyone with a camera can take an exceptional picture of a particular animal, simply because there are very few images of that animal in existence," Marshall told Caters News.

"If you are underwater in a place like Lembeh you have a chance in not just seeing an animal that few have seen but also take one of the first—and by definition the best—images of that animal.

"It's difficult to say that for, say, an image of an elephant or a sunset as there are many superb images of those already out there."

Fortunately, Marshall released through Caters a variety of the strange-looking sea creatures he's photographed.

"Some of the more alien-looking creatures are indeed very weird, but they are absolute testimony to the amazing nature of evolution, of how animals adapt to develop a certain skill or ability to survive in a particular environment better than their competition," he said.

"These animals are truly beautiful, notwithstanding most also being ruthless, violent and savage predators."

Sea creatures from the deep: A Schmeltz Discodoris Nudibrach in Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia. A  Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: A Schmeltz Discodoris Nudibrach at Rojos dive site, in Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia. A Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: Anne's Chromodoris Nudibranch in Tanjung Slope dive site, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: Anne’s Chromodoris Nudibranch in Tanjung Slope dive site, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: A Decorator Crab with anemones in off Pantar Island near Alor, Indonesia. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: A Decorator Crab with Anemones in off Pantar Island near Alor, Indonesia. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: A pair of Harlequin shrimp in undisclosed location. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: A pair of Harlequin Shrimp in undisclosed location. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: A Stigma Egg Cowrie, camouflaged on soft coral. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: A Stigma Egg Cowrie, camouflaged on soft coral. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: A Flying Gurnard displaying wings on black sand at Rojos dive site in Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters
Sea creatures from the deep: A Flying Gurnard displaying wings on black sand at Rojos dive site in Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photo: Colin Marshall/Ardea/Caters

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