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“This Isn’t CGI”: Video Of A Real-Life Creature Known As A Sea Angel Hovering Under Ice In The White Sea Goes Viral
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“This Isn’t CGI”: Video Of A Real-Life Creature Known As A Sea Angel Hovering Under Ice In The White Sea Goes Viral

Alexander Semenov is a marine biologist, specializing in invertebrates. He’s the head of the divers’ team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station where he organizes and manages all sorts of work, often diving in harsh conditions.

Semenov is also a professional photographer. With over 9 years of experience under his oxygen tank, he’s mostly interested in scientific macrophotography in natural environments. “This practice makes it possible to observe animals that cannot be properly studied under laboratory conditions, such as soft-bodied planktonic organisms or stationary life forms living on the seafloor,” the diver explained on his flickr profile. “My personal goal is to study underwater life through camera lenses and to boost people’s interest in marine biology. I do this by sharing all my findings through social media and in real life, through public lectures, movies, exhibitions, and various media events.”

The video clip you’ll find below is perfect proof that Semenov loves what he does as much as the sea itself. During one of his dives under the ice in the White Sea in Russia, Semenov recorded a creature known as the sea angel. The high-quality footage reveals the tiny sea slug’s beauty as well as Semenov’s incredible skill controlling the camera.

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Watch the video below

Image credits: Aquatilis

The diver also shared a detailed description of the tiny creature he recorded

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

Semenov and his team have created their own popular science project, called Aquatilis. “The aim of the project is finding, studying, and photographing the most interesting and unusual denizens of the ocean,” he said. Not only do they photograph animals and tell people all about the underwater world, but they also act as science ambassadors, revealing what it takes to start exploring the ice under the Northern lights and staying open, focused, and full of enthusiasm.

The diver said he and his teammates became scientists and travelers because they were inspired by the adventures of Jacques Yves Cousteau and his team and the books of Jules Verne and Thor Heyerdahl. Now, according to Semenov, it is time for the new generation of explorers to tell all about their adventures to kids and teens so they too can become whatever it is they dare to dream of.

Semenov is the head of the divers’ team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station where he organizes and manages all sorts of work, often diving in harsh conditions

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

In an interview with EIZO, Semenov said that in the underwater world you never can get what you see by your own eyes. “Even the most modern cameras go crazy – white balance and colors are always shifted, some colors in the spectrum just disappear because of light absorption by the seawater. That’s why it’s almost impossible to get a good image without proper editing (sometimes, really heavy editing). The main goal is to get not only proper colors, but to make your picture shine and look natural, without over-editing – that’s what every wildlife photographer wants. As a final result, all these images will be in the books, exhibitions, galleries and magazines, so you need to be sure that your pictures look great not only on the screen, but as physical prints too.”

He’s also been a professional underwater photographer for over 9 years

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

Image credits: Alexander Semenov

People were in awe after seeing Semenov’s footage

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ember avery
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the fact that it's only about 3-5 cm makes it more incredible in my opinion

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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was just watching an EVNautilus marathon on YouTube then decided to come to BP to get something different and this was the first article that popped up, haha. Pleasantly disappointed.

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ember avery
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

the fact that it's only about 3-5 cm makes it more incredible in my opinion

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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I was just watching an EVNautilus marathon on YouTube then decided to come to BP to get something different and this was the first article that popped up, haha. Pleasantly disappointed.

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