A pharynx nephtis is seen in a lab image taken on July 28, 2008. The specimen was found burrowed beneath the seafloor of the White Sea, located near the northwest coast of Russia. (Flickr/Alexander Semenov)
The White Sea is home to more than 700 species of invertebrates, about 60 kinds of fish and five types of marine mammals, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Some of them look downright terrifying.
An extension of the Arctic Ocean, located near the northwest coast of Russia, the White Sea is frozen nearly all winter long, reaching just 21 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Great Soviet Encyclopedia.
Semenov braves the cold waters to uncover some of the most haunting creatures in the underwater kingdom. The ice is thick and diving conditions can be treacherous. “Diving under the ice is one of the most stupid ways to spend your time,” Semenov explains. “It’s hard, very cold and sometimes extremely dangerous. But the things you see compensate for all these shortcomings.”
For more information, please visit Semenov’s website at Clione.ru.
Hard coral lights up the ocean with colors, as a crab sits between branches. (Daniel Stoupin)