BLACKWATER

Tiny pelagic creatures like transparent larval fish, invertebrates and even cephalopods rise to the surface at night to feed in the dark waters, filling the water column with incredible subjects for photographers.


paper nautilus  credit: liang fu / coral reef image bank

paper nautilus
credit: liang fu / coral reef image bank

 
squid, raja ampat credit: tracey jennings / coral reef image bank

squid, raja ampat
credit: tracey jennings / coral reef image bank

 
Blanket octopus Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Blanket octopus
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
cleaner shrimp on fish credit: liang fu / coral reef image bank

cleaner shrimp on fish
credit: liang fu / coral reef image bank

 
squid, raja ampat credit: tracey jennings / coral reef image bank

squid, raja ampat
credit: tracey jennings / coral reef image bank

 
crevalle jack and jellyfish Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

crevalle jack and jellyfish
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
Blackwater credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

Blackwater
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

 
Anker's wire coral shrimp  credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

Anker's wire coral shrimp
credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

 
squid credit: the ocean agency / coral reef image bank

squid
credit: the ocean agency / coral reef image bank

 
nudibranch credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

nudibranch
credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

 
Jellyfish and Nautilus Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Jellyfish and Nautilus
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Flounder Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Flounder
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
Pair of ornate ghost pipefish  credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

Pair of ornate ghost pipefish
credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

 
squid, raja ampat credit: tracey jennings / coral reef image bank

squid, raja ampat
credit: tracey jennings / coral reef image bank

 
Blanket Octopus Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Blanket Octopus
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
credit: liang fu / coral reef image bank


credit: liang fu / coral reef image bank

 
Juvenile African Popamo credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

Juvenile African Popamo
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

 
Porcelain crab on soft coral  credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

Porcelain crab on soft coral
credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

 
Flounder Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Flounder
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank


credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

 
Siphonophore Hunting credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

Siphonophore Hunting
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

 
stacked nautilus and jellyfish Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

stacked nautilus and jellyfish
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

squid, raja ampat credit: tracey jennings / coral reef image bank

squid, raja ampat
credit: tracey jennings / coral reef image bank

 
Peacock flounder larvae Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Peacock flounder larvae
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
Lion fish  credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

Lion fish
credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

 
Juvenile Flying Gurnard credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

Juvenile Flying Gurnard
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

 
Anemone Polyp credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

Anemone Polyp
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

 
Squid with Stromatapod credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

Squid with Stromatapod
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

 
Cusk eel Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Cusk eel
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
Nudibranch  credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

Nudibranch
credit: wojtek Meczynski / coral reef image bank

 
credit: liang fu / coral reef image bank


credit: liang fu / coral reef image bank

 
Crustacean Riding On a Jellyfish credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

Crustacean Riding On a Jellyfish
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

 
Blanket Octopus Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Blanket Octopus
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
Blanket Octopus Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Blanket Octopus
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
paper nautilus on trash credit: liang fu / coral reef image bank

paper nautilus on trash
credit: liang fu / coral reef image bank

 
Flying fish and reflection Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Flying fish and reflection
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
squid, raja ampat credit: tracey jennings / coral reef image bank

squid, raja ampat
credit: tracey jennings / coral reef image bank

 
diamond squid Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

diamond squid
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
Jelly and caragnoid Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

Jelly and caragnoid
Credit: Mike Bartick / Coral Reef Image Bank

 
Shrimp Side Profile credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

Shrimp Side Profile
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

 
Blennie Hunting credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

Blennie Hunting
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

 
Shrimp Head On credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank

Shrimp Head On
credit: richard barnden / coral reef image bank