Jewels in the Night Sea by Photographer Ryo Minemizu

I do not think I am allowed to post these images online, but I mean, I am a rebel 😎 and besides, the world must know of life’s unfathomable beauties!!

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Japanese marine life photographer Ryo Minemizu focuses his lens on some of the tiniest and most abundant life forms in our oceans. His series Phenomenons explores the diverse beauty and extravagant colors of plankton, and is shot amongst the dark waters of the Osezaki sea near Mount Fuji and other coasts around Japan, the Philippines and Maldives.

To capture the small creatures Minemizu sets his shutter speed to just a fraction of a second, while ensuring that his own movements don’t disturb the surrounding organisms.

“Plankton symbolize how precious life is by their tiny existence,” he explains. “I wanted other people to see them as they are in the sea, so it was my motivation from the beginning to shoot plankton underwater, which is quite a challenge. Most plankton are small, and their movements are hard to predict.”

Tornaria larva of acorn worms (Krohn stage) April 2016 Palau

Eudoxid of Enneagonum hyalinum. Eudoxid is sexual reproduction stage.

It’s a marine benthos, inhabiting sand or under stone. Adults are long and slender, grotesque. However, some larvae are beautiful like this picture, and they are floating.

March, 2012 Yakushima Kagoshima, Japan.

Amazing! I’m all about science fiction, but whenever there is a popular article about anything space related I scoff, because here on Earth is where the real mysteries of unknown life lie swim.

You can see more of Minemizu’s underwater photography on Instagram and Twitter, with prints from his Phenomenons series available in his online shop 🐟🐟🐟

~ by Fionnlagh on August 7, 2019.

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