Flying Flock of Fish?Credit: Matt Potenski
An underwater shot of a school of fish swimming in a grove of red mangroves seems to capture the fish in midflight.
This photograph, taken in the Bahamas by Matt Potenski of New Jersey, took second place in the annual underwater photography contest held by the University of Miami Rosentiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science.
Fan Favorite Credit: Todd Aki
This amazing jellyfish photograph received nearly half of the 1,221 online votes in the underwater photography contest. The photo was taken by Todd Aki from Florida.
Shocking Shrimp Credit: Marcello DiFrancesco Snagging third place in the Macro category: an Emperor shrimp, Periclimenes imperator taken by Marcello DiFrancesco (Italy) in Ambon, Indonesia.
Wide Angle Credit: Mark Fuller
First place in the Wide Angle category went to this Lionfish, a species in the genus Pterois, in the Red sea, taken by Mark Fuller from Israel.
Nudi … branch Credit: Nicholas Samaras
This nudibranch ( Cratena peregrina) won third place in the animal portrait category. It was taken by Nicholas Samaras of Greece in Chalkidiki, Greece. This species is distinguished by two bright-orange marks at the base and tip of each of its tentacle-like structures called rhinophores. C. peregrina is argued to be hermaphrodite.
Big Baby Credit: Douglas Kahle
Though this animal doesn’t look like a tot, indeed the behemoth is just a babe, a juvenile sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). The photo, taken in Dominica by Douglas Kahle of Florida took home first place in the animal portrait category.
Dainty Crab Credit: Davide Lopresti
Davide Lopresti of Spain captured this porcelain crab hanging out on a feathery sea pen in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. The photo won second place in the macro category.