Arctic Biologist Shares Astonishing Sea Creatures With the World
by Pete Brook
There is no road to the White Sea Biological Station, which sits at latitude 66° N on the cusp of the Arctic Circle. Located on the shores of its namesake, the White Sea, the only way to get there is by boat in summer and snowmobile in winter since the waters of Kandalaksha Bay are frozen six months out of the year.
Inside the station is an unlikely photo studio where Alexander Semenov, 25, is sharing his stunning photographs of arctic sea creatures with the global online community.
“I’m trying to act like the Discovery channel, but as a single unit,” says Semenov.
A marine biologist, photographer and head of the WSBS deep-sea diving team, Semenov has been stationed at the WSBS since 2007. Over the years he’s developed a worldwide audience for his photography using Behance, Flickr and his personal blog and website.
“I think all the people in the world know how tigers and lions looks like, but only a few ever know about scyphozoan jellies…”
(photos: T - Alexander Semenov; BL - Semenov encountering a Giant Octopus, Octopus dofleini,; BM - Chirolophis japonicus; BR - Cyane capillata, up to 2 m in diameter and the tentacles can grow to 35 m)