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Russian scientist and undersea photographer Alexander Semenov is a zoologist who studies invertebrates, based at Russia’s White Sea Biological Station near the Polar Circle.  Semenov is chief of the dive team at the station, where he always has at hand a semi-professional camera complete with underwater housing and strobes.

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Semenov calls this recently posted series Worms Renaissance, writing that “creatures from dreams and nightmares are here. They are real and unbelievably beautiful.” They are macro shots of marine worms.

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See other creatures from Semenov’s undersea work on Flickr, Behance and 500px.

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Above: Semenov at work

Comments on whether these works are beautiful . . . or nightmarish to you?

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