The Importance of having Tentacles

Following a recent trip to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award at the Natural History Museum (brilliantly sponsored by Veolia Environnement this year rather than some oil giant) I started thinking about which creatures are most interesting to photograph. Rest assured there will be a rant/alternative winners list for WPOTY at some point, just not tonight!

I think that generally sea creatures which aren’t fish, and also insects make for interesting picture – insects because of the need to take a close look at something which rapidly becomes alien and sea life because of its strangeness and because the lack of a backbone makes for some amazing shapes.

My all time favourite creature in this respect is the jellyfish. Its translucence creates some beautiful colours and textures while the tentacles make visible the current and pulses of the ocean and the creature itself. It’s such a harmnious visualisation of life and environment.

With that in mind, here are some of my favourite Creative Commons flickr pictures:

Jellyfish 1 - eqqman

Jellyfish 1 - eqqman

Fluorescent Jellyfishes - Nicholas Hoizey

Fluorescent Jellyfishes - Nicholas Hoizey

Jellyfish stranded in Denmark - Admean

Jellyfish stranded in Denmark - Admean

Vida e Muerte - pericomart

Vida e Muerte - pericomart

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