Self-taught photographer after sunset Steven Kovacs dives into the open ocean around Palm Beach to shoot the tiny, nondescript creatures that soar in the depths. He has spent the past eight years blackwater diving about 730 feet off the east coast of Florida. The point is to “float near the surface from 0 to 100 feet over very deep water at night”. Often times, Kovac frames species rarely seen by humans and shoots the larval fish against the dark background in a way that highlights the most noticeable aspects of their bodies, including wispy, translucent fins, iridescent features, and bulbous eyes.
With no formal training in marine biology, Kovacs often seeks help from scientists around the world in identifying many of the rare fish he photographs. Topping his list for future encounters are three species of eels and the female ceiling octopus, a creature known for revealing one billowing membrane this is shown above.
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