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Underwater photos taken during the black water dives frame the breathtaking diversity of the Atlantic Ocean

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April 29, 2021

Grace Ebert

Female ceiling octopus in Palm Beach, Florida. All images licensed, © BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs

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.

Prints of Kovacs’ pictures are available from Blue planet, and you can keep up with his underwater excursions Instagram.

Male paper nautiluses, Argonauta species, in Palm Beach, Florida. © BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs

Acanthonus armatus, the hypelagic species of hump eel, in Palm Beach, Florida. © BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs

Left: Ribbonfish in Palm Beach, Florida. Right: F.ish in the Ipnops family in Palm Beach, Florida. © BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs

Brotulotaenia species of Cusk eel in Palm Beach, Florida. © BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs

Larval Wonderpus in Anilao, Philippines. © BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs

Larval Pancake Batfish in Palm Beach, Florida. © BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs

Tripod fish in Palm Beach, Flordia. © BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs

Larval flounder in Palm Beach, Florida. © BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs

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