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Composite Image: Black Seadevil (Melanocetus sp) developmental stages Black Seadevil, Melanocetus sp., developmental stages from the Gulf of Mexico.  Depicting early developmental stages of the illicium and esca in the top three fishes &ndash; the oldest and most mature female fish is the bottom individual. Image courtesy of the DEEPEND project (www.deependconsortium.org). <br />
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Composite Image: Black Seadevil (Melanocetus sp) developmental stages

Black Seadevil, Melanocetus sp., developmental stages from the Gulf of Mexico. Depicting early developmental stages of the illicium and esca in the top three fishes – the oldest and most mature female fish is the bottom individual. Image courtesy of the DEEPEND project (www.deependconsortium.org).

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  1. This has got to be one of the most epic composite images ever. Posted 4 years ago
    1. The DEEPEND project has made 5 trips out to the Gulf of Mexico for research into how the Deep Water Horizon oil spill impacted the mesopelagic and benthopelagic communities there. My job is to help with the science of several specific projects and to photographically document the wildlife with which we come into contact. The repeated visits have allowed me the opportunity to organize a series of composites showing various developmental stages of deep water species. I've got a bunch of new ones where I am missing just one stage. We go back out to sea in July - hopefully there will be a few life stages along that trip that will allow me to complete a few of the composites. I'll share what I get here. Posted 4 years ago
      1. For me even a single deep sea image is like seeing aliens, as almost nobody has access to this habitat. Seeing an entire life cycle in one go only adds to the magic. Posted 4 years ago
  2. Stunning species to work with*
    Fabulous work, cheers!
    Posted 4 years ago

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Uploaded Apr 29, 2018. Captured Sep 16, 2013 10:58.
  • SLT-A77V
  • f/22.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm