20 Underwater Pictures That Reveal The Treasures Of The Deep

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Underwater Photography Contest 2016 give us a peek into a mesmerising world that few have seen. Among the subjects photographed is this curious-looking (very tiny) marine creature that inhabits Jellyfish Lake in Palau, Micronesia. Look like they belong in a sci-fi movie, don't they?

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Seals give puppy-dog-eyes a run for their money. Marine mammal medic Sara Bowring spotted this goo-goo-eyed creature while diving near the Farne Islands, England. © UPY/Sara Bowring Seals give puppy-dog-eyes a run for their money. Marine mammal medic Sara Bowring spotted this goo-goo-eyed creature while diving near the Farne Islands, England. © UPY/Sara Bowring[/caption]

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The creatures that inhabit Jellyfish Lake in Palau, Micronesia, look like they belong in a sci-fi movie. © UPY/Behnaz Afsahi The creatures that inhabit Jellyfish Lake in Palau, Micronesia, look like they belong in a sci-fi movie. © UPY/Behnaz Afsahi[/caption]

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While swimming near the Caribbean island of Curacao, photographer Thomas Heckmann managed to capture the sweep of the island and its sunken treasure. © UPY/Thomas Heckmann While swimming near the Caribbean island of Curacao, photographer Thomas Heckmann managed to capture the sweep of the island and its sunken treasure. © UPY/Thomas Heckmann[/caption]

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It might look like a jalebi, but this is in fact, a nudibranch, a species of sea slug that’s known for its surreal colours. Here, the creature is surrounded by a ring of its beautiful eggs. Taken in Anilao, the Philippines. © UPY/Vania Kam It might look like a jalebi, but this is in fact, a nudibranch, a species of sea slug that’s known for its surreal colours. Here, the creature is surrounded by a ring of its beautiful eggs. Taken in Anilao, the Philippines. © UPY/Vania Kam[/caption]

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Not everybody likes to share food. Photographer Theresa Guise was observing a group of sharks feasting on tuna, when a gutsy turtle decided to join the party. Despite the sharks pushing the turtle away, it returned for seconds—when it was grabbed by the shell to get the message. Surprisingly, the turtle survived. Taken in Isla Guadalupe, Mexico. © UPY/Theresa Guise Not everybody likes to share food. Photographer Theresa Guise was observing a group of sharks feasting on tuna, when a gutsy turtle decided to join the party. Despite the sharks pushing the turtle away, it returned for seconds—when it was grabbed by the shell to get the message. Surprisingly, the turtle survived. Taken in Isla Guadalupe, Mexico. © UPY/Theresa Guise[/caption]

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Is it a boat? A squid? It’s actually a shark’s egg, often called the “mermaid’s purse”. Look closely at this catshark’s egg taken in Devon, England and you’ll notice the silhouette of a fish inside. © UPY/Dan Bolt Is it a boat? A squid? It’s actually a shark’s egg, often called the “mermaid’s purse”. Look closely at this catshark’s egg taken in Devon, England and you’ll notice the silhouette of a fish inside. © UPY/Dan Bolt[/caption]

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Shipwrecks, curious seals, sharks on a hunt—the winning images from the Underwater Photography Contest 2016 give us a peek into a mesmerising world that few have seen. Of the 80 winning images, these are some of our favourites.

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