CELESTIAL TERRESTRIAL

SOUTHERN CALAMARI SQUID

SEPIOTEUTHIS AUSTRALIS

The alien-looking southern calamari squid is native to Australian and New Zealand coastlines. Its dot painting-like skin patterns are reminiscent of ancient Aboriginal paintings.

It took me several weeks of night dives and patience to achieve this unique portrait: when I shot this frame I was elated!!

Bushrangers Bay, Shellharbour, New South Wales
Nikon D810, Nikkor 105mm F/2.8 Micro, 1/250, f/25, ISO 100, 2 x Inon Z-220 strobes at half power, Aquatica Digital AD810 with low-profile macro lens port

by Matty Smith