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Photograph: Sam Mansfield / Marine Conservation Society

These spectacular photographs capture the colour and beauty of the UK’s marine wildlife

The Marine Conservation Society has released this dazzling selection of underwater images

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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What do you think is in this photograph? A kaleidoscope? A really, really wavy garm? An immersive art show, perhaps? No. None of those. In reality, it’a painted goby (a tiny fish) nestled in the shell of a dead sea urchin. The marvels of natural world, eh?

One of the most astonishing things about this technicolour shot is that it was taken right here in the UK. It features in a gallery of images of British marine wildlife compiled by the Marine Conservation Society to promote SeaSearch, a programme that aims to explore and document the UK’s seas. If the results are this spectacular, then we can really get behind it. You can browse more of the highlights below, like...

This shark on the prowl

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Photograph: Saeed Rashid / Marine Conservation Society

This cute bobtail squid

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Photograph: Saeed Rashid / Marine Conservation Society

This alien anemone

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Photograph: Kirsty Andrews / Marine Conservation Society

These two warring crabs 

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Photograph: Martin Stevens / Marine Conservation Society

A lonely starfish

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Photograph: Billy Arthur / Marine Conservation Society

Some squirts, sponges and seaweeds

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Photograph: Ally Moore / Marine Conservation Society

This very pretty sea slug 

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Photograph: Kirsty Andrews / Marine Conservation Society

This creepy cuttlefish

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Photograph: Saeed Rashid / Marine Conservation Society

This lobster sheltering in a diver’s torch

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Photograph: Dan Bolt / Marine Conservation Society

And this majestic humpback whale

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Photograph: Richard Shucksmith / Marine Conservation Society


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