Pale Octopus Octopus pallidus Specimen No. 9; mantle is 4.5 inches long; Moonlight Bay Resort, Rye, Victoria, Australia

Pale Octopus Octopus pallidus Specimen No. 9; mantle is 4.5 inches lengthy; Moonlight Bay Resort, Rye, Victoria, Australia

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“Nature loves to cover” — a well-known quote by Heraclitus

Liittschwager’s response: “I wish to see.”

“That license to stare that photographers have? I’ve at all times favored that,” David Liittschwager tells NPR. “You are not often given the permission to actually, actually have a look at any person. My job is to truly actually stare at octopus, seahorse, jellyfish.”

Liittschwager, a photographer for Nationwide Geographic, spent 12 years photographing octopuses, seahorses and jellyfish at greater than 28 areas across the globe together with his transportable 500-pound picture studio.

Western Spiny Seahorse Hippocampus angustus Specimen Nos. 78, 79 male and female 3.25 inches tall; Seahorse World, Beauty Point, Tasmania, Australia

Western Spiny Seahorse Hippocampus angustus Specimen Nos. 78, 79 female and male 3.25 inches tall; Seahorse World, Magnificence Level, Tasmania, Australia

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On this e book, Octopus, Seahorse, Jellyfish, which options essays written by best-selling science writers Elizabeth Kolbert, Jennifer Holland and Olivia Judson, Liittschwager captures greater than 135,000 exposures utilizing mild and condenser lenses to create the white background that may be seen in a lot of the photographs it options. Lots of the seahorses and a lot of the jellyfish had been shot utilizing massive condensers to seize the element of small hairs and translucent tissue.

“As a result of they’re shifting (sea creatures) and generally quick and small, there’s a complete lot of issues you’ll be able to by no means see in life,” Liittschwager tells NPR. “You need to get it as a nonetheless — a excessive decision nonetheless {photograph} can reveal components of those creatures that in any other case would stay unseen.”

Flower Hat Jelly Olindias formosaSpecimen No. 246; bell is 2.5 inches across; Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

Flower Hat Jelly Olindias formosaSpecimen No. 246; bell is 2.5 inches throughout; Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

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“A pregnant male seahorse, a shape-shifting octopus and a jellyfish that may cleave off a bit of itself to make one other have been wondrous sights to behold.”

From French Polynesia to Tasmania and southern Spain — to checklist just a few — Liittschwager’s writes in his e book in regards to the locations he is traveled to seize almost 500 completely different specimens, with the assistance of aquarists, scientists and collectors alongside the best way. His aim, he says, is to indicate the world what’s actually there.

As Elizabeth Kolbert writes within the e book’s ahead, “The pictures are a possibility to discover the improbable world that exists underneath the floor of the seas.”

In a world the place marine life is impacted by local weather change, overfishing, ocean acidification, oil spills and plastic waste, Liittschwager says his hope is that the e book will encourage extra affection for underwater creatures.

Octopus

California Two-Spot Octopus Octopus bimaculoides Specimen No. 26; mantle is 3.5 inches long; Oakley Evolution Lab, University of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States

California Two-Spot Octopus Octopus bimaculoides Specimen No. 26; mantle is 3.5 inches lengthy; Oakley Evolution Lab, College of California, Santa Barbara, California, United States

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Rock Tako Octopus oliveri Specimen No. 3; mantle is 2.25 inches long; Kewalo Basin Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Rock Tako Octopus oliveri Specimen No. 3; mantle is 2.25 inches lengthy; Kewalo Basin Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Day Octopus Octopus cyanea Specimen No. 29; mantle is 2 inches long; Dive Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

Day Octopus Octopus cyanea Specimen No. 29; mantle is 2 inches lengthy; Dive Gizo, Ghizo Island, Solomon Islands

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Southern Keeled Octopus Octopus berrima Specimen No.7; mantle is 2.25 inches long; Moonlight Bay Resort, Rye, Victoria, Australia

Southern Keeled Octopus Octopus berrima Specimen No.7; mantle is 2.25 inches lengthy; Moonlight Bay Resort, Rye, Victoria, Australia

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Seahorse

Pot-Bellied Seahorse Hippocampus abdominalis Specimen No. 70; male giving birth; 5.5 inches tall.

Pot-Bellied Seahorse Hippocampus abdominalis Specimen No. 70; male giving start; 5.5 inches tall.

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Pot-Bellied Seahorse Hippocampus abdominalis Specimen No. 72; male; hatchlings are 0.75 inch overall length; Seahorse World, Beauty Point, Tasmania, Australia

Pot-Bellied Seahorse Hippocampus abdominalis Specimen No. 72; male; hatchlings are 0.75 inch total size; Seahorse World, Magnificence Level, Tasmania, Australia

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Pot-Bellied Seahorse Hippocampus abdominalis Specimen No. 54; 4 inches tall; Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California

Pot-Bellied Seahorse Hippocampus abdominalis Specimen No. 54; 4 inches tall; Aquarium of the Pacific, Lengthy Seaside, California

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Line Seahorse Hippocampus erectus Specimen No. 11; 6 inches tall; Birch Aquarium Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

Line Seahorse Hippocampus erectus Specimen No. 11; 6 inches tall; Birch Aquarium Scripps Establishment of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

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Jellyfish

Cannonball Jellyfish Stomolophus meleagris Specimen No. 240; bells are 3 inches across; Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

Cannonball Jellyfish Stomolophus meleagris Specimen No. 240; bells are 3 inches throughout; Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

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Scyphozoan Jellyfish Rhopilema sp. Specimen No. 256; 3.5 inches overall length; Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

Scyphozoan Jellyfish Rhopilema sp. Specimen No. 256; 3.5 inches total size; Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

David Liittschwager/Nationwide Geographic

Comb Jelly Bolinopsis infundibulum Specimen No. 258; 2.5 inches overall length; Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

Comb Jelly Bolinopsis infundibulum Specimen No. 258; 2.5 inches total size; Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

David Liittschwager/Nationwide Geographic

Moon Jelly Aurelia sp. Specimen No. 266; 4.5 inches across; from Palau; Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

Moon Jelly Aurelia sp. Specimen No. 266; 4.5 inches throughout; from Palau; Kamo Aquarium, Tsuruoka, Yamagata, Japan

David Liittschwager/Nationwide Geographic

Common Octopus Octopus vulgaris Specimen No. 12; mantle is 3.5 inches long; Florida Keys Marine Life, Big Pine Key, Florida, United States

Widespread Octopus Octopus vulgaris Specimen No. 12; mantle is 3.5 inches lengthy; Florida Keys Marine Life, Large Pine Key, Florida, United States

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David Liittschwager’s e book, Octopus, Seahorse, Jellyfish, was printed on April 5, 2022, by Nationwide Geographic. Liittschwager’s pictures has been exhibited at main museums, together with the American Museum of Pure Historical past in New York Metropolis and the Smithsonian Nationwide Museum of Pure Historical past in Washington, D.C., and he continues to work on his “One Cubic Foot” challenge.

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