Shelled Pteropods

United States
The creature's translucence is an apt metaphor.
North Carolina,
United States
The vast expanse of the world's seas are unknown, and due to human limitations, unknowable. This aptly named 'naked sea butterfly' will be extinct if/when humans actively stop destroying the oceans. The death rate in the seas is enormous. We'd better take photos now, and quickly.
Spain
This picture represents how most of the planet biodiversity is not formed by large and emblematic vertebrates, but by generally unknown species. Furthermore, many of these species are extinguishing even before we know they exist! -fernando alda (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)
United Kingdom
Its pretty cool
Kentucky,
United States
It shows that there are amazing creatures that we don't even know about being destroyed.
Maryland,
United States
The things we don't see routinely are far more important to be aware of than the large things we see all the time...if the "invisible" goes away, the "visible" won't be far behind!
Ohio,
United States
The blackness shrouding this ethereal sea creature evokes the vanishing world of the earth's oceans.
Pennsylvania,
United States
Unfamiliar to me and perhaps never to be seen again.
United States
I chose this image because it is the most unique and lesser known species. Ocean acidification problems do not get as much attention as they should.
Maryland,
United States
The (almost) empty space shows the vanishing sea world.
Pennsylvania,
United States
This picture shows something that most people haven't seen.
Florida,
United States
All of these images portray a vanishing world beautifully. I feel the one I chose shows how simultaneously delicate and beautiful our ecosystems can be.
Indiana,
United States
It looks like a ghost
Italy
I think this image represents best the vanishing world because of the contrast between the main opponent characters of the picture: Light and Darkness. It makes me think of magic, and the fairy tales that I used to read when I was a little girl, in which the light no matter how big could it be, it always shines in the dark when every good seems to vanish into the shadow.
California,
United States
An acidic ocean dissolves any calcium found in marine organisms as sea shells and their veligers (just hatched zooplankton with thin calcium shells)
United States
Ocean acidification is such a widespread problem that we are already experiencing. We need to take action now to help protect oceans in the future.
United States
This portrait promotes awareness of small, delicate, and beautiful invertebrate creatures that could vanish without many people knowing of their existence or importance. It highlights the issue of ocean acidification, another not well known phenomenon that is affecting marine live presently. Finally, it is a symbol of the cascading effects that our changing ocean habitat can have on a complex food web of characters, from the beautiful and ugly, to the small and large, and everything in between.
Virginia,
United States
This is an organism that may disappear even before people are aware of its existence.
Virginia,
United States
Its a beautiful specimen with a glowing light yet surrounded by darkness. I think it fits the narrative of how the wonders of nature are slowly being pushed into extinction.
California,
United States
Pteropods are being impacted by ocean acidification, which is an emerging threat to the world's ocean.

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