Larval Squid, Coast of Kailua Kona, Hawaii, USA

“This image was captured during an evening dive in water where the largest migration on Earth occurs nightly," said Nature's Best Photographer Joshua Lambus. The migration he speaks of is the diel migration, when squids, copepods and other animals migrate to the surface at night to feed and then back down to the depths during the day. "This miniscule squid was less than an inch long, transparent, and highly reflective, which made proper exposure extremely difficult. Over hundreds of dives, I have become familiar with this species, its inherent shyness, and the varying range of exposure requirements. Albeit challenging, photographing unusual subjects in new frontiers keeps me shooting.” See more winners of the Ocean Views 2012 photo contest.

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