WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Behaviour: Invertebrates

Andrey Narchuk, Russia

Romance among the angels

He was meant to be filming salmon, but as soon as Andrey jumped in, he changed his mind. Surrounded by thousands of mating sea angels he quickly swapped to macro equipment. In strong currents, close to fishing nets, Andrey captured this little known and rarely photographed spectacle.

The following day, there wasn’t a single angel to be seen. Flying through the water on wing-like paddles, sea angels, Clione limacina, are molluscs related to slugs and snails. They are carnivorous, catching small sea snails, hooking them out of their shells and eating them whole. Thought to be hermaphrodites, individuals transfer sperm to one another in synchrony before laying 100 or so tiny eggs in the ocean.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II; 100mm f2.8 lens; 1/125 sec at f13; ISO 200; Nexus housing; two Inon strobes.


Sea of Okhotsk, near Sakhalin, Russia: latitude 52.551632, longitude 149.03854 Sea of Okhotsk, near Sakhalin, Russia: latitude 52.551632, longitude 149.03854

Sea of Okhotsk, near Sakhalin, Russia

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Andrey Narchuk

Andrey Narchuk, Russia

Andrey's photography has taken him on numerous trips around the globe. His interest began with a trip to the Red Sea in 2004 and he has since never missed an opportunity to dive with a camera into any body of water. He hopes to soon turn his photography hobby into a full-time career.