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I’m marine biologist, explorer and underwater photographer, head of the divers’ team at Moscow State University’s White sea biological station. My team and I are used to diving in unfavourable and often harsh conditions where we successfully conduct complex research projects. My own goal is to study underwater life through camera lenses and to boost people’s interest in marine biology, sharing all my finding on social media and in real life through public lectures, exhibitions and media events. I have the amazing opportunity to see beauty in the darkness underwater, and this led me to multiple collaborations with the National Geographic, Discovery Channel, the BBC, Nature, Smithsonian and many more.

I’m also leading Aquatilis Expedition. It represents a new kind of research, one which perfectly blends art and science, and one which involves both regular people and the top minds in the scientific community. We’re preparing to launch in late 2016 as an international team of divers, scientists and videographers on a proposed three-year-long, 35,000-nautical-mile ocean trek to find new species and photograph sea creatures as never before.


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This is a Clione limacina or Sea angel - tiny pteropod mollusk, beautiful swimmer, perfect hunter and one of the most amazing creatures I ever met in the World ocean. And it ‘s just one of the countless species inhabiting the world we didn’t even explore. To date, we have studied less than five per cent of the ocean. I have the chance to explore this unseen realm, along with other scientists and adventurers and not only discover all this hidden beauty in the deep, but to share everything with you. Check the gallery – I bet you will find some of the most interesting, strange and awesome sea beasts there.

(In development, I'm slowly adding images to the galleries) 

You can always buy prints on Artflakes or digital copies directly from me and print them yourself. I also give lectures about the underwater world in schools and universities around the world, if you want to listen to interesting stories or impress your curious kids – drop me a line. I’m open to any kind of collaboration.


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