You may think this photo was posed, but it wasn't. The shot was taken during the 100th anniversary celebration of the birth of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. The photo was captured by RIA Novosti photo correspondent Ilya Pitalev.
These glowing squid live in the Sea of Japan. Each year, from March through June, you can see them glowing brilliantly in the water. Known as Hotara Ika Firefly Squid, they come to the surface of the water at night to search for prey.
It may look like something out of a nightmare, but this photo of a dead whale washed ashore is real. It's rare that we get to see whales up close, so this image is stunning and startling. This looks to be a blue whale, which can grow up to 100 feet long and can weigh up to 200 tons.
This breathtaking photo is the work of Enric Adrian Gener. Gener, who is from Spain, is based in Sydney, Australia. He shoots lots of underwater and photography. Here, he captured a very different kind of sea horse.
The sculpture in this photo is titled “Vicissitudes” and is the work of Jason de Caires Taylor. The sculpture was created in 2007 and is the first underwater sculpture park. Each figure is a life-size cast taken of children from diverse backgrounds. Many people first assumed that the piece was about the slave trade, but de Caires Taylor clarified that that was not his intent.
Yes, that's a flock of flamingos, and yes, they're in a shape that looks all too much like a flamingo. This photo, by Robert B. Haas, was taken in the Gulf of Mexico. The flamingo flock was shifting shape, and the photo is a result of being in the right place at the right time.
Photographer Hiroki Kondo captured this image, and calls this landscape "the blue universe." You're actually seeing about 4.5 million wildflowers at the Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan. The flowers bloom from late April through early May, creating this vivid blue appearance.
This scene, like something out of your worst nightmare, is 100% real. It's a volcanic eruption in Iceland, and the photo was taken by Sigurdur Stefnisson. What an incredible reminder of how powerful nature is.
Are you seeing things? Does this staircase seem to go on forever? It's actually the work of sculptor David McCracken. This piece, located in Australia, is actually an optical illusion. The staircase decreases in size as it progresses, giving the impression that it goes on forever.
Photographer Clark Little captures the moments that few people are ever lucky enough to witness. Little, a daredevil photographer, gets inside waves and captures the moment that they break. His photos look too perfect to be real, but they are.