First place at Wetpixel #356

 

For the second time in 8 weeks one of my images was voted to the top of the Wetpixel Piture of the Week competition.

The theme of the week was 'Starfish', and I had incredible response on my picture of an Asterias rubens larvae entitled "Alien".

Comments started coming immidiately, and I have never had as many on one single picture in this competition before.

Thanks to everyone who voted and commented my picture!

Comments included statements like 'Ooo WOW', 'I don't think I need to wait to vote', 'Amazing photo', 'Fantastic picture' and 'Not that Scuba Sapiens again! Very nice Christian' from Alex Mustard.

It's extremely gratifying to have so many people commenting on the images - thank you again! 

 
ALIEN: This image of a starfish larvae (Asteria rubens) voted first in the Wetpixel POTW competition #356.

The 1-inch starfish larvae was photographed in shallow water just off the pier at Gulen Dive Resort on the Norwegian west coast, 1 1/2 hours north of Bergen.

Starfish live pelagically for the first 2-3 weeks of their lives, with a completely alien-looking set of appendages (if caught from the right angle!) attached to the actual starfish (in yellow).

When the larvae settle on the seabed, the appendages die off, and the little five-armed predator is ready to go.

A total of 55 pictures competed this week, and this was my fifth win at Wetpixel in 2010. Here are the top three images:




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