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Some will meet you, with a little luck, on one of the upcoming summer dives. Others, due to shyness or danger, can only be admired in photos. The most curious and photogenic marine animals are the protagonists of the photos awarded by the competition of the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, which since 2005 selects the best underwater shots in different categories, from macros to portraits.

We offer you the 13 most beautiful images awarded in the last edition.

In the photo, a common seal (Phoca vitulina) immortalized in a kelp algae forest at the Cortes Bank, a series of submarine reliefs off San Diego (California) known for its rich biodiversity.

Ranked first in the "Macro" category, this anemone shrimp photographed in Puerto Galera, Philippines. Rarely this crustacean moves away from the stinging - but harmless, tentacles for its carapace - of the host. Being crouched here it keeps the predators away and gets food easily: it feeds on the leftovers that the anemone cannot ingest.

This type of relationship is known as commensalism (see other examples).

Another example of commensalism: an emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) between two nudibranchs, molluscs from which it receives protection and help to find food (and which in turn helps keep it clean). The photo, ranked second in the "Macro" category, was taken in the depths of Papua New Guinea.

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A porcelain crab (fam. Porcellanidae) together with an anemone off the island of Pescador, in the Philippines: here is the third shot classified in the "Macro" category. Note the perfectly "matching" livery of the two.

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A lionfish (Pterois volitans) wanders, undisturbed and strong of its venom, inside the ecosystem formed in the wreck of the Thistlegorm ship, a British merchant ship sunk in the Red Sea in 1941, today accessible to divers.

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Some long-backed dolphins (Stenella longirostris) in the waters of Hawaii: the shot took second place in the wide-angle category.

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Butterfly fish of the species Chaetodon lunula and angel fish in the photo of an Italian, Pietro Cremone, taken in the depths of the Red Sea, not far from Sharm el Sheik. Third classified in the "Wide-angle" category.

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Another young lion fish (or as some call it, scorpion fish). The black of the background is due to the fact that this is a night photo, taken in the depths of Honduras. First classified in the category "Portraits of fish or marine animals".

A small but fearsome blue-ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata) photographed not far from the island of Malapascua in the Philippines. A single bite of this cephalopod is potentially deadly to humans, even though the octopus is usually shy and hardly attacks first. The photo of an Italian was ranked second in the "Portraits" category.

See also the camouflage and transformist octopus

A jawfish ("jaw fish", in English) with an open mouth to hold its greatest treasure: the eggs of the unborn. It is the males in this species that take care of the eggs by brooding them in the "jaws" until they hatch and keeping them safe from predators.

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A Goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) swims in a "tunnel" of small fish off the coast of Florida. First place in the category dedicated to students.

A major hammerfish (Sphyrna mokarran) swims in the warm waters of the Bahamas. Second shot awarded in the "Students" category.

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A longimanus shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) photographed always in the waters of the Bahamas. This species is considered very aggressive and dangerous for survivors of air or naval disasters found at sea. But it moves very slowly. Third shot awarded in the "Students" category.

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We offer you the 13 most beautiful images awarded in the last edition.
In the photo, a common seal (Phoca vitulina) immortalized in a kelp algae forest at the Cortes Bank, a series of submarine reliefs off San Diego (California) known for its rich biodiversity.