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Amazing Underwater Photos of Ocean Creatures

Check out these incredible images by photojournalist Brian Skerry, and help select which photographs will appear in an upcoming exhibit

Hermit Crab

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(Brian Skerry )

This little hermit crab—about the size of a grain of rice—was a difficult subject for Skerry. The tiny crustacean only pops his head out every so often to feed.

The crab, photographed in Japan, occupies a tube on top of an old World War II engine. “This was a challenging photo to make. He only gives you a few seconds to capture the shot,” he says.

Changes to the ocean’s temperature and chemistry threaten the crab’s home in the reef.

Vote for this photo to appear in the Natural History Museum’s Portraits of Planet Ocean exhibit, set to open in February 2013!

About K. Annabelle Smith
K. Annabelle Smith

K. Annabelle Smith is a writer based in Santa Fe, New Mexico who covers a wide variety of topics for Smithsonian.com. Her work also appears in OutsideOnline.com and Esquire.com.

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