Wunderpus adults dwell mostly on coral reef sands, but in their juvenile stages, they float in the open waters. They also have a transparent body with its chromatophores concentrated in the brain and the digestive glands. Add to that its small body size, it will be very difficult to locate in black water. Like an Dancer, the Wunderpus exhibits great flexibility in its limbs, wriggling them smoothly without any restraint. It also sprays sudden bursts of water to jet around, making it very difficult to capture its sphinx-like symmetry. In this shot, I deliberately photographed its limbs to emphasize the Wunderpus’s beauty with its symmetry, I also utilized the depth of field to further highlight the tiny critter’s features.
Author: As an underwater photographer, Cai is very keen in blackwater diving where he is able to explore different kinds of marine life. He is also fond of blackwater photography because for him, it is one of the mediums where in the wonder of these sea creatures are emphasized, as the stars shine brighter in the pitch black skies, the dark seas also give his photo subjects this unique glow that can only be attained in black waters. In the recent years, Cai’s work have been featured in various magazines and marine research books with some even winning awards in various international competitions.