Strange seal ‘ballet’ underneath Antarctic iceberg revealed in breathtaking photo

A stunning image showing a group of seals swimming in sync beneath an Antarctic iceberg has captured a major photography award.

The ethereal photograph, taken by French photographer Greg Lecouer underneath an iceberg, shows four crabeater seals drifting in the frigid waters.

Lecouer’s picture, titled “Frozen Mobile Home,” was selected by judges from among more than 5,500 submissions representing photographers from 70 countries, according to the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020 website.

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In “Frozen Mobile Home,” crabeater seals cavort under an iceberg, near Antarctica. This mesmerizing image earned Greg Lecoeur the title of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2020.
(© Copyright Greg Lecoeur/UPY2020)

“The balletic rhythm of these crabeater seals and the ethereal landscape of the pitted iceberg creates a composition that draws you into a corner of the world that few people have witnessed. The multiple subjects take my eyes on a journey through the frame and into the icy ocean of Antarctica,” said Alex Mustard, one of the contest judges, in a statement.

Lecoeur said in a statement that “little is known about how wildlife thrives around these mobile homes. Icebergs fertilize the oceans by carrying nutrients from land that spark blooms of marine life and also provide homes for larger animals, like these crabeater seals.”

Nicholas More, who won the British Underwater Photographer of the Year, snapped a gorgeous picture of a group of rabbit fish underneath a jetty in Indonesia.

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"Rabbit Fish Zoom Blur" incorporated motion blur to highlight a school of rabbitfish, captured in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. 

“Rabbit Fish Zoom Blur” incorporated motion blur to highlight a school of rabbitfish, captured in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. 
(Copyright Nicholas More/UPY 2020)

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“I have been taking motion blur pictures for a few years now. I like how the technique adds dynamism to pictures” More said in a statement.

All of this year’s winners can be seen in the UPY image gallery online.

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