The Portuguese Man o’ War is one of the most awesomely alien-looking creatures on the planet. It’s not a jellyfish, but a siphonophore, a colonial organism made up of specialized minute individual organisms called zooids, making it seem even more alien still. Photographer Aaron Ansarov carefully captures these otherworldly creatures for a jaw-droppingly beautiful photo series entitled Zooids.
An ex-military photographer with a lifelong fascination with marine life, Ansarov created a special light table that enables him to photograph the Man o’ War with extraordinary detail. They’re immediately released afterwards, and hopefully no one gets stung in the process.