Water tends to absorb light in the red portion of the visible spectrum, often giving the subjects of underwater marine photography a blue-green tint that can wash out their natural colors.

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To get around this problem, photographer Mark Laita places his subjects in a decidedly unnatural setting, using tanks, studio lighting and black backdrops to capture creatures' true hues. The results are nothing short of incredible.

These images are from a collection of photos assembled in Laita's recently published book, Sea

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[Spotted on New Scientist]