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Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017: Shipwrecks, killer whales and a giant octopus

International Business Times Logo By Alex Wheeler of International Business Times | Slide 2 of 32: Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017: "Dancing Octopus" by Gabriel Barathieu (France)

French diver Gabriel Barathieu's photograph of a hunting octopus triumphed over 4500 underwater pictures entered by photographers from 67 different countries. The "Dancing Octopus" was taken in the lagoon of the tiny island of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean. Barathieu explains that he "had to wait for a low spring tide when the water was just 30cm deep (1 foot) so that the octopus would fill the water column. I got as close as possible with a wide angle lens to create this image, which makes the octopus look huge. Both balletic and malevolent, this image shows an octopus that really means business as it hunts."

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