Growing up in northern Norway, Scientist Audun Rikardsen has long had a deep fascination with the whales that live just off of the Arctic coast and their mysterious lives. The same year that he became a Biology professor in 2010 he also took up nature photography as a way of documenting his discoveries, adventures and as a way of memorising important moments and showing them to the public.
Aside from being fascinating to look at Rikardsen's photographs of deep water creatures, particularly whales, have a scinetific research purpose too. When humpbacks dive down they sometimes reveal fingerprint-like patterns on the underside of their tail which is unique to that animal and serves as a sort of identity card, something that Rikardsen is sometimes lucky enough to capture. You can see more of his work on his website and on Facebook.