Chances are you’ve never seen a Galápagos shark or come face-to-face with a raft of Steller sea lions. California-based photographer Richard Salas wants to give everyone the next best thing with a breathtaking series of photographs that capture life under the sea.
“I just want to introduce these animals to people who otherwise might not get to see them,” Salas writes on his website. “I want to show people that, at least on the quantum level, we are all made of the same stuff.”
Spending hundreds of hours in the Pacific Ocean, Salas has encountered all sorts of fascinating sea life, from giant seaweed to male seahorses taking care of their young. He’s also seen how habitat loss has affected the animals. With Luminous Sea, the last installment of his upcoming trilogy, Salas aims to help his underwater subjects by directing some of the profits to conservation group the Ocean Foundation.
Click through to see photos from the seven-year photo series and to preview Luminous Sea.