The cold, black environment in the depths of the sea is home to some of the planet's strangest creatures. Not only do these ocean dwellers survive in extreme conditions, but many also light up the dark void with bioluminescent organs.
Marine biologist Henry Compton was present on many of the early cruises in the Gulf of Mexico where these fish were collected for the first time. Compton spent hours in a darkroom he constructed beneath a stairwell at his laboratory photographing these amazing specimens.
Compton was also a talented artist, and he painted watercolors based on his photographs. He called the series of paintings "Fire in the Sea." The following are several paintings chosen from his collection.