Underwater photographer snaps portraits of camouflaged wonders playing hide and seek in the depths

For this sharp-eyed underwater photographer, some of his favorite works come from playing game of hide and seek with a variety of marine subjects.

In Scott Tuason’s fascinating portrait shots, camouflaged fish are barely visible, as they poke their heads through the sandy sea bed, nooks and crannies.

PIC BY SCOTT TUASON / CATERS

PIC BY SCOTT TUASON / CATERS

In some, it’s the large eyes that give the fish away, while in others, slight differences in colour is what can make them visible.

Scott, 50, who shot the images off Gato Island in the Philippines, said: “I love hunting for stuff in the sand during night dives.

“Due to limited visibility, I get a kick out of spotting these comical creatures popping out of the sand – I actually laugh.”

PIC BY SCOTT TUASON / CATERS

PIC BY SCOTT TUASON / CATERS

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Scott has played hide and seek with a range of marine life – from jawfishes and eels to octopi and shrimps.

When photographing these creatures, Scott said, he aims for a straight-on portrait shot, so that the intricate details of faces can be seen.

Going forward, Scott plans to be on the lookout for more hidden gems.

He added: “I am sure on my next reef night dive I will be keeping an eye out for faces in the sand.

PIC BY SCOTT TUASON / CATERS

PIC BY SCOTT TUASON / CATERS

“You just never know what you are going to find and they live such interesting lives that we rarely get to see.

“The photos are just a snapshot of their intricate underwater lives.”