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Sea lion carcass being devoured by starfish off the coast of California winner in photo competition

A terrifying depiction of a sea lion carcass being devoured by at least a dozen colored starfish on the seafloor of California’s Monterey Bay has won the “Aquatic Life” category in a photo contest.

The eerie photo was taken by wildlife photographer David Slater, who submitted it to the California Academy of Science Big photo contest

The bright orange, pink and blue starfish are bat stars — well-known ocean scavengers — that convert the inanimate body into energy and nutrients that are fed back into the marine food web.

“I knew this image was special when I first published it, but words can’t even describe how I feel to take first place in such a prestigious competition,” Slater, who lives in Monterey, shared on a note. Instagram account. after

The Big Picture Competition includes several categories, all themed in the wild, and the grand prize winner is a depiction of bees swarming together in a mating ball.

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A terrifying image of a sea lion carcass being devoured by at least a dozen colored starfish on the seafloor of Monterey Bay, California, has won the 'Aquatic Life' category in a photo contest

A terrifying image of a sea lion carcass being devoured by at least a dozen colored starfish on the seafloor of Monterey Bay, California, has won the ‘Aquatic Life’ category in a photo contest

Other winners included a photo of mutilated frogs, an underwater cave and a collage of insects killed by an outdoor lamp.

The top prize image, captured by Karine Aigner, is a moment rarely seen by humans – male cactus bees balling around a single female, fighting to be the sole mate.

However, the image of the dead sea lion tells a bittersweet story.

Though it’s a tragedy, the sea lion returns to the ocean it once called home.

The bat stars slowly consume the body, which not only provides them with nutrients, but also creates shelter for other sea creatures.

“While this scene may seem melancholy, don’t worry, the sea lion is giving back to the community it once swam with,” the competition organizers wrote on the Big Picture website.

The top prize image, captured by Karine Aigner, is a moment rarely seen by humans - male cactus bees form a ball around a single female, fighting to be the sole mate

The top prize image, captured by Karine Aigner, is a moment rarely seen by humans – male cactus bees form a ball around a single female, fighting to be the sole mate

A stunning photo of a European beaver attempting to knock down a nearly chewed-through tree while a nearby spider hangs in its web won first place in the 'Terrestrial Wildlife' category

A stunning photo of a European beaver attempting to knock down a nearly chewed-through tree while a nearby spider hangs in its web won first place in the ‘Terrestrial Wildlife’ category

‘When the bat stars have had their fill, any number of creatures, large and small, will [also] can derive energy and shelter from what remains for years to come.’

A stunning depiction of a European beaver attempting to knock over a nearly chewed-through tree while a spider hangs in its web nearby won first place in the ‘Terrestrial Wildlife’ category.

The scene was captured by Bence Mate, a Hungarian wildlife photographer.

“Once nearly extinct, the European beaver population is now thriving under new protections, opening up new photography opportunities,” reads the photo’s caption.

“The presence of this beaver isn’t the only moment that makes this shot special – a spider in its web clings to the nearly chewed-through tree, making for a spectacular, albeit short-lived, scene.”

Sitaram Raul, a wildlife photographer living in India, won the 'Frame With a Frame' category for his mesmerizing photo of a fruit bat soaring through a custard apple tree.

Sitaram Raul, a wildlife photographer living in India, won the ‘Frame With a Frame’ category for his mesmerizing photo of a fruit bat soaring through a custard apple tree. “A fruit bat majestically makes its way to a custard apple tree for a feast and sits perfectly within the canopy opening,” the contest organizers wrote.

And the only category focused on landscapes was won by Tom St. George, who submitted a breathtaking view of the underwater cave systems in Mexico's Riviera Maya.

And the only category focused on landscapes was won by Tom St. George, who submitted a breathtaking view of the underwater cave systems in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

Sitaram Raul, a wildlife photographer living in India, won the ‘Frame With a Frame’ category for his mesmerizing photo of a fruit bat soaring through a custard apple tree.

“A fruit bat majestically makes its way to a custard apple tree for a feast and sits perfectly within the canopy opening,” the contest organizers wrote.

‘It is no coincidence that the framing is so precise; the photographer spent nearly three weeks observing the behavior of these bats as they visited the fruit tree, learning their habits and finally snapping this photo when the moment came.”

And the only category focused on landscapes was won by Tom St. George, who submitted a breathtaking photo of the underwater cave systems in the Mexican Riviera Maya.

“By taking this image, the photographer wanted to highlight the incredible natural beauty in the underwater cave systems of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, but also highlight threats to the fragile ecosystem,” the caption reads.

'Insect Diversity' is the next category, which was won by 'a tragically beautiful carpet of insects'

‘Insect Diversity’ is the next category, which was won by ‘a tragically beautiful carpet of insects’

And the last category, human/nature, was won by a horrific scene of dead toads.

And the last category, human/nature, was won by a horrific scene of dead toads. “After their legs are removed for consumption, the frogs’ remains are thrown back into the water — a horrific swirl of spawn and entrails, expertly composed into a heartbreakingly tragic scene,” the caption reads.

‘Although these caves are an important part of the aquifer, they are under increasing tourist pressure, leading to over-development of the region. Construction is currently underway on a large-scale rail link across the entire Yucatan Peninsula, endangering both the jungle and cave and potentially driving out local Mayan communities.

‘Insect Diversity’ is the next category, which was won by ‘a tragically beautiful carpet of insects’ – a photo taken by Pål Hermansen.

“While cleaning up the light, the photographer discovered a veritable treasure trove of dead insects and decided to create this collage demonstrating the vast, if overlooked, diversity of tiny, winged insects,” the competition that accompanied the image is being organised.

And the last category, human/nature, was won by a horrific scene of dead toads.

This is Bence Mate’s second prize in the competition.

The image shows a group of frogs that were hunted by humans during the spawning season.

“After their legs are removed for consumption, the remains of the frogs are thrown back into the water — a horrific swirl of roe and entrails, expertly composed into a heartbreakingly tragic scene,” the caption reads.

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