Once he's captured their likeness, Ansarov returns them to the ocean. He only takes about 15 minutes for a shoot, too.
The motivation for the project, which is called "Zooids," came from his own children. Ansarov saw his kids approach them on the beach, curious about the unusual animals.
"Of course as parents we don't ever want our children to get stung, but I also don't want them to grow up with fear," he said. "So I decided to learn more about them first and then to examine them through my lens. This is when I am then able to educate them on this creature. It was at that time I fell in love."