The creepiest photographs of things you can only see under a microscope

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Nikon just announced the winners for its 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition. It's basically a collection of the best images of things you can only see under a light microscope. Or better yet, it's the best photographs of things you can't actually see. Here are some fantastically creepy shots that were our favorites.

The picture above shows a worker ant taken by Dimitri Seeboruth.

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A parasitic wasp larva on the abdomen of a spider by Geir Drange (5x)

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A mouse foot showing blood vessels, immune cells and soft tissue. By Dr. Andrew J. Woolley, Himanshi Desai and Dr. Kevin Otto

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Mites on a beetle. Taken by Nikola Rahme

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This spiky ball of fun is actually a 100x view of a fern sorus by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz

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Though it may look like a Pokemon, it's actually a rabbit embryo snapped by Dr. Gabriel G. Marins and Rob Bryson-Richardson

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A fish egg cluster by Dr. Jaime Gomez-Gutierrez

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On one particularly sunny day in one of the many tributaries of the great Mississippi, a cluster of fish eggs was born into the world. This cluster contained hundreds of soon-to-be young fish, all waiting for their chance to shine. But one particular fish egg was already starting to outshine the others.

"It sure is a good day to be a fish egg!" said the smiling fish egg. "I can't imagine a better place to be!"

But what the little fish egg didn't know was that this was not, in fact, a good place to be, as they would soon be eaten by a passing catfish.

The end.