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Two years ago, award-winning photographer Seth Casteel became a viral sensation with his photos of dogs underwater. A book deal followed that resulted in the New York Times best-seller Underwater Dogs.

Casteel’s new book might just have the only photos cuter than underwater dogs — Underwater Puppies.

In an interview with David Greene from National Public Radio, Casteel talks about using rescue dogs in his photo shoots and just how someone goes about taking photos of dogs and puppies underwater, while they are swimming.

Here are a few highlights from that interview, which can be found at NPR.

On many of the book’s puppies being rescue dogs

“That’s another big part of why I wanted to make this book. I got started in photography back in 2007 just through volunteering at local animal shelters to take better pictures to get the dogs and cats adopted. I thought, “Hey, let’s use some incredible adoptable puppy ambassadors just to show people how terrific these little guys are.”

On the logistics of photographing puppies underwater

“I’m wearing a dog costume so that the dogs can feel like I’m one of the pack. … Just kidding. … I usually just wear a wet suit just in case. You know, if you spend 12 hours in a pool with a bunch of dogs, inevitably you’re going to get scratched up a little bit. So I do wear a wet suit. But I just hold my breath — that’s about it. I’m underwater sometimes just a few seconds, sometimes 30 seconds, 60 seconds. But I have my wet suit on. I bring the toys. I bring the fun. And we just have a blast.”

On what it is about puppies:

“You know, puppies lift our spirits. They don’t care who you are, what you’ve been doing, where you’re going, they just want to love you and they just want to be your friend. And I think that’s always going to make us feel good.”

Tell us which puppy is your favorite!

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