We just can’t fully accept that these aren’t real, living, stinking fish. Singapore-based Keng Lye created a series of three-dimensional sea creatures — “Alive Without Breath” — by painstakingly layering epoxy resin and acrylic paint in various containers.

This technique was invented last year by a different artist, Riusuke Fakahori, but Lye takes things to the next level by having the animals emerge above the surface of the “water.” The sense of depth and meticulous brushwork is impressive… deceitful even.

NOTHING IS REAL ANYMORE. IT’S ALL LIES, BEAUTIFUL LIES.