Alien 15




ALIEN #15 – unidentified shrimp – likely of the family Solenoceridae.
There are numerous species of shrimp, mostly sub-adults or larvae, floating through the blackness. I particularly liked this one because of it’s comical dazed-looking eyes. Quite often, they are highly reactive to light, immediately going into circular looptie-loops or spirals, which I can only assume is a defensive escape mechanism. Without much else in the way of defense, this pattern of movement is equally difficult for a predator to catch as it is for a photographer to shoot. The long antennae are likely highly responsive to any vibrations in the water from a predator, and my lumbering shape spewing out a raging torrent of bubbles makes it pretty impossible to “sneak up” on them.