Alien 20




Alien #20 is part of my award-winning portfolio of Aliens in the World Shootout Underwater Grand Prix International Photo Competition, a prestigious Israel-based contest.

A sub-adult Diamond Squid (Thysanoteuthis rhombus) at about 12cm long.

The coolest finds always seem to happen at the veeeeeery last moments of my Aliens dives! After 2 hours of searching through the nighttime blackness over the deep waters in Hawaii, just as my scuba tank was about empty, I saw this beautiful, and huge, clear & purple-red beauty. Yes, I said clear & purple-red, just like the specimen in Alien #24. I fired one or two shots, and it rapidly changed into this blood-red/orange, and began bolting downwards for the abyss. With an almost empty tank, I followed him down to 40′, 50′, 60′, and gave up the chase at 65′, when even my twisted sense of “anything for the shot” lost the “risk vs reward” battle, and I had to return to 15-20′ for yet another safety stop, before surfacing with practically nothing left in my scuba tank.
This is the largest diamond squid (Thysanoteuthis rhombus) that I’ve ever seen – it’s likely in it’s sub-adult stage here since it has it’s true namesake rhombus shape. They can reach up to a meter, but the adults do not make the nightly vertical migration up to scuba diving depths, so no scuba diver has ever seen a living adult in the wild.  I feel it makes a nice centerpiece to a collage of art from the Aliens Collection because of it’s bold orange color – a stark difference from many of the other more transparent creatures.

For printing, we offer the Aliens as squares on either aluminum or canvas, but they are customizable into other shapes if your design plan requires it. You can purchase this luxury wall art online in standard sizes, but if you’d like to discuss a custom crop or size, please contact one of our design consultants at the art gallery.  Perhaps our most popular arrangement for Aliens is a grouping of three of our 15″ x 15″ aluminums, but I encourage you to discuss the size & shape of your project’s wall with one of our design consultants, who will help you develop an amazing contemporary art installation that blurs the lines between natural beauty and scientific fascination.  Alien 20 is available up to a maximum size of 72″.