Alien #26 – The Immortal Jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii) Bell diameter ~3mm
The so-called Immortal Jellyfish became the buzz of the science world in the mid-2010’s, while researchers were exploring how this species can regress backwards in life stages (think, like a butterfly turning back into a chrysalis) and then begin its medusa stage (what we think of as a jellyfish) yet again – in theory, an infinite number of times. Makes me wonder if this specimen is 10 weeks old, or 10,000 years old? Many have asked what application this could have for humanity or on aging, and every scientist who has studied the species has come back with exactly the same response: it has nothing to do with human aging, and it has absolutely no application along those lines. Sorry to burst bubbles! But it’s still one of the most interesting discoveries in marine biology, and there’s still much testing to be done to fully understand this completely unique creature.
If you’re a jellyfish aficionado like me, also check out Alien #10 which is an unclassified jellyfish who looks like an evil eye, Alien #5 which features a mauve stinger, and Alien #19, a crystal jellyfish with young jacks inside it.
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 26 is available up to a maximum size of 36″.