Alien #3 is the larval stage of a Sharpear Enope Squid (Ancistrocherius lesueurii) at ~1cm total length. Highly reactive to my lights, it immediately started bolting straight down to the abyss, allowing me less than a minute to shoot before hitting over 100′ deep, where I aborted the effort. Only the larval stage of this species undergoes the daily vertical migration up from the deep at night. Once an adult, they will be opaque pale whitish-orange and live exclusively down in the mesopelagic zone, deeper than 200m. But as larvae, their translucent mantle is only interrupted by their chromatophores, allowing all of their internal organs to be seen, from the big, beautiful brain between the eyes, to the digestive tract leading down the middle, to the two feathery gills inside the mantle.
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, and one of our design consultants will help you develop an amazing contemporary art installation that blurs the lines between natural beauty and scientific fascination. Alien 3 is available up to a maximum size of 36″.