Alien 5




Alien 5 is a larval-stage slipper lobster (exact species unknown – there are ~60 species in the family Scyllaridae) riding atop a mauve stinger jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca) whose bell measures ~2.5cm in diameter, for size reference.  Larval slipper lobsters are almost always found clinging to a gelatinous prisoner, including siphonophores and salps (like in Alien #2), and larval acorn worms, and it’s theorized that they receive protection from the jelly’s stinging tentacles, as well as transportation up & down in the water column. The jelly on the other hand, isn’t overtly harmed by the lobster, but the jelly definitely has to deal with increased caloric expenditure from the extra drag.  Research has not yet been done to discover if there is jellyfish in the digestive tract of dissected larval lobsters.

The the adults of slipper lobsters are easily distinguishable from other lobsters, but while in the larval stages the many types of lobsters are very difficult to tell apart, identified by just a few key markers such as the shape of their telson and the protective exoskeleton over their eyes.  They’re quite hyperactive, and when my lights find them, they become even more so, doing backwards flips and spirals, taking the jelly on a wild ride.

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 5 is available up to a maximum size of 96″.