Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Jellyfish Alien

This photo is from Monterey Bay, California. Like all my photos it is presented as is, unmodified, unretouched or photo shopped - this is how the photo looked when I snapped it. This creature was incredibly fluid and hypnotic to observe. Its colors against the blue water took my breath away. What struck me further was the trail of whispy white material cascading out of its center; it reminded me of a trail of smoke. This life form, so foreign to my terrestrial world, could just as well have been an alien from another planet; and made me wonder how I would have felt had this creature been reported on the news as the first evidence of alien life ever discovered on another planet. Is any life ever really alien?