I was spellbound when I saw the multicolored tentacles wave from the pin-striped bell of this extraordinary flower hat jelly, a drifter in sea currents which also spends time moving along the ocean floor. The ancestors of jellies were among the first animals whose bodies exhibited an organized architecture, with groups of cells joined together as tissues that performed unified functions.
This is one of the signature images for my project “LIFE: A Journey Through Time,” a lyrical interpretation of the story of life on Earth from the Big Bang to the present. It is also featured in the documentary film “Frans Lanting: The Evolution of LIFE,” which has won several film festival awards and was shown last month as a part of the 2017 @Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, CO. Thank you, we are honored!
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