(original title: “Immortality I”)
Artist: Benjamin Klemencic
Painting: Acrylic on Canvas, on stretcher, gallery wrap
Size: (height x width x depth)
27.6 x 39.4 x 0.6 in
70 x 100 x 1.5 cm
Did you know that there is an animal that never dies? It is immortal and very small.
Its name is Turritopsis dohrnii.
Turritopsis dohrnii is an immortal jellyfish. That isn’t hyperbole – it really is immortal. After reaching sexual maturity, this jellyfish is able to reverse its aging process and become a polyp again. The ability to reverse the life cycle is probably unique in the animal kingdom, and allows the jellyfish to bypass death, rendering the Turritopsis dohrnii biologically immortal. Lab tests showed that 100% of specimens reverted to the polyp stage.