Scientist suggests aliens might look like jellyfish

Artist's impression of Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock's imagined extraterrestrials. (Credit: PA)

[dropcap]Although[/dropcap] Hollywood prefers to depict extraterrestrials as hostile, grotesque creatures with features similar to humans, one scientist believes extraterrestrials might actually resemble jellyfish instead. British scientist Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock is the researcher who recently suggested that aliens could look like giant jellyfish. This satellite expert, government adviser, and leading scientist at European space company Astrium, described her theory on United Kingdom TV channel Eden as part of Science Month. She explains, “My vision of aliens is an inhuman, silicon-based life form that looks much more like a jellyfish than sci-fi’s little green men.”

British paper The Independent provides this detailed description of Aderin-Pocock’s imagined extraterrestrial:

She imagines aliens that drift through methane clouds scooping up chemical nutrients into their mouths. The creatures could also be able to live off light taken in through their skin, says the scientist. The alien jellyfish – which Dr Aderin-Pocock imagines could be the size of a football field and have an orange underbelly – would be generated from silicon as opposed to carbon, which is the basis of all life as we know it. The orange underbelly could act as a camouflage allowing them to evade would-be predators. The aliens are kept afloat by onion-shaped buoyancy bags that dangle from their body, taking in or letting out gas in order to gain or lose altitude. She also suggests they could communicate using pulses of light.

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