Steven Bay - USA
Giant Kelp and Lion Nudibranch
18 x 10 x 8 Flameworked glass representation of giant kelp (Macrocystic pyrifera) and associated lion nudibranch (Melibe leonina). Shown is the branching holdfast structure which serves as the base surrounding a coastal rock. Three stipes (stems are shown) and include characteristic gas filled floats and elongated blades with hand shaped texture. The nudibranch is iconic member of kelp forest community and uses the oral hood to capture prey, much like a venus flytrap.