PangeaSeed Presents: Sea of Change – The Year of Living Dangerously
Printmaker: DL Screenprinting
Print details: “There Is Only One” – 5 color (metallic and glow in the dark inks) silk screen art print on 133lb cougar stock paper, 12” x 24” inches
Print Edition: 75 signed / numbered
Price: $50 USD plus shipping
Link to purchase print: http://pangeaseed.myshopify.com/collections/sea-change-the-year-of-living-dangerously
Species: Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus)
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (IUCN 3.1)
As the largest fish in the ocean, whale sharks can grow to an average of 9 – 12 meters in length (39 feet). Ironically, these gentle giants feed primarily on the smallest sea creatures such as plankton and other microscopic plants and animals using their mouth which stretches almost as wide as the body. In the animal kingdom, the whale shark holds several records for sheer size, rivaling many dinosaurs in weight.
Whale sharks are found in tropical and warm oceans around the world. These massive creatures with their unique and distinctive body patterns live in the open sea with a lifespan of about 70 years. Most cultures where these sharks are found have special relationships to them and unique names based on their size and markings. Such as in the Philippines where the shark is commonly know as “butanding” meaning “blind shark” due to the animal’s small eyes in comparison to it’s large body. Whale sharks are slow growing taking an average of 25 years to reach maturity.
Normally solitary animals, at times they gather in feeding aggregations that are often divided according to size and sex. These seasonal aggregations have been sighted in countries around the globe including Australia, Honduras, The Maldives, Mexico, Mozambique, and the Philippines. These feeding aggregations can reach over 300 animals in number, together, feeding on seasonal blooms of plankton. Commonly, whale sharks embark on large-scale, transoceanic migrations in search of these patches of food.
Whale sharks are considered vulnerable to extinction by the IUCN and are listed under Appendix II of CITES helping to manage their trade. Despite the protection efforts of several countries, these sharks are considered highly lucrative for the Asian shark fin trade and the growing mega-aquarium trade both adding pressures on their populations. Fishing also posing a serious threat to the whale sharks survival. The sharks get entangled in fishing nets and gear resulting in injury or death. Also these animals risk being struck by ships while feeding at the water’s surface. Whale sharks are sought-after by commercial and subsistence fisheries primarily in the Indo-Pacific. Although the meat is not commonly consumed outside of Asia, whale sharks are increasingly targeted for liver oil, as a means of waterproofing boats and for their fins, which are status symbols and used as shop signs.
In the Artist’s Words:
Whale sharks are being targeted by commercial and artisanal fisheries, putting them on the list of endangered species. – And the reduction of whale shark sightings has put them in a vulnerable situation.
All life on earth is a part of a greater whole. Of course nothing represents this more than “Endangered” lives. Extinction of one species affects the entire eco-system of which we are a part, not apart. I love the graceful “gentle giant” manner of the whale shark, and in this tribute I made all of its ubiquitous spotted patterns into Earths.
The truth, and the title of this piece is; “There is only One”. We don’t have spare earths, as much as this little whale shark would like us to believe. Without one there cannot be the other, we are all in this together. Eat more kale.
How you can help save Whale Sharks and other sharks:
- · Donate to organizations working to raise awareness and research such as PangeaSeed, Wildlife Conservation Society, WildAid, etc.
- · Advocate stronger global and regional action to protect whale sharks and other threatened shark species.
- · Support the establishment and protection of marine protected areas (MPAs).
- · Recommend ecotourism and dive or snorkel with whale sharks – but remember to look and DO NOT touch these animals. This offers sustainable monetary alternatives to destructive fishing methods.
- · Think twice before you buy. Do not support the trade of shark fins or other shark products and try to reduce your carbon footprint.
- · Educate yourself, friends and family on the issues facing whale sharks and other endangered ocean animals. Act NOW if you wish to save our seas.
Wildlife Conservation Society – http://www.wcs.org/
National Geographic – http://www.
Sea of Change – The Year of Living Dangerously:
Science estimates that half of the species on the planet could disappear by the end of the century due to the destructive practices of the human populous. According to the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) the current extinction rate is 1000 times higher than the natural rate. Iconic marine animals such as sharks, whales, mantas and seals are being forced into extinction. Countless other ocean inhabitants vital to our planets bio-diversity are critically endangered. We are living in times of the greatest rate of extinction ever, completely unprecedented in the history of our planet with an estimated 200 species of life becoming extinct every 24 hours, many of these in the oceans.
The oceans are the life support system of our planet supplying 70% of the oxygen we breathe. Our oceans help regulate climate change and our weather patterns, two critical components for a healthy ecosystem both of which are feeling the negative impacts caused by human behaviors over the decades. Our oceans also feed and provide employment for over 2.5 billion people around the world. If we lose our oceans imagine the problems we will face.
Now is the tipping point, humanity is in dire need of a great revolution, a sea of change. Unless we change the way we live, produce, and consume now, our children will inhabit a world devoid of many of the species we cherish today. We must see the underwater world through fresh eyes and realize the impact of our actions on the oceans and its incredible cast of characters while we still have the chance. It is time to reconnect with nature and be the change we want to see in the world.
At PangeaSeed we believe art and activism can spark positive change within individuals and their communities. No matter how large or small the effort, we are all morally responsible to take action and make better decisions for future generations and the natural world.
The “Year of Living Dangerously” is PangeaSeed’s newest twist to the typical print suite. In collaboration with some of today’s most talented and sought-after global artists such as Ken Taylor, Dave Kinsey, Tatiana Suarez, Brad Klausen, Kozyndan, Emek, Rhys Cooper, Frank Kozik, Caia Koopman, Tim Doyle, Greg Craola Simkins, and Jeff Soto, we have created a simple yet beautiful concept: 12 fine art prints focusing on 12 endangered ocean animals including the blue whale, hammerhead shark, leafy sea dragon, manatee and coral. A new print featuring a specific marine species threatened with extinction will be released each month over the course of 2013
Proceeds raised through the sales of the print suite will help fund PangeaSeed’s 2014 Year of Living Dangerously art tour of Asia. Because Asia is ground zero for the trade and consumption of many endangered species, the 2014 Asian event will reach six major Asian cities extending our core message to critical audiences. The tour with over 50 participating artists and filmmakers aims to educate communities about these endangered species and actions we can take to save these animals from extinction.
With coral reefs, rain forests and global fish stocks estimated to be in full collapse by mid-century, the threat of extinction greatly affects us all. Without healthy oceans a healthy life on Earth becomes a significant challenge and it’s going to take a global movement of awareness, education and action to bring about the sea change necessary to encourage citizens and governments to protect and sustain what cannot protect itself.
For more information about what you can do to help our oceans, please visit PangeaSeed.org
Photos Copyright PangeaSeed 2013