"The fate of the creatures which share our planet lies entirely at the hand of mankind-it is within our power to protect them or watch them become extinct. Let us choose the first route." - Sir David Attenborough
Whenever I dive below the surface, the light, the reflection of the sun and how it affects the view of the marine life has always had a deep meaning to me.
To capture these beautiful effects of the Big Blue, I experiment with various materials and paints in my art.
Every one of us admires the variety of marine life in some ways, shown on TV for example, making it accessible to us at home. We enjoy pictures of scenic reefs, symbiosis, interactions and interesting relationships between species and their habitats.
The open water is the place where we find our big mammals, turtles, schools of fish and plankton, where we travel and transport our goods, where we fish and hunt, dump and pollute.
Reefs are the habitat with the largest abundance and variety of species. It is also one of the most fragile habitat and structure, since corals are very sensitive to thermal changes and changing currents.
Even the sand bottom has an unexpected variety of species, calling it home amongst them Mollusks and invertebrates. Many crustaceans have amazing constructions under the sand, almost like termites, just under water. Plenty of fish have adapted to the sand as well and use this habitat as their hiding and hunting spot.
The seaweed habitat is the nursery for fish and many invertebrates. The hiding spots, especially in the root mats make a perfect place to lay eggs or spawn. Those root mats grow only about 10 cm per year, so to build up a seaweed bed takes many decades. It is a very sensitive and delicate structure.
If only, we could reach a wider awareness for the great abundance, variety of species, survival systems and understand that the underwater environment is the biggest ecosystem on earth, which needs just as much protection as the green part we walk on. The oceans invite mankind to take a closer look, but we are far from understanding how this vast ecosystem works. Scientists have only identified about 10% of all species. Even when people see all the beauty, they still need to realize, that we are just “guests” in this amazing habitat and should conduct themselves accordingly.