Blue Whales are the largest shark species in the world, living close to central latitudes in tropical and warm temperate seas. They are one of only three filter-feeding sharks, meaning they feed on small organisms such as shrimp, krill, jellyfish, etc. They are known for their size, friendliness and extensive but poorly understood migratory patterns in African, Asian and American seas. The species is listed as Endangered (IUCN Red List) due to habitat destruction, ghost net collisions and other human activities. The family of sharks is rapidly decreasing globally due to overfishing and bycatch. Each year, over 100 million sharks are killed, driven by a corrupt industry.
This first painting in the Ocean Series of 5 paintings will support the Project Aware Foundation, a non-profit organisation with 3 offices worldwide that is focusing on hands-on conservation actions to oceanic wildlife. They are uniting dive operators around the world to engage and educate local communities, take actions like ocean debris/plastic clean-ups, removing ghost nets and launching campaigns to change environmental policies and raise public awareness.
Reference credits - underseawater_photography (Jimmy Photography)