Whale Shark
"There is only One"

EMEK: baby crawls with inside organs color coded and separated similar to a butcher chart with cow... SOLD

Printed on Metallic "Blue Ocean" paper w/ Glow-In-Dark ink. 24" x 12"
Proceeds of this print support Pangea Seed "Sea of Change: The Year of Living Dangerously"

Species: Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus)
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (IUCN 3.1)

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.

- Emek

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