In Our Hands

by Sabek

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – December 2019


Finding This Mural

Claude O. Markoe Elementary School, Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI

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Story Behind This Mural

Artist Statement

My mural highlights the plight of shark populations and oceans around the world. Up to 100 million sharks killed annually, primarily targeted for the global trade in shark fins, we must act now to help save these often misunderstood apex predators from extinction.

Just like the real world, this shark in my mural has p a series of vibrant colors which are then juxtaposed bleached and ghost-like to indicate the danger and decay that both sharks and oceans are currently facing due to human impact.

It is critical to never lose sight of the fact that every living being on this earth is interconnected, both above and below the waves. It’s in our hands and critical that we take action to preserve oceans and shark populations for the health of the oceans and future generations

The Focus

Shark conservation and threatened marine species

Take Action

Help conserve shark populations by:

  • Refraining from consuming shark fins and meat
  • Purchasing cosmetic/health products that don't contain squalene (shark liver oil)
  • Avoiding pet food that list 'white fish' as an ingredient as it likely is shark
  • Supporting responsible shark tourism operations and experience the animals in their natural habitat