Artist Statement"Known as the gateway to the Bahamas, Bimini is a fairly small island with an abundance of incredible marine life. Bimini’s protected waters are a sanctuary for many highly impacted species, from conch to great hammerhead sharks. Due to the diverse ecosystem that surrounds Bimini, the island has become a place for extensive research and conservation work. At the forefront of the research and conservation are the elasmobranch species such as sharks and rays. In our mural, we chose to highlight a few species local to the island in order to show the importance of their presence. The mural showcases a large manta ray surrounded by a Great Hammerhead shark, a Bull shark, and a lemon shark. All these species are victims of bycatch from commercial fishing and environmental change; however, these creatures are crucial to any marine ecosystem. “Sea Capsule” immortalizes these endangered species at the recreational center in Bimini’s Bayfront Park. As we painted these creatures, we noticed how many people from the community came by and had conversations about the species we painted. It was through those conversations that we were able to share the importance of the sea life that lives right in their backyards."
The FocusShark & ray conservation
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