Just Passing By (2015)

Whale sharks have such mesmerizing slow grace despite, or maybe because of their vast size, the largest verified at almost 13 m in length. Their patterns are unique to each, blued by the tropical oceans they filter through their enormous mouths as they cruise, feeding on plankton and fish. They are listed as vulnerable but are still hunted in parts of Asia. Shark populations globally are in serious decline, with some species reporting losses of 89%. It is estimated that 100 million sharks are killed annually for their fins and other body parts. For this piece, the challenge was choosing which segment to draw. I wanted to show both their size and beautiful patterns, as well as their gentle nature. This close-up is how I wish I could swim with one as it drifts past into the deeper blue, trailing silver fish.
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Just Passing By

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