Sea Turtles Nest Excavation
Every summer my family and I go to watch sea turtles hatch at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. The Wrightsville Beach Sea Turtle Project is in charge of this hatching project whose purpose is to facilitate and promote the protection and preservation of sea turtle populations and habitats. Of the seven extant species of sea turtles, six in the family Cheloniidae and one in the family Dermochelyidae, all are listed on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species as either "endangered" or "critically endangered". Although sea turtles usually lay around one hundred eggs at a time, on average only one of the eggs from the nest will survive to adulthood. While many of the things that endanger these hatchlings are natural, such as predators including sharks, raccoons, foxes, and seagulls, many new threats to the sea turtle species have recently arrived and increased with the ever-growing presence of humans. For centuries people have regarded oceans as an inexhaustible supply of food, a useful transport route, and a convenient dumping ground and simply too vast to be affected by anything humans do. However, human activity, has finally pushed oceans to their limit. Our oceans, the largest living spaces on earth, are much more fragile and complex than we once thought, and they are fast deteriorating because they are overfished, polluted, taken for granted, carelessly abused and destroyed. Furthermore, this doesn’t just threaten marine habitats and species but also our own health, way of life, and security.
I have always been passionate about creating awareness about the importance of marine life conservation. By creating this mixed media installation I would like to bring focus to the dangers facing sea life by focusing on the journey embarked by the newly born sea turtles which we see every summer taking their first swim into the ocean at Wrightsville Beach. I hope that through this installation a dialogue could be started in our community about the many threats to sea life, threats such as pollution, illegal poaching and climate change.
soldate 60, terra sigillata, copper black oxide, video