A True Miracle of Survival
Drawing a Green Sea Turtle
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Green Sea Turtle. 11x17" Ballpoint Pen and Ink wash
Green sea turtles are reptiles whose ancestors evolved on land and took to the sea to live about 150 million years ago. They are one of the few species so ancient that they watched the dinosaurs evolve and become extinct. Now threaten and endangered, sea turtles are a true miracle of evolutionary survival. If they do survive to adulthood they can live up to 80 years and grow up to 5 feet in length. But here's what a sea turtle is up against to make it from birth to Adulthood:
400 make it to the sea
200 make it to become juveniles
20 make it to breeding age without human interference
2 make it to breeding age with human interference
NOW THAT IS A TRUE MIRACLE!! If you get a chance watch this amazing TED video about the Miracle of Sea Turtles Survival. http://laughingsquid.com/the-survival-of-the-sea-turtle-an-educational-animation-by-ted-ed/ Weighing up to 700 pounds green sea turtles are among the largest in the world. Green sea turtles are listed as endangered throughout the world, but despite this they are still killed for their meat and eggs.
This drawing was inspired from a photograph taken by an incredible underwater photographer and friend of mine Terence Zahner. He and his wife Doris are avid scuba divers who travel the world diving and photographing underwater sea life. Terence was nice enough to let me study his photos and use one as reference for this drawing. You can see and purchase his majestic photographs on his easy site, Terence Zahner Photography: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZahnerPhoto Thanks so much Terence for allowing me to share your work.