I love sea turtles. I think they are beautiful. I have the fortune to find Casey Tomasiak on Instagram who allowed me to use his underwater photograph as a reference.
5x 7″ Acrylics and ink on 300# watercolor paper.
I left the edges raw and think this piece would look wonderful framed with mat board underneath
The following from Oceana.Org
The green turtle is an endangered species (= it is highly vulnerable to extinction). The most predominant threats to this species occur on nesting beaches. Coastal development has reduced the area where they can successfully nest, dogs and other animals often destroy their nests, and people harvest their eggs for food. Hunting of adults for food also still occurs in many places. Individuals are either captured at sea or taken from their nesting beaches. Finally, thousands of green turtles are accidentally captured in fishing operations targeting other species (sign our petition to save thousands of endangered and threatened sea turtles from dying this year.) All of these threats have combined to drive green turtle populations to dangerously low levels. Naturally, only one or two of thousands of eggs will make it to adulthood.