(wherI am happy to have had the chance to paint another mural at Elio Pizzeria! Inspired by the work that is being done to help increase the population of Fin Whales:
Fin whales were hunted everywhere for the first three-quarters of the 20th century, causing major population decline. Largely thanks to the ban on whaling in 1986 and through conservation efforts such as at the Pelagos Sanctuary in Italy, populations have been increasing since 1995.
Read more: ESA Success Stories, IUCN Report, Pelagos Sanctuary
If you want to go find this hidden mural go check behind the building at 351 Rue de Bellechasse in Montreal near Metro Rosemount (where you can also find my other mural featuring the Ibex)!
θαλάσσια χελώνα (Sea Turtle)
This painting was created to raise awareness about the actions taken in Greece to save the sea turtles by companies like Archelon and WWF Greece. For example, they protect the island of Zakynthos which invlcudes 500-1000 nests a year and protects over 2,500 nests each year.
Many other countries around the world have been working to save the sea turtles. According to records from individual time series there are more population increases than descreases: ''we found 95 significant increases in abundance and 35 significant decreases'' (1) Hopefully, this trend will start to continue so we can see population increases around the globe!
(1) Science Advances 20 Sep 2017:
Vol. 3, no. 9, e1600730
An interesting article shedding some positivity on even the worlds most trafficked animal. Even though the situation is currently bleak there is a lot of change happening and it is not so hopeless! As I am gathering and researching information for my new series about endangered animals I am inspired by this article from David Robson on BBC Future.
"Many people in the West have never even heard of the pangolin, yet this “scaly anteater” is the source of a billion-dollar criminal industry that threatens to push it to extinction. BBC Future met a team of Hong Kong’s ecologists and activists trying to save these creatures from extinction."