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BLUE SHARK
prionace glauca (blue shark)
BLUE SHARK
prionace glauca (blue shark)
Copper rod, ink & shellac on paper,artificial sinew
33 x 41 x 72
2008

Blue sharks are among the most abundant and widespread of shark species throughout the world's oceans. They are also the most heavily fished sharks in the world.

Sharks play a vital role in maintaining the health of marine ecosystems, and their populations are in serious trouble. Yet, more than 100 million sharks are killed by commercial fisheries every year. They are intentionally harvested for their fins, meat, or liver oil, and they are incidentally caught as bycatch in fisheries targeting other species.

BLUE SHARK is inspired by the act of "shark-finning." This is a process of cutting the fins from a shark, and the remainder of the shark is tossed back into the ocean. The demand for shark fin soup in Asian countries is one of the reasons for this practice. The skin for BLUE SHARK is made up of a traditional, Japanese wave pattern.