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Swimming Against The Tide
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“Swimming against The Tide" has been painted in response to Octopus Energy and Artfinder's climate awareness project "Portraits From The Precipice".

A Green Turtle is, sadly, the perfect subject matter for this topic as Green Turtles are extremely sensitive to changes in their environment.

A baby turtle’s gender is influenced by the temperature of the sand where the eggs are laid, with warmer areas producing more female turtles than male. With climate change causing a permanent increase in global temperatures, more females than males will hatch thus affecting the gender balance of the species. A 2018 study found that rising temperatures had turned almost all green sea turtles in a Great Barrier Reef population female (Source - Dr Michael Jensen from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, California State University and Worldwide Fund for Nature Australia; published in Current Biology).

Already classified as endangered by over-harvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, being caught in fishing gear and the loss of nesting beach sites; the Green Turtle is one of the largest sea turtles and the only herbivore among the different species. It is named for the colour of it's fat and not it's shell colour which is brown.

NB this image is a close up of the painting, please click on the Artfinder link on the links page to see the full details and how to purchase.


Jane Wilson