Ocean Armor: Art to Protect the Ocean

Written by on October 7, 2012 in Marine Life

The Surfrider Foundation has collaborated with sculptors, photographers, illustrators, designers and other artists to create a life-sized collection of marine animals wearing armor.  The Ocean Armor Collection was designed to inspire people to protect these creatures and preserve their home because “they can’t protect themselves.”

While many marine organisms have effective defense mechanisms, such as, poison, schooling behavior and camouflage, they are still vulnerable to man-made threats.

“The elegance of these sculptures is matched only by the poignancy of their message,” said Surfrider Foundation Marketing Director, Matt McClain.  “We all must do whatever we can to safeguard the animals with whose environs we share.”

The Ocean Armor Collection is on display at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California form September 15 through November 15.  Check it out if you’re in the area!

Minnows schooling around a reef. Schooling is a common defense mechanism used by fish. Photo Credit: NOAA.

Minnows schooling around a reef. Schooling is a common defense mechanism used by fish. Photo Credit: NOAA.

Copyright © 2012 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .

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