TROUBLED WATERS

The Mission

Around the world, sharks are in big trouble, with over 90% of the world’s sharks wiped out through fishing, cruel shark finning and particular shark mitigation strategies, like nets and drumlines. As a result of these, between 70 and 100 million sharks die a year. Places where sharks have been wiped out have been drastically impacted by the loss, with effects ranging from the collapse of fisheries, coral reef growth being stunted, to oxygen depleted dead zones.

As important apex predators, sharks have shaped marine life in the oceans since the dawn of time and are essential to the health of our oceans, and ultimately to the survival of humankind.

Eternal Skateboards have teamed up with Sea Shepherd to release a series of graphics to help defend sharks. A percentage of every sale will go towards protecting sharks worldwide and support more effective mitigation strategies thanks to Sea Shepherd’s dedication to the cause.

The Sketching Process

Initially, we wanted to do something portraying sharks kicking humans butts in some way (i.e. ripping apart a drum line) but we figured it portrays sharks in an aggressive way and may feed into the notion that they are aggressive man-eaters. Although sharks can be dangerous, the more familiar you are with the species, the less afraid you get and you start to feel a certain ‘reverence’ towards them.

We decided to do something that unifies us together as earth dwellers. With this series, we wanted to achieve two goals. The first is to be a reminder that, though sharks are predators, they aren’t aggressive man-eaters. The second is to raise awareness that they are in danger and it’s in our best interest to save them.

The Sketching Process

Initially, we wanted to do something portraying sharks kicking humans butts in some way (i.e. ripping apart a drum line) but we figured it portrays sharks in an aggressive way and may feed into the notion that they are aggressive man-eaters. Although sharks can be dangerous, the more familiar you are with the species, the less afraid you get and you start to feel a certain ‘reverence’ towards them.

We decided to do something that unifies us together as earth dwellers. With this series, we wanted to achieve two goals. The first is to be a reminder that, though sharks are predators, they aren’t aggressive man-eaters. The second is to raise awareness that they are in danger and it’s in our best interest to save them.

Habitat Research

We also wanted to put each shark in their natural habitat, below are the findings from our research.

Hammerhead Sharks most common habitats are shallow waters reefs and occasionally they visit brackish waters. They are carnivorous and feed on a variety of prey and their diet includes bony fish, squid, octopus, crustaceans and their favourite food: rays.

Tiger Sharks are a saltwater species and often swim near the coasts in relatively shallow waters, inhabiting seagrass, but also near atolls and even estuaries. Their diet is made up of fish, molluscs, crustaceans, sea turtles, seabirds and even mammals such as the dugong.

Great White Sharks habitats include coasts, continental and insular platforms whose waters do not surpass 1,875 meters of depth. In the open ocean, it inhabits to depths of up to 1,200 meters. It is an epipelagic shark that has been seen close to the shore on many occasions, but it is not an eminently coastal species.
They are, of course, carnivorous. However, they do not usually feed on large species, but on smaller animals such as squids, rays, and other fish. Adult individuals also include other sharks, seals, sea lions, dolphins and whale corpses. They tend to have a clear preference for fat-rich prey.

Habitat Research

We also wanted to put each shark in their natural habitat, below are the findings from our research.

Hammerhead Sharks most common habitats are shallow waters reefs and occasionally they visit brackish waters. They are carnivorous and feed on a variety of prey and their diet includes bony fish, squid, octopus, crustaceans and their favourite food: rays.

Tiger Sharks are a saltwater species and often swim near the coasts in relatively shallow waters, inhabiting seagrass, but also near atolls and even estuaries. Their diet is made up of fish, molluscs, crustaceans, sea turtles, seabirds and even mammals such as the dugong.

Great White Sharks habitats include coasts, continental and insular platforms whose waters do not surpass 1,875 meters of depth. In the open ocean, it inhabits to depths of up to 1,200 meters. It is an epipelagic shark that has been seen close to the shore on many occasions, but it is not an eminently coastal species.
They are, of course, carnivorous. However, they do not usually feed on large species, but on smaller animals such as squids, rays, and other fish. Adult individuals also include other sharks, seals, sea lions, dolphins and whale corpses. They tend to have a clear preference for fat-rich prey.

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

These graphics have two facets, one viewed in the light and one only in the dark. The light portrays the sharks the way that nature intended, hunting and bringing balance to the oceans. The dark reveals a foretelling of an unfavourable future for sharks and the health of the planet if we don’t protect them.

If you would like to support Sea Shepherd further please head to their website and learn about the amazing campaigns the currently have running