This sculpture of a green turtle is 1 meter long and contains approximately 600 fish hooks. For more information about this sculpture, the exhibition or sales enquiries, please contact us.

The green turtle, Chelonia mydas, has a circum-global distribution, occurring throughout tropical, subtropical waters, and, to a lesser extent, temperate waters, including the Mediterranean Sea.

 

Green turtles are highly migratory and use a wide range of broadly separated localities and habitats during their lifetimes.

 

Analysis of historic and recent data indicate extensive population declines in all major ocean basins over the last three generations due to overexploitation of eggs and adult females at nesting beaches, juveniles and adults in foraging areas, and incidental mortality and degradation of marine and nesting habitats.

 

Green turtles are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Despite been afforded legislative protection under a number of treaties and laws, the lack of effective monitoring in pelagic and near-shore fisheries operations still allows substantial direct and indirect mortality, and the uncontrolled development of coastal and marine habitats threatens to destroy the supporting ecosystems of long-lived green turtles.

 

References:

Casale, P., Broderick, A.C. et al. (2018). Mediterranean Sea turtles: current knowledge and priorities for conservation and research. Endangered species research, 36, 229-267.

Seminoff, J.A. 2004. Chelonia mydas. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T4615A11037468.

With thanks to AMO Scientific Partner One Ocean Foundation

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