07/17. Charcoal, Oil and Mixed media on board. 965mm x 695mm.
Turtles live all over the world in almost every type of climate. earliest known members of this group date from 220 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups. Sea turtles have been around for 120 million years. Nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as endangered. Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear. Climate change has an impact on turtle nesting sites. It alters sand temperatures, which then affects the sex of hatchlings. Not least of all is the affect of single use plastics which pollute the oceans and are being mistakenly ingested by turtles. The high extinction risk for Asian species is primarily due to the long-term unsustainable exploitation of turtles and tortoises for consumption and traditional Chinese medicine, and to a lesser extent for the international pet trade.