Treacherous Waters - Vaquita Porpoise Art (Copyright 2015) Original Digital Painting by artist Amber Marine

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Small 10.7" x 8.0"
Medium 16.0" x 12.0"
Large 21.3" x 16.0"
X large 26.7" x 20.0"


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Registered Copyright, 2015

Critically endangered species – Vaquita Porpoise (Phocoena sinus)
Art © Amber Marine 2015, All Rights Reserved.

I have allowed several conservation groups use of this work in their campaigns. I am the original artist, copyright holder, and legal owner of this artwork and design. Do not use any of my works without legal direct written permission from Amber Marine.

A vigilant mother vaquita porpoise guides her rambunctious young calf through the deadly waters of their home in the Sea of Cortez. Even with no fishermen in sight, the dangers of man remain ever present as a ghostly derelict net grasps up from the depths, threatening to entangle all who come too close.

I created this piece because there are no existing underwater photos of vaquitas alive and in the wild. It is my hope that this art can help people to connect with this beautiful critically endangered species and its struggle to survive.

The vaquita is the smallest cetacean in the world – a beautiful porpoise endemic to the Gulf of California. The greatest threat to the vaquita is man, and careless human activity may drive them to extinction very soon. Current reports say that fewer than 30 vaquitas are left.

The Mexican government recently banned the use of gill nets in the waters the vaquita calls home, but the sea is the new wild west, and the rules are being broken.

To help:
• Head to to support sustainable fishing, education, and community work in the vaquita’s range.

• Head to Sea Shepherd’s to support gill net removal and patrol of the range.

The art:
It’s all over the internet, this is the original high resolution digital painting and I am the artist. Drawn from my imagination freehand and painted stroke by stroke with a stylus in photoshop. A lot of emotion went into the creation of this piece, and I detailed it for over a month.

As I did in 2015 and 2016, for 2017 I am donating half of my commission from this and my other vaquita artworks to vaquita conservation.

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