This open coral reef diorama in ¡Cuba! represents a string of jewel-like keys to the south of the main island of Cuba called the Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina). Here, silvery fish zip past banks of coral studded with colorful starfish, sea fans, and sponges. To protect this vital diversity, Cuba has created the largest marine reserve in the Caribbean. Coral reefs are some of the richest ecosystems on Earth, and on many Caribbean coastlines, they are in danger of disappearing. But in this protected area in Cuba, the reef is wonderfully alive. The diorama includes models of a hawksbill turtle, tiger shark, and spotted eagle ray. ©AMNH/M. Shanley


Shark merfolk people designs as a means of celebrating Shark Week as it draws to a close. This was a fun exercise in design since admittedly I didn’t know a lot about sharks and their various species. (I know now thanks to Storm as evidenced by these characters.) It was also some stretching too since it’s been quite some time since I’ve done any merfolk like designs. (Though there are some in my future.) This was also a stretch in just learning about the various shark species and blending them with a human look. So, this is the end result.

Top to Bottom:

Athena - Great White Shark

Loralie - Epaulette Shark

Lethe - Mako Shark

Rilette - Black Tip Shark

Levi - Whale Shark

Blue - Blue Shark

Rip Tide - Blue Shark

Apex - Great White Shark

Leah - Leopard Shark

Poseidon - Eagle Ray

Enjoy! =D These guys will be back some time in the future but for now, just happy to have looks for them.