Fur Seal

Virginia,
United States
Extinction and seals because I love them.
District Of Columbia,
United States
Its more then protecting the animals, it is also about protecting the environment they need to order for them to survive. The butterfly effect is real, and small changes today have large impacts tomorrow.
Georgia,
United States
The swirling kelp gives the impression of peril. The wide eyed seal is arresting and appealing. I actually want to save the seal, unlike a hammer head which is scary or a crab, a creature I couldn't really care about or notice if it goes missing. The other appealing creatures are the manatee and the beluga whale, but neither have full eye contact so they don't make as strong a visual connection with the viewer. The harp seal is the other strongest viable candidate, but seems a bit lost in the large, dark visual field. Possibly a better candidate if cropped? Thanks! Can't wait to go to the exhibit!
United States
Whether on land, or in the ocean, forests are the basis of rich ecosystems. So often the importance of plants goes unrecognized because of the emotional response we have to threatened charismatic animals. This image highlights the need to consider the entire ecosystem, rather than the fate of an isolated large animal.
United States
This photo reminds me of how each part of an ecosystem is dependent on all the other parts, and how a disruption to one part of the ecosystem can disrupt the balance that is necessary to keep the whole ecosystem alive.
Alabama,
United States
Sea lions are fun to play with. We should keep their homes safe.
United States
This image best portrays one world looking at another, shyly but with sympathetic interest. The expressive eyes draw the viewer in and makes him want to know more about the elusive world under the water
Australia
The problems for kelp have ongoing repercussions, which is important in acknowledging the vanishing world.
United States
Because it looks very lonely
North Carolina,
United States
Because it shows how the kelp is threatened and the sea lion is in it because he is depending on it!
United States
Kelp forests are such an amazing interconnected ecosystem which really highlight the dependence of all organisms on maintaining such a delicate balance. If they were to disappear, we would lose a prime example of this balance and lose an amazingly cute and intelligent creature, the sea otter.
Netherlands
just look at its eyes...
United Kingdom
It is a colourful photograph that encapsulates all of the threats to ocean life, from overfishing to increasing temperatures.
California,
United States
I think you should make a place where kids can pet the fish.
Virginia,
United States
The reeds are making the seal dissapear.
Virginia,
United States
How precious life is!
Maryland,
United States
The sunlight nourishes the ocean and yet humans continue to destroy the natural world.
Otters
Virginia,
United States
Because it shows that animals are slowly being overwhelmed.
Virginia,
United States
The picture represents both animal and plant life that would be lost at the current rate of degradation to our oceans.

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