"Meeting of the Queens," 15" x 30" acrylic on canvas
Three iconic reef fish found in Florida! The "Queens" are the Angelfish, Parrotfish, and Triggerfish (Left to right), and all wear their own variation of a crown, although the Angelfish(left) has the most noticeable ;) . Our coral reef, The Great Florida Barrier Reef, is the perfect habitat to find these Queens all in one place, with each responsible for grooming and maintaining different places on the reef.
The Great Florida Barrier Reef is the only living coral reef found in the Continental United States. It has protected Florida from eroding away for nearly 10,000 years, but today it is experiencing massive "Bleaching" events. This disease is primarily caused by dramatic shifts in water temperature, which causes the the algae that live in the coral (Which gives coral its vibrant color) to be expelled, leaving the coral barren white, sick, and susceptible to further disease or death.
Here's an Info-graph on Coral bleaching below (Created and distributed by NOAA):
This environment supports nearly 25% of life in the ocean, and ours (the Florida Barrier Reef) is the third largest in the world! It not only supports an abundance of natural life, but our nearly $5 billion dollar fishing and recreational industries as well, which creates thousands of jobs and stimulates Florida's economy. Why I'm writing this is to educate anyone who will listen on the importance Florida's environment has in our lives and our planet. All I ask is that we each pick up after ourselves when on the beach, or grab one piece of trash if we can. Every hand helps in saving our ocean, and I want to work with as many people as I can who also believe in protecting Wild Florida.
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