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Thresher shark by rieke-b Thresher shark by rieke-b
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High-quality acrylic paints on stretched canvas, 30x24cm (about 12”x9,5”), signed, varnished with acrylic spray matt varnish, unframed.
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When I heard about Shark Week, Discovery Channel's big celebration of sharks and shark conservation, I found a perfect reason to finally paint a shark.
I spontaneously started to investigate sharks and the common thresher (Alopias vulpinus) caught my eye. It’s distributed worldwide and can reach about 6 m (20 ft) in length. It uses its extremely elongated caudal fin like a whip against small schooling forage fishes. It’s a fast, strong swimmer that leaps out of the water sometimes and can maintain a body temperature warmer than the surrounding sea water. This shark poses little danger to humans because it’s shy and difficult to approach.
On my painting, the shark is accompanied by two tiny bluestreak cleaner wrasses (Labroides dimidiatus) who rid it of nasty parasites, so there’s a coral reef nearby.
The IUCN assessed the common thresher as “vulnerable”, but it’s valued by commercial and sports fishers. They also often become entangled in fisher nets.

Please don’t eat sharks and don’t buy any products containing shark! It’s not just that you could eat an endangered species, shark meat is also very unhealthy because it can contain organic quicksilver. Many shark products are being sold under misleading names, such as Greyfish (bluntnose sixgill shark) or rock salmon (spiny dogfish shark). Sharks are also often being hunted and killed with extremely cruel methods.

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Als ich von der Shark Week hörte, dem großen Fest des Discovery Channel, bei dem sich alles um Haie und Hai-Artenschutz dreht, hatte ich den perfekten Grund, um endlich einen Hai zu malen.
Ich fing spontan mit dem Recherchieren an und stieß auf den Gemeinen Fuchshai (Alopias vulpinus), der mir ins Auge sprang. Er ist weltweit verbreitet und kann 6 m lang werden. Er benutzt seine extreme verlängerte obere Schwanzflosse, um damit nach kleinen Schwarmfischen zu schlagen. Er ist ein schneller, kräftiger Schwimmer, der manchmal komplett aus dem Wasser springt und eine Körpertemperatur aufrechterhalten, die höher ist als die Temperatur des Meerwassers. Für Menschen stellt dieser Hai kaum eine Bedrohung dar, da er sehr scheu ist.
Auf meinem Bild wird der Hai von zwei winzigen Gemeinen Putzerlippfischen (Labroides dimidiatus) begleitet, die ihn von lästigen Parasiten befreien. Es ist also ein Korallenriff in der Nähe.
Die IUCN hat den Gemeinen Fuchshai als gefährdet eingestuft, aber er wird noch immer kommerziell oder von Sportanglern bejagt. Fuchshaie verfangen sich auch oft in Fischnetzen.

Bitte esst kein Hai-Fleisch und kauft keine Produkte, die Hai-Bestandteile enthalten! Ihr könntet nicht nur ein bedrohtes Tier essen, Hai-Fleisch ist auch sehr ungesund, da es organisches Quecksilber enthalten kann. Viele Hai-Produkte werden auch unter irreführenden Namen verkauft, wie etwa Schillerlocken (geräucherte Bauchlappen vom Dornhai) oder Seeaal (Dornhai in Gelee). Außerdem werden Haie häufig mit extrem grausamen Methoden bejagt und getötet.
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TheSkyPilot Featured By Owner May 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoooooaaa
Man I agree with your opinion on sharks!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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sharkann Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Nice painting, I really like the light and the colours...you capture the elegance that makes a thresher shark so unique quite well...and thanks for your words about protecting sharks, I am always so happy to hear that people care about sharks instead of just fearing them for totally stupid reasons...Thanks a lot :)
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very glad you like my painting and that you are fond of sharks, too! Thank you! :hug:
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WilliamJCovello Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Splendid work! :)
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very glad you like it. :)
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WilliamJCovello Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I do! :)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Great painting, and cool info too!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for looking and reading! :heart:
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Rebel--Heart Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work has been featured here!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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Rebel--Heart Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome.
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Violetthesaiyan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
hnnnng!!! so pretty! <3

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rieke-b Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
So glad you think so! :) A :heart: for a shark! :D
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DaWonderer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
aww.. danke für die Links!
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RedJoey1992 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
nice
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Odzer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Thanks for sharing this. I am using it to illustrate my poem if its okay with you. Thanks once again!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
It would be nice if I could see the illustrated poem. :) Please keep in mind that I retain the sole copyright.
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ACrowsCollection Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome work!
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :bounce:
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PictureByPali Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Once again amazing i really love sharks
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you sooo much! :hug: Sharks are so amazing! Painting this was a wonderful experience. :)
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PictureByPali Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i have seen many sharks IRL i do allot of scuba diving when iam abroad they are the tiger and lions of the water
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You do scuba diving, too?! Wow! :omfg: That must be so exciting! :dance: Where have you been diving already?
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PictureByPali Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:) yes.. itīs amazing i love the feeling of floating free like that and looking a all that is around u.. i have been diving in allot of places from south east Aisa to Florida... and the Mediterranean and the red sea :) i have done over 250 dives
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wooow! :faint: You're a well-travelled man! That must have been sooo exciting, seeing all those exotic places! South East Asia has such gorgeous wildlife and botany. Did you see coral reefs?

But travelling can be very exhausting sometimes, too, I guess?
Do you take underwater photography, too? :)
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PictureByPali Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:) yes i love to travel itīs a great passion of mine...

of course it can be exhausting but i think that is an adventure to :)

No sry i dont take pictures underwater
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Anime-Guru1217 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful piece! And I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't think sharks are man-eating machines :XD:
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug: Yes, shark fans unite! :D They're often very shy and extremely important for their environment, so people finally have to recognize them.
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Anime-Guru1217 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :hug: That's true!
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evildollie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
woww its soo beautiful and if i had money i wouldd soo buy it ^-^ x
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you sooo much! :hug:
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evildollie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thats ok x
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Shyanne-Kai Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Looks so sad :( I hate the reputation that sharks have, it really annoys me how ignorant people are about their true nature, though I suppose, as you say, horror films have a lot to answer for. I remember in my writing class writing an article about Basking Sharks and how awesome it is to surf with them around you, and how sad it is that they are disappearing from our oceans. Let's just say I got some strange looks, but I stuck with my argument.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're right, sharks really don't deserve being called monsters because, like any other predator, they serve a very important ecological function in their habitat. I also get sad and angry every time I hear people talking badly about sharks. :(
It's great that you wrote that article and stuck to your opinion! I don't know a lot of people who'd do that for an animal that has a bad reputation. Basking sharks are soooo amazing! :highfive:
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Awayfromtrouble Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That is one amazing shark
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I also think it's a very beautiful species. :) Thank you.
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Awayfromtrouble Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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TigerrrSharrrk Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Very Very Impressive Piece!! :-D
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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SunRei Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
This is a beautiful painting - you did a lovely job! I would love to see a thresher shark sometime, but I have been lucky enough to see black tipped reef sharks, tiger sharks and hammerhead sharks. There is something really amazing about seeing a shark in the wild and unfortunately, if the way we treat them keeps up, if will be a very rare thing to see one in the coming years.

Thanks for supporting sharks and helping get out proper information about them. :)
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your comment. :)
Wow, seeing sharks in the wild must have been wonderful!! Did you dive with them or see them from a boat?
That's true. :( In some areas, squids are starting to take over because there are no more sharks. I hope many more people will discover the beauty and ecological value of sharks and help to protect them. :heart:
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SunRei Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
No problem! Always happy to meet another person who has ocean conservation in mind. :)

I've been scuba diving with black tips and was snorkeling with the hammerheads/leopard sharks. Its truly an amazing sight to see any sea life in its natural habitat, but when you watch sharks glide past, there is something just thrilling about it.

Another creature that is very threatened is the sea turtle. I do a lot of conservation and awareness efforts for them. I would love to sit the world down and say "this is why the ocean is important, this is why we need sharks, this is why we need turtles...STOP THROWING YOUR GARBAGE IN THE OCEAN" etc etc :D
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Me, too! I don't know many people who care about conservation at all.

Oh, wow! :omfg: Did it feel like being an astronaut on a different planet? I always think the ocean is such a mysterious world when I watch TV documentaries. :) I guess you had a guide or shark expert nearby?

Yeeees, sea turtles! :love: I adore them! They touch my heart in a special way because they have such a hard life.
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SunRei Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Me neither, I think a lot of people don't really know much about it either. I'm actually a scuba diving instructor, so I wrote my own course about sea turtles and teach it to all my students to try to get them more aware and involved. :)

Hahaha, well, I haven't been on a different planet yet, so...:D jk, diving feels amazing because once you know how to stay hovering in the same place, you can just drift along and stare in awe at everything around you. Both times I saw the sharks, I was just with my friend, who is also an instructor. Just happened to be in the right place at the right time (its a big ocean out there, but its also pretty full!) :dummy:

Yes, I agree with you. Sea turtles are amazing - we have a turtle nesting beach here, so sometimes we get a chance to see the moms come out to lay their eggs or the wee babies on their mad dash to the water. I saw a huge sea turtle here last summer, he was so old and just swam along with me for about an hour before moving on! :love:
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:omfg: A diving instructor, that's soooo cool! And it's so great of you to tell your students about sea turtles. I'm sure you'll make them love these great animals. :heart:

I can imagine that it must be a magical experience to float in the ocean. :) I love to watch nature documentaries and admire all the brave underwater camera people...

You even have a turtle nesting beach nearby, that must be just like living in paradise! :faint: The mothers work so hard, don't they? I hope that many of their babies will make it to the sea safely... You're reeeeally lucky! :D
I haven't been swimming for years, actually. ^^;
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SunRei Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Awwr, thank you! It feels good to help out how I can. :)

It really is magical to be able to witness sea life in their natural habitat - and discover so many small, fascinating things that are often over looked as well (hermit crabs, sea horses and nudibranches for example :D). If you ever have the chance to try scuba diving somewhere sometime, I would totally recommend it - you will never experience anything else like it!

Yeah, the mothers really do work hard! A lot of animal mothers do amazing things for their young, but I think sea turtle moms really have the most difficult time and do the most for their babies.

Go swimming you! :la:
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so true! The sea is pure magic. Aww, sea horses and nudibranches are amazing!! All those colours and shapes... :heart:

Sure! And the sea turtle males never even leave the sea! I saw a giant leatherback sea turtle mother in a documentary, she was really working hard on the beach and groaning all the time. :-O

There was a scuba diving course offered by the university I visited for a while, but I didn't have the energy, time or money to participate. I totally believe you when you say it's a unique experience, but I have to focus on my art.
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Zyari Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Stunning work :)
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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