Running for Life

Claudia Lai

*Running for life*

Watching a baby turtle (known as a “hatchling”) struggle out of the nest and make its way to the water is an emotional experience. Everything from footprints to driftwood and crabs are obstacles, though this gauntlet is important for its survival. Birds, raccoons, and fish are just a few of the predators these vulnerable creatures face; some experts say only one out of a thousand will survive to adulthood under natural conditions.

Once out of the nest, hatchlings face many predators including ghost crabs, birds, raccoons, dogs, and fish.

Sea turtle hatchlings eat a variety of prey including things like molluscs and crustaceans, hydrozoans, sargassum sea weed, jellyfish, and fish eggs. Unfortunately, hatchlings also mistake garbage and objects like tar balls as food and ingest them.

  • Single Artist
  • Painting
  • 2022
  • Chinese xieyi (freehand) painting with chinese ink and pigments
  • On half cooked (treated) Rice Paper mounted on carton
  • 380 | 380 | 1.5
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