Flagship Species and more art by Mark Cook

Flagship Species, 2021
40 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

The American crocodile is known as a “flagship” species because it represents the ecological importance of freshwater flows, which are expected to increase in Florida and Biscayne Bays with restoration. Crocodile nesting, growth, distribution, abundance, and survival are all dependent on a suite of appropriate hydrologic conditions and salinity levels. This crocodile species can tolerate seawater but thrives best in brackish water that is less than 50% seawater, which is optimal for supporting its aquatic prey and allows for the highest rates of growth and survival of the young. The recent wet conditions in the Everglades have led to increased flows and much reduced salinities in the bay setting up conditions that are likely to be highly conducive to crocodile nesting.

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other works by Mark Cook

Sleeping Beauty, 2021
40 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Pair Bonding, 2021
48 x 72 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Aigrettes, 2020
32 x 48 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

White Ibis Nesting Colony. , 2021
40 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Prey Concentration , 2021
40 x 60 x 1 inch (h x w x d)


more from MartinArts

I'm Okay
31.5 x 31.5 x 0.3 inch (h x w x d)
Textile paints
glow-in-the dark paint
prepared for dyeing fabric and Kona cotton fabric.

We Have Liftoff!
50 x 30 x 0.3 inch (h x w x d)
Batiks were used for the grass
and sky. Prepared for dyeing fabric with textile paints for the legs. Printable fabric was used for the rocket and fence.

Sammy Fishing
31 x 35.5 inch (h x w)
Cotton fabrics
computer printed cotton and organza
Jacquard Lumiere Metallic Colors
Sakura Pigma Micron pens
and double-sided fusible web

Staying Home
43 x 34.5 x 0.3 inch (h x w x d)
wet cyanotypes
Hand dyed fabrics

Florida Spirits
32 x 31.5 inch (h x w)
100% cotton fabric
silk batting
fabric paint


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