Shark Love and more art by Mark Cook

Shark Love, 2020
24 x 36 x 1 inch (h x w x d)

Two 9-foot Nurse Sharks mate in the shallow waters off the aptly named Shark Point in Everglades National Park. With the male grasping one of the female’s pectoral fins in its mouth the scene may appear excessively violent, but it is the only way these fish can make physical contact and procreate in a buoyant watery environment. Shallow water coastal habitats that are largely free of human disturbance are critical mating and nursery habitats for many shark species and protecting these areas is essential to sustaining shark populations. This year’s increased freshwater flows and associated increases in aquatic prey species will likely improve nursery habitat conditions for many species of sharks in Florida Bay.

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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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