Saving Endangered Species
Mexican artist Jaime Ruiz Martinez has created an original 6 x 5 metremural at the iconic Peak Tower, one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions, to raise awareness about unsustainable consumption of seafood products in South China.
In the mural, Ruiz depicts two critically endangered marine species that are native to Mexico: the totoaba, a large fish, which is the target of illegal fishing as a result of Chinese demand for its high-value fish-maw; and secondly thevaquita, a small porpoise, which is nearing extinction at a rapid pace due to its entrapment in nets used to illegally fish totoaba. The mural also references the Golden Coin Turtle, a critically endangered specie native to Hong Kong, the last remaining city it can be found in the wild.
The sustainability of our oceans and the survival of marine life depends on how conscious we are as consumers in making the right choice.