9 months - 9 ecosystems
I’m part of this fantastic educational project by the The Marine Diaries
I’ve illustrated the #mangrove ecosystem which will come later this year but also helped with graphic design support.
If you are interested in marine education - this is a fantastic resource! If you work in education - spread the news!
Kelp forests are found in polar and temperate waters, and cover 25% of the world’s coastlines. They are one of the most productive ecosystems on Earth.
There are over 100 species of kelp, but the most commonly known are giant kelp and bull kelp. Although they look like plants, kelps are actually brown seaweeds (macroalgae) that can grow to heights of up to 60m!
Just like a regular forest, they harbour life from the smallest of creatures to larger animals, like sea otters, seals, and sharks who use the different layers of the ecosystem.
Learn about kelp forests by exploring our articles, watching our video, or downloading a free illustrated poster.
Hydrothermal Vents - The third #MarineEcosystemDiaries educational poster has been released!!
Why are hydrothermal vents important?
What marine life depends on them to survive?
What threats do hydrothermal vents face?
All of this is uncovered on our beautifully illustrated educational poster, which captures the unique life that exists in this rare ecosystem. Learn how you can help conserve it by downloading our poster!
This FREE poster can be printed at home on A4 or in schools or workplaces on A3 paper. Use it as your desktop screen or share it on social media to raise awareness for coral reef conservation.
Downloading a free illustrated poster.
The open ocean (or pelagic zone) is the largest ecosystem on Earth, covering 64% of the ocean surface and 45% of the entire Earth’s surface. It’s classified as the areas away from the continental shelf and above the seafloor.
The open ocean is divided into 5 zones according to depth: Epipelagic, Mesopelagic, Bathypelagic, Abyssopelagic, & Hadopelagic. Floating about in the vastness of the open ocean are trillions of microscopic organisms. The open ocean is also home to the largest organism on the planet (the blue whale), who makes huge vertical migrations hundreds of metres deep in search of food.
Learn about the open ocean by exploring our articles, watching our video on the open ocean, or downloading a free illustrated poster.
Like tropical rainforests, coral reefs have a mind-boggling richness of life. In fact, coral reefs are among the most productive ecosystems on earth.
From the Coral Triangle to the Red Sea to the famous Great Barrier Reef, these epicentres of life support hundreds of marine animals at a vast array of different stages in their life cycles, such as juvenile fish looking for protection, or a wise old turtle returning for some pampering by cleaner wrasse.
Corals build hard skeletons made up of calcium carbonate which protect their fragile soft tissues, and are dependent on algae living inside their tissues to survive.
Learn about coral reefs by exploring our articles, watch our video on coral reefs, or download a free illustrated poster.