January - Goliath Grouper!
My first endangered species art feature of 2016 - the Atlantic Goliath Grouper! This gorgeous giant was a very fun fish to paint. ☺ The goliath grouper (Epinephelus itajara) truly lives up to it's name - this fish can be over 8 feet long, and weigh 800 pounds! Once they reach adulthood this massive fish has few natural predators. This very inquisitive fish can be quite fearless - they have been known to attack large sharks, and even humans! (Especially if the human is spearfi
December - North Atlantic Right Whale
NOAA Video (1:05 min) The North Atlantic right whale lives in shallow nearshore waters. They are a very slow, very curious, and very rare baleen whale. The females come to the coastal waters of Florida and Georgia every year to give birth to their calves. This is the only place in the world where they do this. They then travel back north along the east coast of the US and Canada to their feeding ground. In the days of whaling the North Atlantic right whales were hunted to the