There are more than 700 Dead Zones of the ocean, the largest measuring nearly 70,000 sq. KM. The ocean is our planet's circulatory system and without an ocean, there is no life here. If you read About Xandra, then you know her art is one piece of an awareness campaign regarding conservation of life and resources on our planet. We have many real life heroes in our midst who live their lives entirely devoted to making necessary changes, in time to save the world.
You will often see Xandra's pieces named for and dedicated to exceptional Endangered Earthlings who dedicate their lives to saving our world. Two such heroes are Sylvia Earle and Ingrid Visser.
The New York Times calls Sylvia Earle, “Her Deepness,” and as much as Xandra loves the reference, she is, as Time Magazine calls her, a “Hero for the Planet.” She is an oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and goddess among us mortals. She has watched in sad horror, as her ocean world has begun to die. This mermaid is named in honor of, and dedicated to Sylvia Earle.
Did you know that whales and dolphins have been proven to be more intelligent, sentient and aware than humans? The part of our brains which allows us to bond with each other, communicate and emote is so advanced in these creatures that they have an ADDITIONAL limbic node for these functions. Reflect for a moment on the most happy you have ever felt and the most sad, now imagine that feeling doubled. How do you think they feel when we slaughter their mothers and infants for a piece of jaw bone or a few pounds of blubber then toss the corpse overboard to sink slowly into the darkness. Dr. Ingrid Visser, of the Orca Research Trust, is a guardian of these incredible animals. She lives every moment of her life in New Zealand, to respond to calls to an Orca hotline she established to report sightings. Day or night, she gets into her little boat and races to the site to document their pods and photograph them. This brave woman, unlike any other, gets into the water and swims WITH them to chronicle each animal.