Sea Dragon

In a quiet cove, a young sea dragon discovers some colourful shells. Sea dragons are rather shy creatures. So many people might think they don’t exist. πŸ˜‰

We must protect the oceans so sea animals, birds, plants and sea dragons can flourish.
Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than 1 million sea birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals every year.

Facts and figures on marine pollution

  • Land-based sources (such as agricultural run-off, discharge of nutrients and pesticides and untreated sewage including plastics) account for approximately 80% of marine pollution, globally.
  • Agricultural practices, coastal tourism, port and harbour developments, damming of rivers, urban development and construction, mining, fisheries, aquaculture, and manufacturing, among others, are all sources of marine pollution threatening coastal and marine habitats.
  • Excessive nutrients from sewage outfalls and agricultural runoff have contributed to the number of low oxygen (hypoxic) areas known as dead zones, where most marine life cannot survive, resulting in the collapse of some ecosystems.
  • There are now close to 500 dead zones covering more than 245,000 kmΒ² globally, equivalent to the surface of the United Kingdom.
  • Over 220 million tons of plastic are produced each year.
  • Plastics can contribute to reduce our carbon footprint. They provide improved insulation, lighter packaging, are found in phones, computers, medical devices, etc. but appropriate disposal is often not addressed.
  • Seven of the EU Member States plus Norway and Switzerland recover more than 80% of their used plastics. These countries adopt an integrated waste and resource management strategy to address each waste stream with the best options. However, waste and disposal remain an issue in most of the world.
  • The United Nations Environment Programme estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic.
  • Once discarded, plastics are weathered and eroded into very small fragments known as micro-plastics. These together with plastic pellets are already found in most beaches around the world.
  • Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals.
  • Plastic materials and other litter can become concentrated in certain areas called gyres as a result of marine pollution gathered by oceanic currents. There are now 5 gyres in our ocean.
  • The North Pacific Gyre, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, occupies a relatively stationary area that is twice the size of Texas. Waste material from across the North Pacific Ocean, including coastal waters off North America and Japan, are drawn together.

Sea Dragon Print available in two sizes at


    • Thank you, Alistair! That was the idea; draw (no pun intended) people in with a nice illustration and then let them know how to keep the oceans safe for wildlife. πŸ™‚


  1. SO sad what has happened to our planet’s pristine oceans!!
    Mer, your drawing and painting skills are magnifique! Bravo! Especially the seaweed. I don’t know how you do it!!

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  2. She’s radiant! Amazing talent and invaluable words, Morgaine. I love my sea dragon β€” one of my fav art purchases. Keep creating and reminding us about caring for our beautiful Earth. 🌎

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  3. How did we manage to do this to ourselves? In my view, the way to a balanced ecosystem lies through less consumption. Unfortunately, that will be bad news for the world’s businesses. So it won’t happen anytime soon.

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    • We have become a “throw-away” society. Instead of wrapping everything in plastic and manufacturing plastic things that are meant to last for less than 5 minutes, we should be using biodegradable materials and making things to last. These businesses that are literally destroying the planet could just as easily manufacture items in a different way.


        • I agree; reducing consumption is extremely important. Planned obsolescence of just about everything instead of making quality products that last is also a key factor in so much waste. Wastefulness has become the dominant lifestyle.

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