Protector No. 8: Oceans

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Protector No. 8: Oceans

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No. 8/10 of the Protector Series: I am selling prints and original drawings of Protectors to raise funds for organizations or causes.

The Protector of Oceans, also known as The Devourer, is a large octopus that eats mainly discarded plastics. It was last seen feeding on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It eats plastic bags, utensils, straws, bottles, etc., but it especially enjoys micro-plastics, which it drinks with seawater. The Devourer has three stomachs and one heart, unlike other octopuses that have one stomach and three hearts. Its powerful stomach acids begin the breakdown process in its first stomach, but its real ability comes from its symbiotic relationship with the bacteria Ideonella sakaiensis, which live in its second and third stomachs. Ideonella sakaiensis produces enzymes that complete the breakdown of the plastics, converting them to energy (most of which the Devourer uses), and leaving behind two benign waste products (terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol), which the Devourer shoots out of its siphon mixed with its ink. The Devourer is a large creature with a big appetite—it feeds almost constantly. It is estimated to weigh around 200 pounds, and consumes several hundred pounds of plastic every day.

For more on the very real, very amazing bacteria Ideonella sakaiensis, see this article: https://www.sciencealert.com/new-plastic-munching-bacteria-could-fuel-a-recycling-revolution

Profits with go to www.theoceancleanup.com: “The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. A full-scale deployment of our systems is estimated to clean up 50 % of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years.”

The original drawing ($125) is matted and framed in an 8 x 10" frame. Archival prints ($15) are 8.5 x 11", printed on premium Legion Somerset paper.

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