The circular stingaree (Urolophus circularis) is a little-known species of stingray that is endemic to southwestern Australia. Preferring rocky or vegetated coastal waters, they can reach up to 60 cm (24 in) in length. They have a beautiful pattern of light spots and rings on a blue-grey-black background. They also have large black spots with white borders in a ring-like pattern on the middle of their back.
Have you ever looked at a picture and truly lost yourself in it? Immersed yourself to be where the camera person was? That's how TFUI Founder Melissa feels every time she looks at one of Bethany Augliere's pictures. And perhaps it's maybe because she's more than "just" a person behind the camera- she's also a scientist who truly knows her subjects inside and out. Perhaps that extra bit of knowledge allows her to capture sure beauty with a click of a shutter. TFUI is excited to show her and her work off to its readers today in this special interview...
Do you ever come across a piece of art that stops you scrolling on your timeline or newsfeed and you kind of just stare at it? A piece of art that just speaks to you? A piece that understands you?
That's how TFUI Founder Melissa feels every time she sees Skylaar Amann's art. It's like welcoming in an old friend- warm, comforting, and nice to see again.
Make no mistake, Skylaar and Melissa have never met outside of the internet, but Melissa is a big fan on her work and excited to have her here with TFUI to discuss her important job of capturing wildlife through art. As The Fins United Initiative expands, so will our "Behind the Fins" interviews to not only include shark scientists and conservationists, but those who work with these animals in a different way, and those who capture these animals in action, such as behind a lens... or in this case, a brush.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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