Fish Egg World by Jenny Rock, 2009, collagraph
In the Southern Oceans, most fish live around the edges of far flung islands. When young, they travel in the powerful Circumpolar Current, each living off the yolk supplies from their egg. This freedom to disperse keeps whole populations connected across massive distances. But here, as in all oceans of the world, there is more happening under the sea than meets our eye. In warming oceans, larval fish will consume their energy stores faster, and in many cases they may not last the distance it takes to reach other islands to grow-up around. As a biologist, making art like my Fish Egg World, helped me see from another organism’s perspective, and realize what kinds of questions we need to be asking about the effects of climate change.