My artwork is inspired by the matchless beauty and incredible diversity of species in the underwater world as well as old scientific botanical drawings. I feel captivated by the coastal treasures of Tāmaki Makaurau and admire the conservation efforts to protect this taonga. All living creatures on earth are connected and I wanted to show that for each whale there are countless other species making up the marine ecosystem. The Tail shows the unseen, the treasures laying on the ocean floor as well as new species that need to be discovered. I hope this project will contribute to public awareness of biodiversity protection.