SAY AHHH by Chris Huss is among the photographs of the ocean’s top predator featured in the State of the Sharks exhibit at the G2 Gallery.

The G2 Gallery in Venice is presenting State of the Sharks, a new exhibit of photographs documenting the ocean’s top predators, through March 3.
An opening reception is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., in Venice.
A gallery spokesperson said the images featured, taken by Chris Huss and Mark Strickland, capture the “beauty and fragility” of sharks.
The exhibit seeks to educate the public and raise awareness for the plight of sharks in the run-up to the bi-annual Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), which will consider listing sharks as endangered species in March.
Huss and Strickland are veteran divers who say they are concerned by the drastic decline of sharks that has occurred in recent years. They note that willingness to help these beleaguered animals is a hard sell. The photographers have had their work in publications such as the New York Times and National Geographic, among others.
“Sharks are incredibly misunderstood creatures,” explains Strickland, “and shark attacks against humans are very rare.”
Stressors such as overfishing for shark fins, cosmetic and supplemental ingredients, bycatch, recreational fishing, and habitat loss are all threats that have brought sharks in view of extinction, biologists say.
The G2 Gallery will donate all proceeds from the exhibit to benefit the marine life activist organization Shark Savers. Admission to the opening reception is $5 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit Shark Savers.
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