Welcome, members new and old, to the oldest marine life group on DeviantArt! It was sadly inactive for awhile, due to real life getting the better of me, and for which I profusely apologize. However, when I founded it, I couldn’t find any comparable “clubs” at the time, so I started this one. Hopefully with the new Groups format, which is a lot more automated, we’ll keep it going this time.
Wow, I can't believe you guys have been so active since restarting this group at the beginning of summer. Thank you so much, everyone who's joined! As of this posting, we now have more than 90 active members, who have either submitted or invited others to submit over 260 works to our gallery. I have to admit, I was unaware we could
invite others to submit works here, so thanks for doing that, and as far as I'm concerned, the more the merrier. Keep in mind, though, there is a limit of three works submitted per day, per member and invites are included in this. Wonderful job and keep it up; I am regularly astounded by the works being submitted!Gallery Organization
Since BioMarina welcomes all types of water-dwelling critters, the gallery has been divided up into folders by (fairly broad) taxonomic groups and by a few subject categories. All the gallery folders are located in a box on the right side of the main page, or they can be accessed within the gallery. So far, we have:
Featured - All artwork in the order submitted. Please submit your art to this folder and a moderator will send it where it needs to go.
Ocean Issues - for artwork dealing with any marine life issues or current events.
Osteichthyes - Bony Fishes
Chondrichthyes - Any cartilaginous fishes; elasmobranches (sharks, skates & rays), chimeras, lampreys, etc.
Cetaceans - whales, dolphins, and porpoises
Other Marine Mammals - Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses), otters, polar bears, etc.
Aves - birds
Reptiles and Amphibians
Cephalopods - Octopus, squid and cuttlefish
Other Mollusks - clams, chitons, snails and nudibranchs
Cnidarians and Ctenophores - Jellies, anemones, corals, and comb jellies
Arthropods - crustaceans and other animals with jointed legs
Other Invertebrates - all other animals without a spinal column not in the previous four categories
Plantae - marine and water plants - from kelp to phytoplankton
Fossil Record - no longer extant marine organisms
Fantasy and Science Fishin’ – mythological marine critters, anthro, fantasy or science fiction settings, or real marine creatures in settings or actions they would not .normally be doing.
Reefs and Other Scenes – scenes with multiple species or a sort of underwater “landscape” (although aquatic organisms must be shown)
Domestic Aquariums – domestically bred animals or plants kept in home or office aquariums (not public aquariums which feature mostly wild animals)
Abstract – depictions of aquatic life not of a realistic nature; fractals or extremely stylized traditional art are examples.
Technical or Scientific Illustration – illustrations of an explanatory nature; diagrams and figures.
Literature – written works on water dwellers; poetry or prose
Gallery by Media – subfolders for traditional art, digital art, photography, and artisan craft – copies of each work submitted are placed in respective folders by media (I don’t know about you, but sometimes I like to look up works of a particular type).
Orphans – works submitted prior to the change to the group format, where the original seems to have moved, deleted, or the artist is no longer a member of DeviantArt. If you notice something of yours here and you want it taken down or you have a newer link, please let *senoritafish
know so it can be updated and lead directly to your gallery.
Other folders or sub-folders may be added as needed.
Since some works will fit in more than one category, I've taken the liberty of placing copies of works in all folders that they fit in -
would fit in the folders Cephalopods
, and Fantasy & Science Fishin'
Please note we have a page with links to all kinds of marine life resources; there is a link at the top of the page. Links to artist pages, organizations, identification websites, public aquariums, many other are included. If you have any you would like to add (including if you have your own personal website), please note *senoritafish
and it’ll be added to the list.Affiliates
We have a number of affiliate groups with content that may or may not be related. – hey, everyone has interests in a number of areas! Please check them out; they have lots of great artwork! If we hear of any contests or promotions any are having, we’ll be glad to link to them here. If you know of any groups that might be interested in affiliating with us, please let us know, and we’ll send an affiliation request.
We are a SuperGroup!
At the time of #BioMarina
’s conversion to Group status, we had a paid account, and converted with all the SuperGroup bells and whistles. This paid account has now expired; however, the cost for a paid Group account is twice as much as an individual account. Previously, I’d gotten the group a paid account out of my own pocket; however, the doubled price is a bit prohibitive for me. If you’d like to see this group continue as a SuperGroup after next May, I will be setting up a points donation box on our main page for anyone to contribute to. Since we have more than 60 members, it would take less than $1US from each member to continue it. If you’ve happened to accumulate a few points from llama-trading with other DA members and you don’t know what to do with them, may we suggest putting them towards BioMarina? Thanks!
If there's anything you guys would like to see here, or if you have any suggestions, please let me know, either in the comments or by note.
You guys are amazing – keep on keepin’ on with the marine critter love!