It’s World Sea Turtle Day, and that means we’ve lined up a six-part GIF celebration for these symbols of innocence, longevity, and oceanic health, which are connected in many creation myths to the very origin of the universe. They’re also stunning in short, looping animation form. Pasquale D’Silva’s minimalist charm, Ana Caro’s chalky expressionism, and STALEBAGEL’s stoner humor show the many facets of this majestic creature.
Nearly every species of sea turtle are considered endangered according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). They are poached for their eggs, meat, and shells, and their environment—the reefs championed by artists like Jason DeCaires Taylor—is threatened by pollution and climate change. To help, consider adopting a turtle through the WWF.
See more turtle GIFs on GIPHY.