Coral Turpitude

“The cartoon depicts a future Great Barrier Reef World Heritage National Park. It’s my response to research that the coral is under stress and dying in sections. It’s a bleak vision. I was trying to highlight the potential consequences of not acting. It’s an example of gallows humour.” Philip Somerville, 13 October 2012

Reading between the lines

What sea creatures can you see in the tanks? Why do you think there is only one of each kind? The cartoonist has used colour in an interesting way in this cartoon. Which parts of the cartoon are colourful?

Why do you think the rest of the cartoon is grey? What do you think is the cartoonist’s message?