The Marine related sculptures by Matt Buckley of Edge Sculpture currently includes a Shark, Penguin, Polar Bear and a Sea Turtle.
Penguins are a group of aquatic flightless birds. They live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere with only one species found north of the equator. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have dark and white plumage and flippers for swimming. Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid and other forms of sea life which they catch while swimming underwater. They spend roughly half of their lives on land and the other half in the sea.
Polar Bears native range is within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is a large bear with the adult male weighing around 350–700 kg while the adult female is about half that size. Polar bears are the largest land carnivores currently in existence with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice and open water, and for hunting seals, which make up most of its diet.Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time on the sea ice. The Polar bear hunts their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present. Because of their dependence on the sea ice, polar bears are classified as marine mammals.
The Sea Turtle has a more spindle shaped body, ie tapering at both ends, than its terrestrial counterparts with both females and males being of the same size. This tapering at both ends reduces volume and means that sea turtles can’t, as can other turtles and tortoises, retract their head and limbs into their shells for protection. The streamlined body however does reduce friction and drag in the water and allows sea turtles to swim more easily and swiftly. The leatherback sea turtle is the largest sea turtle, measuring 2–3 meters (6–9 ft) in length, and 1-1.5 m (3–5 ft) in width, weighing up to 700 kilograms (1500 lb).
Sharks are a group of fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. The earliest known shark dates back to more than 420 million years ago.They range in size from the small dwarf lanternshark, a deep sea species of only 17 centimetres (6.7 in) in length, to thw whale shark, the largest fish in the world, which reaches approximately 12 metres (40 ft) in length. Sharks are found in all seas and are common to depths of 2,000 metres (6,600 ft).