Last weekend marked the 21st annual World Oceans Day, a time to commemorate that blue part of the planet that covers 70% of the earth’s surface and represents our planet’s largest habitat. And while this vast area supports nearly 50% of all species on Earth, some of those species are increasingly in danger due to overfishing: catching fish faster than they can reproduce.
Highlighting the topic with an achingly cute stop motion video is Brooklyn-based Japanese director, designer, animator and puppet maker Akiko McQuerrey, creator of the Papa Cloudy character.
Watch as the soulful octopus sings a sad song of overfishing:
One day captured in the net
Next day sold in the market
Today all of the ships wrecked
Tomorrow fishes are dead
Ocean is lonely because you are hungry
Recognize the voice? That’s Satomi Matsuzaki of Deerhoof.