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Paola Delfín


K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Art

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

North America


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  • This mural of a human inside the body of a turtle was created in Mexico by Paola Delfín.
  • Delfín painted this mural to bring awareness to turtle conservation, specifically the importance of adult female turtles. She uses the mural to show that the life of a turtle is equally as important as the life of a human. 
Teaching Tips


  • There is a list of ways to help with turtle conservation below the artwork. 
  • The art is engaging and impactful.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The human subject is not clothed but covered appropriately. 


  • This would be a great piece to show in an art class to discuss the artist's x-ray technique. After the discussion, students could create their own x-ray artwork. 
  • Cross-curricular connections can be made to biology classes, where students can discuss the impact of humans on coastal ecosystems, like Cozumel, Mexico. Students could also research the role of sea turtles in their ecosystem, and why it's important to protect them. 
  • Some related resources are this video on ecosystem dynamics, functioning, and resilience, this video about biodiversity and keystone species, and this art activism activity.
Scientist Notes
This artwork explains the human-related impact on marine resource degradation, this has caused a devastating effect on their survival. Students can learn site-specific conservation techniques from this piece. This is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.1.7a Explain how the method of display, the location, and the experience of an artwork influence how it is perceived and valued.
      • VA:Re7.2.3a Determine messages communicated by an image.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • VA:Re8.1.Ka Interpret art by identifying subject matter and describing relevant details.
      • VA:Re8.1.6a Interpret art by distinguishing between relevant and non-relevant contextual information and analyzing subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, and use of media to identify ideas and mood conveyed.
    • Visual Arts: Standard 9 - Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.
      • VA:Re9.1.2a Use learned art vocabulary to express preferences about artwork.
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