For those who don't know me yet, let me introduce myself. I am Mauro, a glass artisan, specializing in the creation of sea creatures. I am often asked why I made this choice, and the most frequent answer is that living in Venice has made it really easy for me to fall in love with the marine world. I was born in Murano, a small island in the Venice lagoon famous for its long tradition of glassmaking, and I grew up spending most of my time sailing around the lagoon on my boat. All this time spent in close contact with water and the nature of this particular ecosystem led me to become fascinated by marine life and its creatures. The cultural environment I grew up in certainly influenced my choices, but there were also other reasons that pushed me in this direction, such as my curiosity about marine biology.