Oophagy, or egg eating, is a means of nutrition by which the developing embryos of some sharks eat their ‘potential siblings’ while still in the mother’s uterus. The above image is the embryo of Shortfin Mako Shark, Isurus oxyrinchus. Embryos of these species are ‘intra-uterine cannibals’. Individuals that have hatched inside the female shark eat successive batches of unfertilised eggs that are continuously ovlulated by the female.
The importance of Helena Almeida's oeuvre lies in the fact that it is impossible to confine the formal traits of her personal language within the fixed bounds of artistic disciplines and classifying labels. While it is true that the Portuguese artist expresses herself chiefly through photography.