Talented actress Helena Bonham Carter has starred in groundbreaking films including Fight Club, Big Fish (fitting), Harry Potter, and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Ms. Carter’s latest appearance is next to a 27kg tuna. The nude photo series is part of a campaign by Fishlove highlighting the threat to ocean life from overfishing.

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Last week, Carter spoke before a meeting at the House of Commons in the UK, where 100 conservation charities were calling on ministers to declare more marine reserves in the British Overseas Territories, reports the London Evening Standard. The reserves would protect fish and also support threatened species including whales, turtles, seabirds, penguins, and corals.

About the shoot, she told the Standard,

I’m actually very phobic about fish so when Greta asked me to be photographed naked with a 27kg tuna I was more worried about touching it than getting my kit off. Having said that, I conquered my fears and by the end of the morning we’d truly bonded. He will be my Valentine.

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Carter’s friend Greta Scacchi was photographed with a cod for the Fishlove campaign. (Photo: Fishlove)

If it takes beautiful women posing with large sea animals to get people to think about protecting sea life, so be it. According to the Fishlove website, “The global marine ecosystem will collapse within a generation if unsustainable fishing practices are allowed to continue. The collapse of global fish stocks is one of the greatest ecological challenges we face today.”

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[via London Evening Standard]