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Group dynamics by namu-the-orca Group dynamics by namu-the-orca
Species depicted: Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis)
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Tools of the trade: Nikon D90


Group flow and dynamics in dolphins; a wondrous thing. I also love how pod members try to stay in contact. Just watch the next time there's a big group shot in some documentary about dolphins: you'll be sure to see some individual keeping his/her pectoral fin in contact with the back of another individual.



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POOVER Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Whoa!
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loveforRuka Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow I love the angle! Wonderful clear shot!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, it was so much fun to see them move in front of the boat like that :aww:
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Itsgoose2u Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GORGEOUS.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
IT INDEED WAS :I
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Nice
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artfromtheheart92 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
:clap: Lovely!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :love:
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artfromtheheart92 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student General Artist
:aww: Welcome! :)
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Dariaocean Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing photo! :love:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :aww:
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Dariaocean Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome:)
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whitetippedwaves Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: A stunning shot! Just look at that water!!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! The water sure was amazing there, just gorgeous :love:
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E-challenger Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AMAZING!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Ebonenee Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a beautiful photo, I love how close they are c:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank youuuuu, it was wonderful to see them move together in front of the boat :love:
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my life, I just saw that the camera somehow put a lighter blue aura around each of these dolphins! Magnificent! ='D
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Might be due to my/your monitor, but I don't see it :noes: Possibly has to do with the 'shadow and highlight' tool in PS, it sometimes does that :)
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe, thought it's difficult to see at the wrong angle - try to look at a steeper angle at your monitor, maybe you can see it then ^^
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great capture :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Ravenfire5 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ur welcome :)
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CitizenOlek Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Wow!
Amazing photo!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Namu <3
I love the bright light there in the middle of the group and how it illuminates the white pectoral fin so much :)
What a lovely group, too! There's so much motion in their positions and posture that it feels very much alive to me :aww:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome :love:
Yes, their white pecs are lovely to see, especially when lit up by the sun :aww: Glad that it captured their movements. Everybody seems so blown away by this picture, I absolutely can't wait to hear reactions when I start showing the really good stuff :lol:
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I can't wait to see the really good stuff! C:
My favorite bit of this picture is the blue area at the base of the peduncle of the diving individual. It looks like it was painted :faint:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ho, hooo, waaiitttt *goes to look at the blue area* Oh goodness, I didn't even see that. It's gorgeous indeed! What a second pair of eyes can't spot :love:
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Makes you wanna paint a dolphin with wispy parts in their coloration, doesn't it? ='D
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure does sir :lol: But first: Hornbills and Killer whales :D
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay :dummy:
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wickedlovelyfaery Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely gorgeous! You captured everything. You can even see the little parasites clinging to their flukes! (Rather disgusting but still cool! =P) The water is gorgeous there...wow. I must visit there!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Love all my shots from that day; with the sun at full strength the water turned almost invisible :heart: And are they truly parasites? If they are some kind of Stalked barnacles (as I think they are) they are only hitching a ride, taking food from the water rather than the dolphin :)
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wickedlovelyfaery Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep, quite true, they could be. I was wondering if it was perhaps a barnacle but I wasn't entirely sure. I still call them parasites even if it isn't the right classification because it weirds me out. :XD: I hate the idea of barnacles attaching themselves to me. They're fine on rocks...then they're kinda cute. bahaha. =P (And whale lice are the worst! Eww. Haha.)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Argh, whale lice! They're like an 'insect' hater's worst nightmares :XD: I especially find it nasty how they gather around flesh wounds of whales, though would they only eat/clean up the damaged meat or are they just eating away on the whale?
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wickedlovelyfaery Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not too familiar with sea lice. I don't like them so I don't wanna know. :XD: Aha, according to wikipedia: "The lice predominantly eat algae that settle on the host's body. They usually feed off the flaking skin of the host, and frequent wounds or open areas. They cause minor skin damage, but this does not lead to significant illness." So they seem to be both good and bad?? =P
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wikipedia, when have you ever let us down? (okay, many times XD) :lol: Hmmm, sounds like a hate/love relationship if you ask me :'D
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh wow! What a beautiful shot! Look at that clear, blue water. :love:

What is that stuff on the dolphin's flukes (the one in the middle)?
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank youu! The water sure was amazzinnggg there on that day, it was the best day of the whole trip :love: The stuff on the dolphin's flukes indeed are ectoparasites (eek what a scary word :lol:) I believe they are a species of pseudo Stalked barnacles. If I am not mistaken they're most likely to be 'Xenobalanus globicipitis' as they often stick to bottlenoses and whales: [link] [link] [link] [link] Haven't seen many photos of barnacles sticking to dolphin tails, though, so I could be wrong :)
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :aww: Bleck, they kind of remind me of leeches--which I am NOT a big fan of, haha. Yeah, I've never seen this "type" on other cetaceans before, so your photo was a first. ;) Feel special you introduced me to an ectoparasite. :lol:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kinda reminds me of that scene in Avatar: the last airbender:
"Sokka, you've got an elbow leech!"
"AHHH WHERE?! D:"
"Where do you think?"
:lol:

They can be quite numerous, especially around the tusks of beaked whales (Blainville's' and Cuier's' especially): [link] [link] [link] Though of course most famously on Humpbacks: [link] [link] [link] Oh that last one, they really get uglier when you get closer :XD: Oh I am truly honoured :'D
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, I haven't seen it, but that part sounds amusing. :giggle:

Eeewwwwwwwwww, that last one is a little nasty. They just aren't very glamorous, but I guess that's nature for ya sometimes, haha. :XD: They almost look like little sea flowers on the beaked whales' tusks.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haven't seen the full episode either, but the part always shows up in 'funny parts' videos and it always cracks me up :lol: It actually is a very smart design: the shell to protect the vital parts of the body with the long thing sticking out for filtrating water (or at least I think it is for that, not really a barnacle expert XD) They indeed look quite cool on the Beaked whales, though I wonder if they would hinder their use in fights or so; you know, perhaps preventing one animal to severely rake another. That would mean those barnacles would pose a real threat to a Beaked whale's status as it would always lose fights...
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ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's true! Hmm, I wonder about that too. Though, maybe when there's such a forceful impact, it kind of shatters the barnacles or makes them fall off? Or maybe the point of the tooth and its "sharpness" can still be felt when the whales use them? :shrug:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah could be! Anyone who has been rock climbing near shore knows how sharp and hard barnacles can be, so perhaps it even aids them (through the slippery end parts of the barnacles XD) in fights with other males :)
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*frowns at ectoplasm- eehh ectoparasite and feels the old need to pluck them all off*
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry man, they occur more often than people would suppose! Especially on animals with exposed tusks ;)
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never knew the name of these things, very informative! I think you should include that in the description :)
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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D90
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1/250 second
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F/8.0
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Aug 11, 2012, 12:02:10 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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