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Haviside's dolphin by namu-the-orca Haviside's dolphin by namu-the-orca
Species depicted:Haviside's dolphin (Cephalorhynchus heavisidii)
Time taken: ~8 hours
References used: none specifically
Tools of the trade: Photoshop CS5


Who would've guessed that I actually have some deviations to submit, but that they've been sitting in my stash for a month or so and I totally forgot about them? Sad but true - though better late than never. Here's another one of my animal commissions, the Haviside's dolphin. Its name is sometimes written as Heaviside's, in congruency with its scientific name, though the intended name of Haviside is usually preferred. How did this name confusion happen? Well, captain Haviside transported a specimen to England for biologists to look at and to officially describe the species. However, when giving the species its scientific name, they erroneously named it after captain Heaviside, a man who also transported animal specimens like captain Haviside, but who was in fact his rival. Taxonomic rules dictated the name could not be changed once it was given, so all we can do now to make up for the mistake made is to at least call it by its righteous name in English - which would be Haviside's dolphin :)

They're a rather little known and under represented dolphin species, despite being extremely handsomely marked and very playful in nature. They're mainly seen in front of the coast of Namibia and are only regionally abundant. They'll readily approach boats, often frolic and jump and are thought to be less under pressure from human activities than the other cephalorhynchus dolphin species. Absolutely wonderful animals! :D



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SilvAquaStar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GYAAH! One of my favorite dolphin species! x3
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad to hear that! Not many people know these guys so it's awesome to hear they're one of your faves :D
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SilvAquaStar Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They're so beautiful! And my favorites mostly consist of the unique, little-known species, like most odontocetes and mysticetes, as well as the more famous members of the order Cetacea. Heck, I love them all! But some appeal to me just a little more than others.
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
Nice back-story. :) (Smile) These dolphins truly are wonderful species. :D (Big Grin)  And as always, great work.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, it's always a funny (and kinda unfortunate) story to remember with these guys. They're still called Heaviside's dolphins by the vast majority of people! Such handsome dolphins indeed, thank you! :D
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're welcome. ;) (Wink) 
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Lunchi Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Such cool paintings!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Glad you're enjoying them :D
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
brilliant work as always namu! =D
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, Kelly! How's Florida going? Saw some photos on facebook, lookin' lovely there :D
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