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Meeting a Cuvier's by namu-the-orca Meeting a Cuvier's by namu-the-orca
Species depicted: Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) and Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis)
Time taken: ~5-6 hours
References used: none specifically
Tools of the trade: Photoshop CS5


A young Atlantic spotted dolphin comes face to face with a Cuvier's beaked whale - at almost 7 metres and three times her own length, it's quite a sight to behold for the little dolphin:

"A light shape first appeared as a spectre many metres below, gaining clarity only as it ascended through the water column.
A Cuvier’s beaked whale. He rose in absolute dead silence, seemingly without even having to flick his tail. It was as if unknown
forces simply carried him up. The whale’s size was what perhaps astounded her the most, yet showed no intent to harm her.
The beaked whale quietly broke the surface, expelling an almost two-hour held breath and taking in new gulps of air. His left
eye went over her sleek, spotted body and in turn she looked at his battle-scared sides. At the tip of his curved beak, two little
teeth broke through the gums and it left her in little doubt that this gentle giant also had a more aggressive side. Unwittingly
she’d drifted closer to the rare visitor and eventually they lay almost side-to-side when the whale decided it was time to leave
again. One last, deep breath marked his exit as his body suddenly came to life. Muscles tightened, a huge pair of flukes moved
through the water and the sheer force of his movements were more than felt through the turbulence.

He sunk back to the ocean floor, disappearing without a trace."


Just something that came to mind and got whipped up in a (for me) short period of time. I've been very fond of Cuvier's beaked whales for a very long time; there's something about those
oddly smiling faces and wonderful markings that I love. Also, their faces are pretty easy to get right (certainly helps when you're trying to draw one). Atlantic spotted dolphins are a
species that will inevitably end up looking like a bottlenose dolphin when I doodle them freely, end come out well rather easily with some photos haha. 



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Bestiarius Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Thatīs really a very nice composition!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014   Traditional Artist
Everything on this painting has a beautiful deep blue color. I love it!
The backstory is so great! There's no way that I could do likewise! You have such an impressive imagination! :D (Big Grin) 

Great work of behalf of you! Clap
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Colours are something I tend to use rather sparsely; usually it takes a photo for me to realise the true amount of colour that should be used. Glad you like the vibrant blues it resulted in :D Also really happy to hear the story made for a nice read :aww:
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Altair75 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :D (Big Grin)
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Ebonenee Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beyond beautiful! I don't know, but you've captured such a remarkable atmosphere. Perhaps it's that intense stare the two are sharing, or the lovely hues of blue that are used. Regardless, this is fantastic and I'm so glad someone's given some well deserved love to the Cuvier's beaked whale :heart:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Barghh thanks so much Ebony! Little details like their eyes really can make a huge difference in a piece; good luck for me to have at least one species in here with very expressive eyes. Cuvier's and their beaked kin indeed deserve lots more attention and love, I'm glad to have given some of it here :love:
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Knight-Tactus Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Knowing that the Cuviers Beaked whale can dive to depths of 6000m I like the idea of him just returned from a dive to gather another breath of air. Just imagining the whales solitary ascent coinciding with the passing of another beautiful cetacean is awesome.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's indeed amazing how deep they can dive and how long they can hold their breath - I'd heard the news about their breaking of the deep-diving record shortly before painting this piece, so it definitely helped inspire the little scenario! I can imagine a Cuvier's beaked whale's life to be a rather lonely one indeed, loved working the idea of a meeting out here.
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Knight-Tactus Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
My apologies I misspoke about the depth of a dive. I meant 6000ft not meters
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