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NIKON CORPORATION
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Stejneger's beaked whale by namu-the-orca Stejneger's beaked whale by namu-the-orca
Man, these guys are so cool, you would not believe it. Those dark heads, and beautiful eyes, not to mention those huge teeth on the males and the wonderfully marked flukes on the females. They're one of my favourite beaked whales. 
The photo is (C) to E. Dewayne Ash


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Cyrenization Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!! amazing! I learn something new everyday! Love 
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They sure are fantastic animals, and there's so much to discover!
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Charanty Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
They are so awesome! It's a shame that we know so little about them.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, beaked whales are such wonderful but also shy and sectretive animals :) Thanks for the comment :aww:
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Charanty Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
You're welcome!
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Eiveri Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
oh wow those blue-purples, it's rare to see such colours on a mammal <3 this such a pretty species! nice reference illustration too, the beaked whales are usually pretty difficult to find references of (especially compared to more popular kinds like dolphins and orcas).
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the lovely comment! :aww: I am, to be honest, everything but sure about the colour of the male. You see, I got the colours from a photo of a dead animal. Dolphins and whales turn black or dark blue very quickly upon death, so it might be that it is in fact differently coloured while still alive. No doubt about the 'juvenile' though, since that individual stranded alive :)
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Eiveri Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
you're welcome and no problem, ah who knows! since the individual had it it might no be so impossible. it's cool how there are still discoveries to be made, even in this day and age c:
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Rootbeet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
I love your whales! :love: :D Very useful information.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :aww:
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Rootbeet Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
No problem! :D
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AquaOrca Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, great job!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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Hareguizer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Wonderfully illustrated! It's great to see more material on beaked whales, they are so little studied and poorly understood. I once met a person online who thought they were mythical (invented by scientists to cover up the existence of sea serpents, no less) :crazy:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :) Yeah, it´s a bit sad to know how little we know about these absolutely wonderful animals, and what weird thoughts that may raise ^^;
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
really detailed.
like all your drawings.
:clap:
nice species.
the calfes always looks so soft.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, and indeed calves do look smooth and soft :aww:
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
need your help.
want to draw some for me.
i have note you or watch my journal :P

:hug:
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome and wonderful! I love how smooth you made the outlines this time, even though the presence of lineart makes it less realistic. The coloration on the calf is truly beautiful, and that starburst also came out perfect ^-^
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you ever, ever so much for this last wonderful comment before I go <3 Indeed, the lineart makes it less realistic, though I wanted to keep it in because I also had that in the original :aww: Thank you, once again :glomp:
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very, very welcome! :glomp:
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Sophie1990 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous! *is very jealous*
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D And aww, you don't have to be jealous :C
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Itsgoose2u Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :dummy:
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Lunchi Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
I love how naturally you can paint them. Like in a professional whale species book.
The coloration is exactly like on the photo.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the wonderful comment :aww:
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orcaholic94 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Love the way you colored it! I never really payed attention to the beaked whales until I saw your drawing :P

In the second line of the calf description, where it says, "...show their dault markings..." do you mean adult?
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, beakies are such cool whales, people really should love them a bit more :aww:

Ehm, well uhh... No that was on purpose. I was just ehh... testing you.

:lol:

I'll change it once I come back from vacation ^^
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orcaholic94 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Haha, well thanks for the test ;) Have fun!
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
agh I love the little calf one O_O :la:

wonder if the starburst pattern on the undersides of the flukes could be used to ID individuals... if they could be spotted regularly that is.

you're right, the contest entries have definatly died down... beaked whale blues I guess. Will see if the perk back up next week, when its a spotted dolphin contest.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Thank you :meow:

Would be interesting, though i doubt it since these guys usually don't lift their flukes when they dive. And then there's the problem of males normally don't having them...

Yeah, guess so too. Though isn't the next contest of the Stella sea cow instead of the Spotted dolphin?
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe opps you're totally right... have been looking forward to the stellas should be interesting being as there are no photographs of them. Doubt we'll get lots of entries though :noes:
I really don't know why people don't enter, there are so many people begging for points and often there aren't enough entries to give all the prizes, sometimes no one enters! So why don't people enter?! they'd just have to draw something that shows a little effort and research... is beyond me.
Am not looking forward to all the sea lion and fur seal species, **sigh** that is going to be a long series of weeks. If we get any entries I'll be suprised.

yeah its probably not a great IDing feature but it is an unusual one for a beaked whale. interesting.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, if those people want points that badly, you'd expect them to be willing to do something for it. But well, apparently not >.>

Indeed too bad hardly anyone enters for the seals and sea lions. And I'm also not a great contribution to those, I'm afraid ^^; (sorryyy)
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
no worries, I want people to take part because its fun so I'm not going to be irritated that you don't want to draw something! Especially as what you enjoy drawing is cetaceans not pinnipeds =)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(let me tell you a secret: I don't like drawing pinnipeds because I suuuuccckkk at them :lol:)
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
=P I'm sure that you'd be great if you tried, they are basically the same as those fish you draw all the time :giggle: just stick hind flippers on instead of a tail and like a dog's head instead of a melon/beak and volia! instant pinni :rofl:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uhu. Sounds like a verrrryyyy good plan :lol:

I´m sure that´ll turn those fish into pinnis ;P
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Since namu will be on vacation next week, I wonder if anyone is going to enter at all ^^"
perhaps I will :)
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
that would be great! I agree that I doubt many people will enter...
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FireWolfphin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These guys are one of my favorites :O I have a little rare book that includes information about ALL the species of cetaceans, and thats where I saw these beaked whales ! There's so many of themm *.*

And of course I read the whole book xD Oh goddd xD

About the art, I love how you blended the colors and made it look realistic, and the anatomy is just perfect ! :clap: I love it ! xD
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AshMargon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah when I took a trip to Maine I purchased a book on marine mammals of the world. It was great. Was it by the Audubon Society??
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FireWolfphin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dont think it was~ It had a beluga whale on the front and was literally like a small guide know-it-all :D

I'll try and find it today ^^
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AshMargon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohhh lol mine has a common dolphin on the front, it has pinnipeds, mustelids, and cetaceans too
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FireWolfphin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahha lol okay xD It's totally different then :D
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AshMargon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha I guess so aww
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have that one too, it indeed is a lovely book :aww:
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AshMargon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yea I love my guide lol
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*gasp* What little book? Ö
I know what it's like, I also always read whole cetacean guides :lol:

Thanks very much, I'm glad to have met a fellow cetacean enthousiast here :aww:
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FireWolfphin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad I have met one too :lol: I was looking for someone like me for quite a while now :lol:

I tried to find the book but I guess I lost it for now :O I'll let you know the title when I find it :lol:
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