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Strap-toothed whale by namu-the-orca Strap-toothed whale by namu-the-orca
Also known as the Layard's beaked whale (Mesoplodon layardii), these beaked whales might be the most bizarre of all. Conform the usual sexual dimorphism in this family females lack teeth, but males grow these huge, long tusks. They keep growing with age and eventually in old males the teeth clamp around the upper jaw completely. The old males can still open their mouth, but not as wide as they used to, and indeed - stomach contents of stranded individuals showed these old guys only eat small squid.

The original photo of the skull is from this site: vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/bea…

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Bran-Artworks Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Did you used a special brush to make the skin textures? damn! awesome as always
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's been a while since I painted this one, but I believe I used photoshop's standard 'spatter' brushes for the texture here :D Thanks!
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Ruschman Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
I've never imagined a cetacean having tusks before.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a strange sight, isn't it? The family of the beaked whales has the second most species of all cetacean families though, after the oceanic dolphins. There are more than 20 species of beaked whale, almost all of which have tusks (big or small) in adult males. They are very mysterious though, so not many people have seen or heard of them before.
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SporemasterHIMPO Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Evolution wtf?
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha yep, it's pretty weird what evolution comes up with. But hey, if it works it works :p
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Shirukiba Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the caudal fin really curled like that? I know spinners can have subtle curling but this is quite extreme. But then again what do I know about beaked whales, I shouldn't be surprised xD.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, to be frank, I'm not certain. I've only seen... two pictures I think, or rather two individual Strap-toothed's flukes, and they both were very curled up at the edges like this. I don't know if it's something specific to males or something though, as the only animals I saw the flukes of were both males. One of those pictures was of a breaching animal; I can't find that one online. The other was a stranded individual, with the strongly curled flukes the ones in my drawing were based on: cdn2.arkive.org/media/C6/C618C… vertebrates.si.edu/mammals/bea… We'll need more evidence to be sure!
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Shirukiba Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Intriguing. In the orientalis spinners its male only isn't it?
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes :)
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Shirukiba Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Intriguing. In the orientalis spinners its male only isn't it?
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LeafyHeart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never seen a clear picture of this animal, awesome work!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Pictures are rare, but they certainly do exist [link] [link] [link] [link] ;)
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LeafyHeart Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thx for share the pictures but the first 2 are sad images :(

Awesome work once more! ;)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, but that is the truth with beaked whales: as good as everything we know of them, comes from stranded animals. It indeed is sad for the individual, but it provides a TON of information for the scientists. Just some weeks ago, people analysed the DNA of two beaked whales that stranded in 2010. They had firs thought of it to be a common species, the Gray's beaked whale, that's also seen out at sea now and then. But the DNA revealed it was the Spade-toothed beaked whale - a species that had NEVER BEFORE been seen! The only way they knew of its existance before now was through a few bones they had found :D
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LeafyHeart Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! really? that is awesome!!! well I think youre right! :)
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ysyra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wauw! I've never seen anything like this before!
He's absolutly gorgeous with those huge teeth! There should be more dolphins like this. I don't like dolphins, but I do like this guy! :D
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There actually are about 20 animals like this! :D It's still not clear to me whether to call them whales or dolphins as they are called Beaked whales in English but 'Spitssnuitdolfijnen' in Dutch. Complicating! :XD: All beaked whales except for two have no functional teeth. The males only have two 'tusks' which can be large like in Strap-toothed whales or very small and are used solely for fighting, not for feeding. They eat squid which they don't catch with teeth, but which they such in my creating vacuum in their mouth. Two species (Gray's and Shepher's beaked whale) do have teeth, so they presumably eat fish, and two other species (Baird's and Arnoux's beaked whale) where both the female and the male have tusks. Here's some photos showing the teeth of a few different species: [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
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ysyra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Those are way cooler then those bottle nosed dolphins!
Thank you so much for all this information! I love learning about animals :D
Did you have taxidermy things for sale? I thought I saw it a couple of days ago but now I can't find it...
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I might have a pair of pigeon wings for sale though they are probably already reserved by someone. I've also got a pair of magpie wings coming for sale and probably a Common buzzard wing too :)
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ysyra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ik heb zelf ook al een vleugel van een duif te koop. Ik ben niet zo voor vogels + meestal moet je er papieren voor hebben in BelgiŽ... Had je ook seal skins? Of was dat iemand anders?
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, ik wist niet dat dat zo gold in BelgiŽ. En eigenlijk ben ik alleen maar into vogels, veel andere dingen heb ik niet (een konijnenschedel is zowat alles) Ik had wellicht een jas van zeehond, maar ik weet het niet zeker :)
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ysyra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hou je ook van vogelschedels of enkel de veren/ vleugels. Als je wilt kan ik wel aan oude taxidermy koppen voor je geraken. Ik hou van oude taxidermy ^^ Ziet er altijd wat lelijk, maar dat maakt het zo mooi en karaktervol.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vroeger vond ik alleen het verengedeelte mooi, maar nu verzamel ik ook steeds meer en meer schedels. Taxidermy koppen als in alleen het hoofd opgezet zoals dit? [link]
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Lamnanasus Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I love it!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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solariswoof Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Photographer
That's a weird looking whale you got there... amazing, like something out of a prehistory book or something...
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, Strap-toothed's indeed are one heck of a weird whale :D Thanks for the comment :)
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solariswoof Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
Are they for real btw or don't the live in the wild?
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] [link] [link]

^ I think should answer your question ;)
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solariswoof Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
That's one UGLY... no, sorry... I won't say it. I find Bottlenose dolphins a BIT more attractive than a dolphin with two oversized teeth sticking out of his/her maw. But hey, that's only me. Beauty is still in the eye of the beholder!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only the males have these teeth; females are toothless. I find it sad that so many people are only used to seeing bottlenose dolphins and orca, so that they immediately find anything that deviates from that (and doesn't have a high 'cuteness' factor) ugly, weird or stupid. Beauty is not only within those that are typical, cuddly or on display.
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solariswoof Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
OK, I'm sorry if you feel attacked by me...
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not meant to attack you, just showing how I feel. I've heard many more people tell me how strange they look, how ugly belugas are because of the fat and so on and so forth. Just wanted to let you know I don't agree :)
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jollywrecker92 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
They have to be one of the most unique of all Ceteaceans, I really wish researchers would focus more on these specific species. I guess that'll be my job when I get to that point. :D Very beautiful portrayed here as well, there aren't many photos of Layard's Beaked Whale OR any of the other beaked Whales, let alone artwork.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I guess the problem for researchers is that these guys are so incredibly difficult to spot, follow and even more to study them. If you'd succeed in a good long term beaked whale research, it'd be awesome :)
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AquaOrca Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning! Wonderful anatomy and shading :).
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! = D
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loveforRuka Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really good! I can't wait to see more!!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D I might enter the next contest too, with the Stejneger's beaked whale. Oh I love those guys :aww:
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SChildersPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wait, isn't this called the strap-toothed whale as well, or did the common name change? Anywho fantastic painting of my favorite Mesplodon species!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, it indeed is called the Strap-toothed whale, though layard's beaked whale is also used. I chose to pick this more uncommon name for the title because of my cetacean guide paintings. When I'll post the species painting for this species, I'll use the more common name (Strap-toothed whale) in the title. So to prevent having two paintings with (nearly) the same title, I chose for this one :)

Thanks very much for the comment, and I'm glad you like it :aww:
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AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
what a nice drawing from a really different and strange species.
its so sad, that the most draw only shamu flipper and co ;)
sperms, nharwhales, beaked whales, so seldom here.
also porpoises ;)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks alot :glomp: And indeed, there are so many awesome species that are so overlooked...
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Lunchi Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
I love it. This looks so realistic. You dont see photos or drawings of beaked whales often so every good one is a treasure. This one is very good.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D :hug:
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wickedlovelyfaery Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well done!!!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :dummy:
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Itsgoose2u Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is absolutely amazing Namu, what a gorgeous whale :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much, they indeed are wonderful whales, one of my favourites from the beaked whales :aww:
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