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Strap-toothed whale - M. l. by namu-the-orca Strap-toothed whale - M. l. by namu-the-orca
Layard's beaked whale - (Mesoplodon layardii)

Just a very quick painting for the :exp-marine-mammals: contest, because no one else entered yet. Done in maybe 2 hours, used a WIP of another painting as base for the sideview of the whale, and nothing really special.

The original photo of the skull is from this site: [link]

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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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