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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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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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