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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D90
Shutter Speed
1/4000 second
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F/8.0
Focal Length
200 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Aug 11, 2012, 12:41:35 PM
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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The dolphin-sized whale - Risso's dolphin by namu-the-orca The dolphin-sized whale - Risso's dolphin by namu-the-orca
Species depicted: Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus)
Time taken: 1/4000 second ;D
References used: X
Tools of the trade: Nikon D90


Here are some Risso's dolphins for Misted-Dream!!! (only she will understand those exclamation marks)

Title refers to their swimming manners. While the Common dolphins were zooming all over the place, leaping and frolicing in the waves, these Risso's dolphins were incredibly calm (except for one that was breaching in the beginning and a small group playing in the end), they'd come up slowly, take a breath, and dive down again. Heck, they were calmer than the Sperm whales we saw! Truly a whale spirit in dolphin size :)

Oh and did you know that Risso's dolphins are actually really dark grey? They turn whiter due to all the scars the get from each other and their main food source - squid.



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Emi-Gemini Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice !
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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lovlyninja39 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Writer
Wow your so lucky to have seen the great Risso's Dolphin!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, sure was - it was amazing! :love:
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Merintia Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Beautiful! IŽd love to see them!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really was awesome to see them for real! :D
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Shadow-and-Flame-86 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
SO AWESOME :love:

look at all that scarring!
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES they were mega super awesome dolphins to see :love:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Aww man, Risso's dolphin?!
You're such a lucky ducky! :XD: :iconaflacplz:

You seem to have had a wonderful trip! :)
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Multiple Risso's dolphins, sir (about 40 of 'em, scattered around the boats) :rofl:

Oh it certainly was wonderful! Though I secretly plan on going back some day to really stay there for a couple of months or so, to observe a larger variety of species and to help with research there :D
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
... Oh my god. :faint:
That must have been something to see. :D

And if you get a chance to go back, I'd say definitely go. I'm all about good times and it sounds like you had a bunch. :D
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it was super awesome! At first I didn't believe my biologist friend when she told me there had been so many, but looking at all the different dorsal fin I got on photo, that might very well have been true! :D

Yeah, it's such an awesome place and going back sounds like one of the best things to do :love:
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd really love to go there one day. :aww: :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwwww!!!! (Haha, more exclamation marks than you! :giggle:)
So pretty! Is this the male right here? I know they're technically lighter than the females, but with all that scarring, I suppose you never know unless you see more of them.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no!!!!!! (ha, beat ya :giggle:) It does appear to be a male - though it would be one of the males rather than the male. This was a pretty big pod of around 40 animals so there must have been multiple males :D Though it's always hard to tell them all a part. A fairly unscarred animal that you'd think to be a female could just as well be a juvenile male.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
(:P) Haha, that's true. It only appears that there are two of them, but obviously, the majority is underwater. I didn't realize the pod was that big! Then yes, of course there are more males! :lol:
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, there actually are four Risso's dolphins in this picture :lol: Of course the big one that's the focus of the picture, but just to the right of his dorsal, you can see the dorsal fin of another pod member. Then to the right of our big man there is a light blue spot underwater, and another, smaller, light blue spot underwater beneath it. So four dolphins in the picture :D The whole pod was incredibly spread out, they were kinda swimming in groups of 3 or 4, all around the boat with no seeming real 'alignment' between them if you get what I mean. The only thing that told you the subgroups formed one pod was that they were kinda close to each other and were all moving in a general direction. I took a lot of dorsal fin pictures - let's see how many individuals I got of the pod :P Of course the number was based on the biologist's guesses. I actually got the email address of the Swedish biologist and I'll be mailing her all my sorted dorsal fin shots (so only one photo per animal) to see if they missed out any with their photographing. They're trying to ID Risso's dolphins by their dorsals to see if the same animals live in the same pods, where they live and if they see the same pods in the area :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I see them now! Haha, it's easier when you point them out. ;) And that sounds like a lot of fun! Being able to see a "group" by way of the direction and proximity they are traveling. I know some of the larger whale species do that too, but the proximity to one another is even greater. I think that's crazy cool! And that's awesome you were able to form a bond with one of the biologists--that could be a great source of info for you. Such fun! :D
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stuff's always easier to find when people tell you - and then it's become impossible to not see them :P Yeah, it was so much fun to really be able to make some 'high up' friends. There was another Dutch biologist on the boat there too, but she was really routined. I mean, she was kind too, but already so used to all the people and the whales. The Swedish one was still all over the place at the though of new species, going all: 'OMG so you heard the Bottlenose whale rumours too? If we'll see them, it will be my FIRST TIME. SO COOOLLL!!' And I of course joined her :lol:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I bet you two really had a great time then! It's always fun to meet somebody that shares the same passions you have. Sometimes you wonder if those people exist or if you're the only one that's crazily excited about something, lol.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, now I've found the internet I'm really surprised to know there are other people like me that spazz all over whales and dolphins too :lol:
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S3cRt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rhisso's are warriors, plain and simple. With all those scars they get, simply from their main food source, if not from each other.
Hail the Rhisso's! :aww:

Anyway, this is a great perspective and the moment is also perfect, I'd say. Wonderful shot of a wonderful animal :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Risso's sure are! They mainly get them from each other, the squids only 'make sure' the head area is quickest and most densely scarred :)
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DarkSilverflame Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see :) It's always amazing how rough they are with each other ^^
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Vanzkie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Student
Risso! Sugoi! (it means cool in japanese) :D
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! We learn something new every day :D
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