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True's beaked whale - M. mirus by namu-the-orca True's beaked whale - M. mirus by namu-the-orca
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Ladies a gentlemen, I hereby present to you:

And yes, this is about the point where you probably all go like 'wut'. But don't fear. Let me explain and introduce :) True's beaked whale (Mesplodon mirus) is a, like its name suggests, beaked whale. The family of the beaked whales, Ziphiidae, is the second largest family in the whole order of the whales, after that of the oceanic dolphins, Delphinidae. Beaked whales range from about four to almost fourteen metres. They're cryptic, elusive and spend most of their time in the depths of the ocean. And when they do come to the surface they only take what they came for: a breath of air. Even though beaked whales may seem to differ significantly in colouration when seen completely and from the side, but they have proven to be very difficult to positively identify at sea. Most of what we know about them comes from stranded animals, living and dead.

What is characteristic of the beaked whales are the tusks in males, and the two throat grooves in both sexes. All species of beaked whales (except two) lack any functional teeht; females do have two teeth (the 'tusks' in males) but these do not erupt from the gum, and males only have those two tusks. They can be located at the tip of the beak, halfway, or somewhere inbetween. Beaked whales mainly eat squid, which they suck into their mouth. That's where the throat grooves come in. With a movement of their tongue and other muscles, beaked whales can increase the capacity of their mouth, creating a suction which pulls the prey in.

The species depicted are True's beaked whales. They were once thought to only occur in the North Atlantic, but not too long ago specimens have been found stranded in the Souther hemisphere too. Animals in the North are uniformly grey, often with a paler belly and sides (to some extent). Southern animals have a white tail, but are for the rest the same in colouration. The female depicted (bottom animal) is based on the description of a freshly stranded adult female.

This is for the #Exp-Marine-Mammals mini contest :)

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IProBerserker Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Fantastic work! By the way are you familiar with Longman's Beaked Whale, I know it's only been seen once alive in the wild but have you done any paintings on it?:D (Big Grin)
Muircat Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   General Artist
Wow, this is amazing! :D I voted for you! Yours seems the best, by far. :) That's a lot of information about them! :) Amazing!
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the comment and the vote! :D :glomp:
CMthree-0 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
awesome! whales are so cool!
epic dude. real epic.
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! They indeed are :D
And that'd be dudette then ;P
CMthree-0 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
welcome! they are^-^
sorry bout that :)
AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
really impressive
its so lovely.
to see the different ages and positions.
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the kind words :heart:
coco-jam Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
This is cool!!! I swam with whales (false killer whales) once and it was fun to swim with it!
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You swam with them? O: Lucky you :meow:
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