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Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work on a new book called Monster Sharks: Megalodon and Other Giant Prehistoric Predators of the Deep and got to paint a bunch of fun prehistoric sea critters. 

Next up is Livyatan, the awesome raptorial sperm whale and potential rival of Megalodon. Those teeth are enormous, like the size of energy drink cans. I feel like predatory whales are an under represented creature design inspiration. Every one always thinks of whales as peaceful giants, but man they have some of the biggest teeth, they have like straight up monster teeth. 

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:iconadikavita:
Adikavita Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good jesus that thing looks like moby dick
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:iconask-professor-layton:
The whale that sank the Essex in 1820
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:iconburied-legacy:
buried-legacy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018
Magnificent... just.... magnificent
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:icondeform2018:
Deform2018 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, this Titan is criminally overshadowed by the way more famous Megalodon by the media.
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acepredator Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019
It’s not really overshadowed, in fact it’s often (wrongly) claimed as one of the causes of megalodon going extinct.
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:icondeform2018:
Deform2018 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
From who? I don't recall anyone (or anyone prominent) making claims like that, I often see the reverse happen. And compared to the sheer amount of media Megalodon gets now a days, Livyatan is overshadowed, (or at least underrated).
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acepredator Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019
At least one French doc, PBS Eons, and a large number of paleo-enthusiasts.

I’ve NEVER seen anyone claim C. Megalodon killed off Livyatan. Only the reverse claim.
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:icondeform2018:
Deform2018 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2019  Student Traditional Artist
I guess I got that impression from Megalodon fanboys.
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:iconburied-legacy:
buried-legacy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018
I second that 
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:iconmdizzle999872:
mdizzle999872 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
If you can believe it, this scares me more than the Megalodon
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:iconrbmagic8:
rbmagic8 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Monstro?
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:iconxhellobeautifulx:
xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018
Holy, epically phenomenal! This Ethereal Livyatan Sperm Whale is stunning and The Schools of Fish look incredible. The designs, underwater view, surface, expressions, poses, waves, water, ripples, eyes, fins, heads, dorsal fins, tail fins, outer fins, blowholes, air, mouths, teeth, tongues, sperm whales, interactions, bubbles, sunlight, rays, reflection, hunt, swim, dive, ocean floor, gleam, glow. shadows, transparency, scratches, mist, pod, movement, flow, effects, realisticness, perspective, atmosphere, textures, hues, concept, composition, uniqueness, style, lighting, colors, and other details are also sensational. Amazingly Radical work! :iconfantasticplz:
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:iconjerryfray:
jerryfray Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018
Hey Arvalis! I greatly enjoy your artwork :)
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:iconsekitonbo:
Sekitonbo Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018
All fear the death-whale!
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:iconburied-legacy:
buried-legacy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018
The real moby dick
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:iconsaiyanstrong:
Saiyanstrong Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I did not mean to reply to you, my iPhone is stupid.
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Saiyanstrong Featured By Owner Edited Oct 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
These guys ate whales. And for those who want to know, their full scientific name is Livyatan Melvilli. Named after the Leviathan, an enormous sea monster from the Bible, and the author of Moby Dick, Herman Melville.
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:iconvanblood:
vanBlood Featured By Owner Edited Oct 7, 2018
Excellent
Try basilosaur maybe - ancient very predatory whale :)
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:icon44120ggi:
44120GGi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Student Artist
Amazing.
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:iconrevan005:
Revan005 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018
Awesome!:D
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:iconburied-legacy:
buried-legacy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2018
Indeed truly a terrifying whale. You really dont whant to be in the area when this thing shows up.
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:iconrevan005:
Revan005 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2018
Yes.
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:iconburied-legacy:
buried-legacy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2018
Kay. Also happy new year
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:iconrevan005:
Revan005 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2018
Happy New Year!
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:iconburied-legacy:
buried-legacy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2018
Thanks
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:iconblackvegetable:
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018
WHOA! That would make the orca look like a gentle giant!
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PseudonoobDA Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
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:iconqueans:
Queans Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
Amazing depth * U *
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:icongagbaby-chan:
Gagbaby-chan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i strangely find this adorable
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:icondukemarazh180:
DukeMarazh180 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
I have to ask what is next
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:iconivanarte:
ivanarte Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018
big whales are awesome, but in my head-canon, leviatan is always a name for f***in huge sea reptiles
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:iconskypotatofire:
SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018
And i'll go sailing no more.
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:iconstormofshadows:
Stormofshadows Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes, the predatory whales are cool.  Personally basilosaurus is my favorite of the predatory whales. 
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018
One of my favourite predators but I’ve honestly gotten sick of people arguing this thing preyed on Megalodon or even caused its extinction.

While Livyatan was formidable enough that Megalodon wouldn’t consider it prey, the reverse is also true, and the whale died off before the shark,
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:icondukemarazh180:
DukeMarazh180 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
I have to agree while both are massive and apex predators I would only imagine that it they prayed on one another it would only be on their young.
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:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018
Yeah.
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:iconkuzim:
kuzim Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Student General Artist
Love it. Funnily enough 'livyatan" is the modern hebrew word for "whale"
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:iconolmagon:
Olmagon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018
Moby Dick himself 
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:iconcarvalhonobre:
CarvalhoNobre Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018
If i remember well, Moby Dick was a normal Sperm Whale
But white, slightly bigger than other males and aggressive...
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:iconolmagon:
Olmagon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2018
I know moby dick is albino normal sperm whale,but his aggressiveness is more similar to livyatan. Plus Livyatan is named after Herman Melville,the author of Moby Dick,so I just said it anyway.
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CarvalhoNobre Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2018
Oohh, Got it!
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:iconacousticletters:
Acousticletters Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Professional General Artist
Every time I think you couldn´t out-do yourself, you do just that! Holy crap this is AMAZING.
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CloudedLeopard76 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing Great work
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ObscureFanArtist Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
Wonderfully epic. Congratulations on your work.
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:iconorbelune:
Orbelune Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Papapapadaba, Livyaaataan ! Crestling the waves, leading us onto your graves !

Alestorm.


Awesome work, by the way.
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Cyansky95 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Those are some epic teeth! The perspective definitely works here to show the whales' size.
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:iconilovefallingcows25:
Ilovefallingcows25 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It looks like Monstro
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
Awesome
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:iconhorseturtle:
Horseturtle Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018
Like an orca on steroids XD
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