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ID guide to mediterranean whales

Species depicted: Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus), Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), Striped dolphin (Stenella coerulealba), Orca or Killer whale (Orcinus orca), Long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas), Blainville's beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris), False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
Time taken: 3-4 hours
References used: 'Whales, dolphins and seals'
Tools of the trade: Pencil and paper, Photoshop CS5

While working on the big poster for whales of the Mediterranean, I suddenly thought of another mediterranean whale ID guide I had made. It's much smaller and less detailed, it features species that don't occur there as much as others (I didn't have internet there so didn't do extensive research) but still, this being an oldish handdrawn piece it just held a certain charm for me.

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BillyCreator1999's avatar
Sperm Whale + Blue Whale = Monstro LOL 😂
OrkyDorky's avatar
Ik this is old but whats with the cuvier's pectoral fin o.o
namu-the-orca's avatar
He's got a flipper pocket! All beaked whales have them, they're exactly flipper-shaped depressions in their sides which they can tuck their flippers into to become totally streamlined underwater. Very handy for diving. You can see one here:… As well as how neatly those flippers can be tucked away:… :D
OrkyDorky's avatar
I did not know that. beaked's are weird cetas tbh  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
DinoBirdMan's avatar
I like the way for dolphins and whales of Mediterranean sea.:)
DinoBirdMan's avatar
You're welcome!;)
TMJumpLass's avatar
woah thanks this is really helpful
namu-the-orca's avatar
Glad to know it is, more than welcome :D
Kazuma27's avatar
I live in the countryside of Genoa, few miles from the Ligurian sea, yet i've only managed to get one or two glimpses of the common dolphin and almost twenty years ago my dad saw the back of a fin whale just for a moment... Man, how much i'd like to see the sperm whale (my favorite of the big ones)!
namu-the-orca's avatar
Yeah, Common dolphins sure are the most... common there XD Awesome that he saw a Fin whale! And it would sure be amazing to see Sperm whales; they're fantastic whales :)
Kazuma27's avatar
Yep, he told me that he saw the back of the fin whale on his travel to Sardinia, back in 1991... Too bad he didn't have a camera to take a pic of her; but, hey, let's hope we'll have both many more occasions to see a whale with our very eyes ;)
namu-the-orca's avatar
I sure hope so too :hug:
S3cRt's avatar
Your Welcome
Feb-Gaara's avatar
Love your works so much!But can you weaken and lessen your waterprint
namu-the-orca's avatar
Thanks, glad you do :D Sorry, but if you would have read the artist's comments you would know it is also up for sale. If those watermakrs aren't there, there isn't much of a reason for people to buy it anymore (except if they want a really big one). So keeping them on on this one; normal paintings that are not for sale won't be watermarked like this :)
mst-photography's avatar
Wow. This is great.
namu-the-orca's avatar
Thanks a lot, glad you think so :aww:
mst-photography's avatar
You're welcome. Its looke realy realistic. Love that.
meihua's avatar
Awesome work!
mysteriouswhitewolf's avatar
I really admire your knowledge of cetaceans. :)
Its inspiring. :D
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