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Whales of the Mediterranean sea - POSTER
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Published: July 26, 2012
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A poster showing all cetacean species that occur with some regularity in the Mediterranean Sea. There are couple of species that are only very rarely seen in specific locations (such as Blainville’s beaked whales), or unique sightings of vagrants far outside their usual range (such as the grey whale that was sighted in 2010). These species have not been included in the poster.

The female risso’s dolphins (top right) was painted after, and in memory of Mary G. Mary G. lived in Oltremare, an Italian marine park, having been rehabilitated after stranding at a very young age. At the time, she was the only risso’s dolphin under human care in Europe. Early 2012 her health deteriorated and she passed away on the 31st of May. See a photo of Mary G. here: 

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Liopurodon4x's avatar
did you know the firt true orca evoloved in the Mediterranean sea  orcinus citoniensis fossils are found in italy. 
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Oh that's cool! I knew the species, but not their locality :)
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Liopurodon4x's avatar
yeah i wrote the article for a species of japanese orca called Orcinus paleorca and made a size chart.  I hope edge will get it into the episode.
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C5000-MakesStuff|Hobbyist General Artist
The bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins are more found in Israel.
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Ah, that's interesting! I didn't know that (clearly) while making this poster. Do you see them a lot? And have they always been common in Israel or have they increased/declined recently?
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C5000-MakesStuff|Hobbyist General Artist
check this one:
www.facebook.com/immrac/?fref=…

ignore the Hebrew if you don't know this language, jest watch those photos and videos
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Ah, that's awesome! It seems that some of their sightings are also in the Arabian sea/Red Sea, but they've definitely seen bottlenoses and commons off the Mediterranean coastline too. Cool :)
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Bloodwolf-Xx|Hobbyist General Artist
Love 
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DolphinChild's avatar
Is this to scale?
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Yes it is, only the smaller species on the right are (obviously) enlarged, but still to scale amongst each other :)
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This is wonderful! :) I can only imagine the amount of work this took, judging by the info and the quality of the drawings. I wish I had that kind of drive nowadays.
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, it really was a project and a half. :) I hear you there, I'm not sure if I could have stuck with it today.
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Yu-Gi-Nos|Student General Artist
This is the best whale comparison I've seen! Even my favorite (modern) whale species the Sperm Whale, both male and female, are beautifully done! The only 'down' side is I wish the image overall was larger!
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namu-the-orcaEdited |Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm very glad to hear you think so, it's definitely a piece I worked long and hard on :D I uploaded it in such a small size to encourage people to buy the print - if it's available at big size already on the internet there's not much incentive. It's actually bigger than most of my uploads already, 1500px wide (versus the usual 1240px) but I guess with all the little animals it seems small anyway.
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CookieInACup's avatar
I'll just repeat my previous comment: Jesus Christ. When I get a room, I need this on my wall.
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
i'll hold you to that
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Awaterbearer|Professional General Artist
Very nice
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Starfoxfanatic4ever's avatar
Howcome not all maps of the Fin Whale's range include Israel?
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Most likely because the Fin whale is a very rare visitor in those areas :) As you can see on my map, the species range in that area is coloured red, meaning sightings there are rare and unusual. Some distribution maps aim to show all places where one could potentially see a member of the species, so those would include Israel, while others are more conservative and limit the displayed range where the animals are normally seen.
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Seolhe|Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely incredible. Your work is stunning <3
I had no idea there were this many different species in the Mediterranean sea, that's actually really cool :)
I'm especially excited about this piece because the first and only time I've seen any kind of wild cetacean happened to be in the Mediterranean sea, while on a boat trip somewhere around Samos, Greece. I wish I knew what species they were, but I only saw their dorsal fins, they were quite far away and I don't have any photos I could look at to try and identify them. Based on this though, I suppose the common bottlenose dolphin would be the most likely :)
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for your kind works! It's always fun when people comment on 'older' pieces, and I'm so happy to know this poster is still being appreciated. It was quite a surprise to me too, actually, to see all this diversity. However, I guess as with all animals, you hardly ever get to see everything so things may seem a lot less diverse 'from the ground' if you get what I mean. Oh, how cool that you got to see some wild phins in Greece! Purely based on location I would agree with Common bottlenose dolphin, either that or Striped dolphins. Those are the most common species in the area :) 
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Seolhe|Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
I do enjoy looking through people's galleries randomly on occasion, and if something catch my eye I may throw in a comment here and there.
That moment, as minor as it was, is still one of the most special wildlife experiences I've had, and really helped make me so passionate about cetaceans. I really just love, and miss, the Mediterranean sea in general, and I really want to go back soon. Living up in Sweden, I'm very close to the Baltic sea and not terribly far from the North sea, and while I love the ocean in all its shapes and forms, the cold, dark and murky waters up here are so different from the clear blue water of the Mediterranean sea that I fell so deeply in love with <3
But I'm really just rambling now, haha.
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namu-the-orca|Professional General Artist
Ohh, I totally understand what you're saying, both about meeting cetaceans in the wild and the Mediterranean in general. I have the exact same feeling; although I live a little further south my view of the ocean (if I ever get to see it, I'm still a little ways away) is the cold, murky North Sea as well. There's just something about those crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean that get to me. But also the rugged wilderness that surrounds it, the rustic villages, the weather, atmosphere... I love and miss it dearly. I too need to get back to Italy some time in the near future, preferably the little island of Elba because that's especially dear to me. For some reason, whenever I come there, I want to draw - literally the second I arrive and step onto the beach, I get this urge to draw. It's awesome ♥
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