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::thumb209997355::thumb209881002::thumb203595729::thumb204206825:
The maps actually turned out better than I thought, too
I was happy to assist you with the text and can see a bright future for you as a Cetacean illustrator, no matter what you end up doing
Not only all those paintings/drawings are super realistic (much more realistic than many professional whale illustrations I saw in books about nature), but it is also perfectly educational. I live in Europe, so for me, this is definitely useful. And the whole contept, whole idea, whole methodology and use of colours make it so easy to use.
You really have my respect and thanks for creating this incredible work! really fantastic!
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
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.
next time, if you will ever make another pic of Mediterranean cetaceans, I would like to see Grey whale, North Atlanctic Right whale, Sei Whale, and Northern Bottlenose whales as well!
You are a master of your craft, how could this have been any more beautiful in concept and execution. Thank you so much for sharing.