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Whales of the Mediterranean sea - POSTER by namu-the-orca Whales of the Mediterranean sea - POSTER by namu-the-orca

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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Having followed the process of this for weeks, if not longer, I'm still blown away by the result of all your hard work and research. Each of the species has been painted to detail and displays an outstanding level of accuracy. Misplace just one little bit and the whole would be diminished! I can't point to any species and say that I like it best, because they are all gorgeous - no wonder, given that each is an individual painting in itself. Personally, I do love your Humpback whale a lot for its white parts.

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 :)
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This is absolutely incredible piece of work, I can not even imagine how much you needed to study and how long you needed to practise before you could even start.

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! :clap: really fantastic!
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Liopurodon4x Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
did you know the firt true orca evoloved in the Mediterranean sea  orcinus citoniensis fossils are found in italy. 
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
Oh that's cool! I knew the species, but not their locality :)
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Liopurodon4x Featured By Owner Edited Oct 29, 2018
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 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins are more found in Israel.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  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 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2017  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 Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Love 
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DolphinChild Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016
Is this to scale?
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  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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Lord-Frog Featured By Owner Edited Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist
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 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  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 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  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-orca Featured By Owner Edited Apr 13, 2016  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 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015
I'll just repeat my previous comment: Jesus Christ. When I get a room, I need this on my wall.
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
i'll hold you to that
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Awaterbearer Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Very nice
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Starfoxfanatic4ever Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
Howcome not all maps of the Fin Whale's range include Israel?
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2015  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 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  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 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  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 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  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 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  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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Onikaizer Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
As a science illustrator, this is the kind of work that drove into becoming one. Awesome all around
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:iconnamu-the-orca:
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for the kind comment! Very glad to know this poster's still being appreciated :D Also, thank you very much for the watch!
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werewolfkate555 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
I love your illustrations :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Very glad to hear that :aww:
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POOVER Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Just amaging!!
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!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sei whale is on the poster! Right between the Fin and Minke whale :) Though for as far as I know Grey's, North Atlantics and Northern Bottlenoses do not live in the Mediterranean. They may have been seen there once or twice, but such rare occurrences don't mean it's part of the animal's range. I wanted to include the common and also rare inhabitants of the Mediterranean, but couldn't take every odd sighting in :)
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POOVER Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
My bad, THERE IS a sei whale!(><)
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POOVER Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Thank you namu!

True... I hope they will come back one day ^^
Your works are always just magnificent!
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TMJumpLass Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
aaaaa this is so cute i love it
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aha, some are just adorable, aren't they? Thank you! :love:
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TMJumpLass Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
risso's dolphins are such sweeties i love them
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh yes total cuties, especially the little ones. Even though they are in fact rather rough with each other - they're 'originally' dark grey, but males will turn almost completely white with scars as they mature :0
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TMJumpLass Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ah, so does that explain why i always see rake marks on them in pictures?
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes :)
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is fantastic!
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! :D Belongs on a field guide of the area's sealife, certainly..
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, that's very kind! :love: Would be awesome to have some of my illustrations published :D
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
Yeah, it really would~ :)
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cjr413 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice poster. It is very informative, and decorative aswell. If I had money to spend on DA, i'd buy it and hang it in my bedroom. Beautiful piece.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much! I've got it hanging on the wall at home as well, and it looks really good, if I may say so myself. Definitely worth the buy if you do ever have enough money :)
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reciii Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Stunning work!
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.
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so so much for the incredibly kind words :love: I'm really pleased you like it!
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tariqsobh Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great and useful effort :)
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namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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Evelwyn Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really really beautiful! I love it! :)
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