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Predatory Tunicate by NocturnalSea Predatory Tunicate by NocturnalSea
I looked at my t-shirt website recently and realized it is-- how you say?-- the suck. So I'm going to start adding some new shirt prints to spruce things up a bit.

Predatory tunicates are sedentary predators found in the deep sea. While your average tunicate is a passive filter-feeder that looks like a vase, Megalodicopia has developed a large hood-trap around its inhalant siphon which it uses to grab little critters out of the water.

I'm rather shocked that no one-- NO ONE-- else on Deviantart has drawn a predatory tunicate (except for that cartoony nar-walrus yelling at a few). I mean, come on guys! Aren't these, like, every marine biology nerd's favorite animal? What gives?
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Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I MADE ONE. Two actually, though perhaps not at the time you made this: [link] [link]
I've got quite a lot of weird animal (based-) things in my gallery, actually, and would appreciate if you'd check it it out. :)
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
oh yeah, I remember those! Neat!
QuazarShark Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
aaaaaa I had no idea those things were real either, they scared the pants off me in Aquaria! xD
Looking at those brittlestars is extremely enjoyable.
a-schlag Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
those things r cool
PeteriDish Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And a new thing I learned again! I won't view them as mere "boring" filter feeders any more! =D
They look so alien in your painting I'd almost think something like that could live on Europa! =)
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012   General Artist
Dude. Aquaria. These guys were teh ebilness. I didn't realize they were reeeeallll O_O
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, that part was awesome! I absolutely love Aquaria! What's even better is the game also has Cymothoa exiqua, this freaky parasitic isopod that eats a fish's tongue, then takes its place.
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   General Artist
DUDE I remember that one... I learned about it before Aquaria though.
avancna Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I told one of my professors about Megalodicopia, he said it was "the rocket scientist among tunicates"
The-Episiarch Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
I really like your style - it reminds me a lot of Ray Troll's work. :)
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He's always been one of my biggest influences, even for my usual stuff done on white paper.
RevolverWinds Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
This is a style I hadn't seen you use before, and I was really drawn to examine the piece based off its thumbnail. I love everything about this image, and how you cleverly framed the center with eloping star fish.

I could see this being a black light poster aswell as a t-shirt.
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you like it.

This is the first time I really started experimenting with using black paper, which gives drawings this very luminous, "black-light" quality as you called it. I rather like the way it comes out.
Eurwentala Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional
These things are crazy. If I hadn't seen photographs, I would still have problems believing they actually exist. Thanks for making DA's first piece of predatory tunicate art. :) It's awesome.

I would like to draw tons of weird marine animals, but somehow I'm never happy with anything I try, and end up leaving them unfinished (or usually hardly started). I have tried drawing these things, eel larvae, free-swimming tunicates, sea snails, crinoids (oh my god, have you seen a walking crinoid?) and so on, but without notable success.
Nesihonsu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the link sent - they are truly unbelievable beings :)
indigomagpie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
i'd heard bout the predatory bivalves - hadn't heard about the predatory tunicates!
NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Look them up. They're awesome! I'd especially recommend David Attenborough's Blue Planet, which was the first place I heard about them.
electreel Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
I also first heard about them watching Blue Planet =D They're probably the most amazing evolutionary twist I've ever seen.
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