Finally managed to get a whole piece done in a day, it’s been a while.

This piece was inspired by the recent strandings at Farewell Spit in NZ, since I couldn’t attend these two and wanted to at least do something.

This is how it looked part way:

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And this is the video footage I used to form my picture.

I used the twilight colours with a daytime composition because in keeping the whales and people as silhouettes, they remain anonymous and therefore represent all the whales saved and lost, and all the people involved in the rescue.

I used watercolours for the background and biro for the silhouettes because my fine liner pens bled a little into the paper when I tried them.



80 Amazing Pilot whales lost there lifes (July 21st,2013) 


The drive hunts, or the grinds as they are known in the Faroe Islands, are an extremely inhumane practice where entire family groups are rounded up out at sea by small motor boats and driven to the shore where they are killed in shallow bays. Once they beach, blunt-ended metal hooks inserted into their blowholes are used to drag the whales up the beach or in the shallows, where they are killed with a knife cut to their major blood vessels.

Photo Via Oliver Joensen/NORDLYSID

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We house some of our larger mammalian skulls on top of the large waterfowl cabinet.  As you can see, it isn’t exactly ideal at the moment!  The long black thing in the foreground is baleen from a whale; behind that are the skulls of 2 walruses (Odobenus rosmarus), and on the blue boxes are two whale skulls (one pilot whale, Globicephala on the left, and I’ve never been able to reach the one on the right to see what it is!).  If you look at the top of the stack of black and white boxes in the back, the topmost white box is literally just inches underneath our fluorescent lights.  It’s my dream to someday have appropriate storage for all of these individuals!


Orcininae in all their glory

Killer whale, Orcinus orca
Unknown photographer

False killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens

Long-finned pilot whale, Globicephala melas
Rory Moore

Short-finned pilot whale, Globicephala macrorhynchus
Andrew Sutton

Risso’s dolphin, Grampus griseus
Justin Hart

Melon-headed whale, Peponocephala electra
Unknown photographer

Pygmy killer whale, Feresa attenuata
Robin Baird

Irrawaddy dolphin, Orcaella brevirostris
Unknown photographer

Australian snubfin dolphin, Orcaella heinsohni
Alex Brown