Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
The Aquarium #8 by Julio-Lacerda The Aquarium #8 by Julio-Lacerda
Dora and Don, a lovely couple who just recently had a calf (not pictured here). Strangely enough, their calf was born with a congenital deformity: he lacks hind flippers..

photo reference
Add a Comment:
 
:iconraptorman123:
raptorman123 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Pardon me for pointing this out, but part of the dorsal fin can still be seen on one of them.
Reply
:iconfragillimus335:
Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahahaha...Dora-Don....I get it! :D
Reply
:iconleucasaurio:
leucasaurio Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
but which kind of cetaceans are?
Reply
:iconllamathedragon:
LlamaTHEDragon Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I believe they are dorudon: [link]
Reply
:iconleucasaurio:
leucasaurio Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no, I do not think it seems that they are a kind of modern cetacean that durodon
Reply
:iconllamathedragon:
LlamaTHEDragon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student General Artist
The artist himself mentions earlier in the comments that they're based on dorudon.. I think he just tried to make them look as modern as possible, seeing as many cetacean reconstructions have them looking more like reptiles than mammals.
Reply
:iconsam-gorman:
Sam-Gorman Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
There's some people with no talent.... like me. Then there's you: the artistic gods.
Reply
:iconleggurm:
Leggurm Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
When I first saw this I thought it was a modern Dolphin. Then I saw the hind flippers. Their calf lacks hind flippers, nice detail. Megalodon at some point?
Reply
:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
He wants to go for things that can actually be housed realistically.
Reply
:iconalpharaptor6:
alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
epic!
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
Reply
:iconterencethet-rex:
terencethet-rex Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
U should put a mosasaur in one
Reply
:iconacepredator:
acepredator Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
He did.
Reply
:iconterencethet-rex:
terencethet-rex Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ah
Reply
:iconalpharaptor6:
alpharaptor6 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your welcome :)
Reply
:iconsinande:
Sinande Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
"Strangely enough, their calf was born with a congenital deformity: he lacks hind flippers.."

WIN WIN WIN!!! :w00t:
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
Reply
:iconlamastok:
Lamastok Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
EVOLUTION IS BEGINNING ITS MARCH
Reply
:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Oh dear, I hope the poor guy is able to be successfully integrated into the (would it be pods at this time, what do you call proto cetaceans?)
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Proto-pods? :D
I guess he might be a little bullied by his four-finned peers, but we'll make sure he is gonna be alright :)
Reply
:iconmagpie-poet:
magpie-poet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Oh good.

:giggle: I want images of proto-pods!
Reply
:iconjwartwork:
JWArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! :) Were there actually any non-archaeocetids with hindflippers or archaeocetids without hindflippers:?
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If I'm not mistaken, every non-archaocetid cetacean (that is, modern whales and dolphins and their most recent ancestors) lack(ed) hindflippers, while most archaocetids had them, if not fully developed hindlimbs. But some latter archaeocetids, those that gave rise to odontocetes and mysticetes, must have lacked them.
Reply
:iconjwartwork:
JWArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing you knowledge! :)
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I hope my explanation made sense :XD:
Reply
:iconjwartwork:
JWArtwork Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, it did! :)
Reply
:iconneustrasbourg:
NeuStrasbourg Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
oh noes! A dolphin with only two flippers...
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
How unorthodox...
Reply
:iconyoult:
yoult Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Funny play with the actual name, buddy! :D
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :XD: I thought of the joke even before I started working on the picture!
Reply
:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a really frightening smile on the one on top...I also wouldn't give an archaeocete whale a dolphin-like face, but it's still so unique!!! :D
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha.. I do think they could've looked almost identical to a dolphin except for key differences such as the lack of melon organ, lower nostrils, conical teeth and hindflippers. I mean, most people try to reconstruct more 'ancient' things like dromeosaurs and oviraptorosaurs as being very bird-like, so why couldn't archaeocetes look like flat-headed dolphins? :D
Reply
:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I know that's true, but then again, I wonder whether an archaeocete could smile in that beautiful way as a dolphin
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you can call that artistic licence :D
Reply
:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like....what I always love to use....:)
Reply
:iconfantreasureplanetljs:
fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student General Artist
:omg: At first I thought that these actually were dolphins...until I saw the pelvic flippers.... Sooooo vute! :love: :iconbigheartplz:
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha Thank you! :D
Reply
:iconfantreasureplanetljs:
fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student General Artist
^^; Meant cute instead of "vute"... and your welcome! :aww:
Reply
:iconpedrogomessilva:
PedroGomesSilva Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Where is this aquarium? I'd love to visit Dora and Don...
Reply
:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Are these Dorudons?
If so, this reconstruction truly stands out for not making them look like rubber mosasaurs!
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They're mostly based on Dorudon, yeah. I'm not sure how plausible it is to reconstruct them as being so dolphin-like, but it's definetely weird how most Dorudon pictures look so reptilian and.. weird!
Reply
:iconnemo-ramjet:
nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
I guess the whole "reptilian dorudon" thing got started by artists' common monster/teeth fetish over dinosaurs.
Reply
:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree! I think the postcranial skeleton looked too "modern cetacean-like" (except for the hindlegs) to be reconstructed so different-looking... =O
Reply
:iconpalaeorigamipete:
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I agree! They're so dolphin-like here! Really wonderful! =) :squee:
Reply
:iconbio92:
Bio92 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
Cute. The names are also very clever.
Reply
:iconjennovazombie:
jennovazombie Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What an adorable couple! I assume the calf is probably at the aquarium vet? :P
Reply
:iconjulio-lacerda:
Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed, he's been taken care of in a separate tank for the moment. He'll soon rejoin his parents, though :D
Reply
:iconjennovazombie:
jennovazombie Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×




Details

Submitted on
March 15, 2012
Image Size
501 KB
Resolution
600×900
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
6,437 (1 today)
Favourites
129 (who?)
Comments
48
Downloads
28
×