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Ambulocetus Goes To The Beach by ursulav Ambulocetus Goes To The Beach by ursulav
One of these days I'll get all that Con art uploaded, I swear to god...meanwhile, here's another piece of it! Our happy-go-lucky landwhale, Ambulocetus, relaxes on the beach with a cool drink and a happy butterfly. That pesky dodo is nowhere to be seen--maybe his head's in the sand, or he ran out of sunscreen--but I can't imagine he'll stay away for long. Meanwhile, however, happy landwhale! (I dispensed with the spots, since he wanted to be blue in the watercolor version...)

People who haven't been following my weirdness exhaustively (and really, why would you?) would probably like an explanation, so the short version is that Ambulocetus is a real critter, I didn't make him up, known as the "walking whale" a fossil transitional form of the sort that make evolutionary biologists bounce in their chairs with glee. He's got a whale head, whale teeth, whale wiggly little ear bones--but his blowhole hasn't migrated up top yet, and he's got feet. He was about six feet long and due to the way his hips attached, they think he probably moved a lot like a modern sea lion. I've taken to drawing him occasionally as part of my ongoing quest to light a candle against the darkness, etc, etc,* on the principle that everybody loves a cuddly landwhale, damnit, and the more people know about Ambulocetus, the better a world we live in.

Original 5 x 7 mixed media SOLD. Prints available! Landwhales for everyone! Drop a note or visit [link] for details!


*And should that candle happen to brush against a few particularly flimsy houses of rhetorical cards, well, them's the breaks.
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Yishana8 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
He's cute! Cuddly landwhales for all!
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Aloodonguy67 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Artist
Oh mammals....
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melley722 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! so cute!!!!
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OfCurledTails Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
Ambulocetus was portrayed has a horse-eating fuzzy crocodile in the BBC documentury series Walking with Beasts. So seeing him looking almost innocent and gentle is really wierd.

And there can never be too much wierdness. Keep it up!
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GreenShadow Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
...For just a moment there, I wanted to run right out and have that tattoo'd to my stomach.
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furballpunk Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE SO CUTE ::SNUGGLES:: PRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR I SAY THEY SHOULD CLONE ONE
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Comic-Gurl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2005
now I want me one o' them!
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PaleoAeolos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005   Traditional Artist
Very cute and funny
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Meretrix-Simiorum Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005   Writer
An extinct landwhale? Does it get any better than this? =P

I really like this. Very original.
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RavensLore Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Have you ever read the HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams? Something tells me you would love it.
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