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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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:iconyishana8:
Yishana8 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
He's cute! Cuddly landwhales for all!
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:iconaloodonguy67:
Aloodonguy67 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Artist
Oh mammals....
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:iconmelley722:
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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:iconfurballpunk:
furballpunk Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006
SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE SO CUTE ::SNUGGLES:: PRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR I SAY THEY SHOULD CLONE ONE
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:iconcomic-gurl:
Comic-Gurl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2005
now I want me one o' them!
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:iconpaleoaeolos:
PaleoAeolos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005   Traditional Artist
Very cute and funny
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:iconmeretrix-simiorum:
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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:iconravenslore:
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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:iconsupergirlanna:
supergirlanna Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2004
hehe! he looks so happy and cute...
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:iconravenwings:
RavenWings Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2004  Student General Artist
SQUEEEEE! *huggles the ambulocetus* i hope i didn't crush the poor little butterfly....
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saoki Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2004
Do you have any idea that by saying "everybody loves a cuddly landwhale" you are enticing some of us into sewing little landwhale cuddly toys? I already have a sketch in my head. It'll have spots, of course.... ;)
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patrx Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004
Cute animal, Ursula! Love your descriptions! This would look good in a children's book...:D Happy Holidays & a prosperous New Year!! :holly:
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:iconraegirl1988:
RaeGirl1988 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004
hahah, love it, as ever =)
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:iconshinigamigirl:
shinigamigirl Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004
THAT. is the cutest thing I've seen in ages. Love that little smile of his, awww..
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:icongriliopoulos:
Griliopoulos Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic concept with a cutesy execution - educating and entertaining by bringing history to life!
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:iconheiko:
Heiko Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2004
he looks likea dolphin, dolphins that smile are planning something
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:iconevilekeeper:
evilekeeper Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2004
I totally <3 the fact that he has a soda XD
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:iconfree-feather:
free-feather Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2004
lol he's awsome! nice job!
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ParallelPenguins Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2004   Digital Artist
Ya know... I think I saw a program on the Discovery channel once with a CGI animated Ambulocetus in it... though practically the whole thing was CGI.. but anyways... I can't remember much about the program except the name Ambulocetus... rolls of the tongue in an interesting way. I love your cute drawings like this one. They always cheer me up, even when their a tad sinister.
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insanitysepiphany Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2004
Auww! So adorable! :heart:
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:iconevanjensen:
evanjensen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
He's attractive to cute insects, too?
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:iconindigomoon:
IndigoMoon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely just took a final exam on Monday with Ambulocetus on it! I don't think I remember him being quite so cute.. :D :+favlove: because it's cute AND educational!
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CH3-CO-O-CH3 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
thats an adorable creature. i would like one for a pet :)
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SleepyShippo Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
Positively adorable! Is he a baby plesiosaur? The butterfly and the soda make for lovely touches! I bet that if the Loch Ness monster had a baby, this would be him/her. I love it! Awesome job!
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:iconcoolflm:
Coolflm Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
Great coloring :D And his face is so cute :D
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:iconlarkitten:
Larkitten Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
=D As always, awesome work and great comments! =D
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:iconglowing:
glowing Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Adorable! I love the little butterfly too! :D
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:icondawen:
dawen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
Has he took his sun lotion ? :D
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:iconfirekid:
FireKid Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
Kewl.

LANDWALES UNITE!!!!!! THE REVOLUTION IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
VIVA REVOLUTION! VIVA REVOLUTION!

:yoda:
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:iconthetenutso:
thetenutso Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
that's so adorable. i'd love to walk up on one of those at the beach.
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:iconsingincoyote:
SinginCoyote Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
He looks so cute!
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:icondantes-inferno:
dantes-inferno Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
Hes lovely. I want a pet one. =D
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:iconavancna:
avancna Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will we get to see pictures of grandpapakicetus, too?
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Punakylkirastas Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
Aww. So cute. :D
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:iconenche:
enche Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004  Hobbyist Artist
Very goodly. :nod:
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:iconorena:
Orena Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
That's cute, I like the little butterfly sitting on his nose.
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:iconwholba:
wholba Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:thumbsup: so many have written... so most is said.

the only word which i might add is: the mug is appearently a leaning one. itīs body has a strong tendency to the left, which seems unplausible when compared with the bottom and top of it, which are both perfectly aligned horizontally.... :p
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dracontes Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
And I say keep them comming!
One thought: since watching Walking With Prehistoric Beasts, I have the idea of Ambulocetus as a crocodile analogue, an ambush predatior that hides under the water's surface. So I'm thinking that a particular flightless bird wouldn't want to come near rivers or lakes ;)
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madbrainsurgeon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
chillin taking it easy you gotta love ambulocetus
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:iconuiron:
uiron Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2004
your pictures always make me smile, no matter what was the mood a second before looking : )
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:iconstarrypawz:
starrypawz Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, so cute.
Theres the Dodo! Oh wait, its just a segull :D
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:iconjrhogg:
JRHogg Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004
Hallelujah for transitional forms. :) Now perhaps Ambulocetus should be joined by a few of those birds-with-fingers.
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Funky-Casanova Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004
AwWWwwwWWwww! HOW CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUTE! CAYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTAH!! *hugs the screen*
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silvanoir Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004  Hobbyist
SOOOO CUTE!

I love ancient sea animals
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:iconlikemomji:
LikeMomji Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004
i shall spread the word! the light! the Ambulocetus!
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:iconybq:
ybq Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004
oooohhh oooohhh oooohhh that's so cute!

:) :) :D
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Hermioneann Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004
:)
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amazinggrace Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004
I always get so excited when I see that you've posted something because I know I'm in for a rare treat!! This is certainly no exception. You are a true treasure :worship:--AG
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