Blue Whale | Original Painting

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Painted on January 17th 2020 as part of the #sanctuaryjanuary Daily Art Challenge


Acrylic and fine liner on an old vintage playing card
Varnished with Matte Acrylic Varnish for protection 

Signed Certificate of Authentication Card provided


Animal Facts:
  1. Class: Mammalia
    Family: Balaenopteridae
  2. there are 5 subspecies of blue whale
  3. 'The global blue whale population abundance is estimated to be 10,000-25,000 blue whales, roughly 3-11% of the population size estimated in 1911. There remain only much smaller concentrations in the Eastern Noth Pacific (1,647), Central North Pacific (63-133), North Atlantic (1,000-2,000), Antarctic (2,280), New Zealand (718), Northern Indian Ocean (270), and Chile (570-760)' (data taken from Wikipedia)
  4. threats include ship strikes, fishing gear/net entanglement, changes in underwater noises which affect communication, diving, foraging, socializing, testing, hearing loss, and further behaviors; seismic surveys for oil and gas, and military sonar and explosions also have a huge impact. Pollutants, plastics, oil (ingestion), disease, toxins, illegal hunting, and climate change are other large threats to their populations

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