About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Creature Feature #356: Jellyfish

Jellyfish are free-swimming marine animals, characterised by their gelatinous dome with trailing curtain of tentacles. They swim by sending pulses through the dome, propelling them forward. Jellyfish are ancient and primitive creatures, lacking in a respirative system. Their body is thin enough to oxygenate via diffusion - allowing them to absorb oxygen directly from the water. The tentacles are equipped with stingers to help them catch and stun prey. If food is adequate, they will spawn daily, with individuals simultaneously releasing their eggs or sperm into the water. They can also reproduce asexually by budding.

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