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.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Creature Feature #497: Nautilus

The Nautilus are primitive members of the Cephalopod Class. He is characterised by his logarithmic spiral shell and mass of tentacles (up to 90). If threatened, he is able to withdraw entirely into his shell, covering it with a hood. Although his tentacles lack the adhesive pads of his relatives, they are ridged to allow him a firm grip on any prey that might come within grasp. He uses these and his powerful bill to rip crustaceans from the rocks to which they might attach themselves.

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