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.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Creature Feature #502: Neon Flying Squid

Yes, this is a real animal.

The Neon Flying Squid is an aerial cephalopod. He enjoys a cosmopolitan distribution, following a cyclical migratory between feeding and breeding grounds. The name comes both from his bright colouring, and also from the membranous webbing between some of his tentacles. When threatened, he is capable of shooting out of the water, spreading his tentacles, and gliding for some distance. He has also been observed actively prolonging his time in the air, thus making this more akin to flight than merely gliding.

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