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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Creature Feature #571: Blue Whale

Due to various commitments, I have been temporarily stalled on the Ps - I have, however, been drawing quite a lot of animals, and so it is time to take a step back and look at a beast I really should have presented for "B".
The Blue Whale is the heaviest animal ever to have lived, weighing around 177 tonnes and measuring up to 30 m in length. Even her tongue weights 2.7 tonnes. Her diet consists almost exclusively of krill, occasionally copepods; she devours up to 40 million a day. These are sifted through her baleen. She is not social,generally living alone or with a single individual and only gathering in loose groups when food is plentiful. Blue Whales were almost hunted to extinction during the peak of whaling, although their preferred targets were generally the smaller Right or Sperm whales. She is now classified as Endangered.

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