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, September 22, 2015

#686: Seal

When I first became fascinated in animals, Seals were considered in an Order of their own - now DNA studies place them within the Carnivora Suborder: Caniforna, along with mustelids, bears and canines.

Seals can be divided into three types: the "true seals", walruses and the eared seals. Eared seals (also known as Fur Seals or Sea Lions) are capable of holding themselves erect on their front flippers and moving quadrupedally. True seals, however, are more adapted for the aquatic life. Her body is exceedingly stream-lined, lacking in external ears. Her hindlimbs are bound to her pelvis and she is unable to bring them beneath her body. On land, she must move in a clumsy, slug-like manner, wriggling along using her front flippers and abdominal muscles.

Other Seal Entries:

Fur Seal
Walrus (to come)

And other "true" seals that have featured:
Ribbon Seal
Elephant Seal

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