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.

Monday, February 29, 2016

#831: Whelk

Whelk is a term given to various species of sea snail, generally those that are consumed by humans and other animals.This fellow is an ivory whelk. Unlike their terrestrial kin, marine snails are not hermaphrodites and have distinct genders. True whelks prey on other molluscs, such as other snails, and clams, as well as carrion. For this, he has a very well developed sense of smell and can sense chemical signals from their prey. Once the prey has been located, the Whelk will bore through the shell.  

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