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Aspidochelone Juvenile by thomastapir Aspidochelone Juvenile by thomastapir
A somewhat more polished take on the Aspidochelone ([link]), addressing some of the comments about island size relative to whale host, barnacle stem elasticity, etc. I really wanted to get a sense here of the whale as an entire massive, mobile ecosystem, from the bird-eating dry-land barnacles atop the "island," to the various species of plantkon- and fish-feeding barnacles on the "continental shelf" of its sloping brow, down to the healing Vamporpoise scars on its vast benthic underside. I also wanted to convey a sense of the animal's great longevity, even in a relatively young individual--I'm not sure that really comes across here. Lastly, I was hoping to reinforce the association between the barnacles and abyssal tube worms, which were the inspiration for the chemosynthetic symbiosis.

Ideally I'd also like to do more refined versions of the Snorkoise and Vamporpoise. Stay tuned!
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:iconsaucylobster:
Just going through my old favourites and I stumble upon this guy, I'm reading the comments, bouyancy comes up and I think... If several 'islands' do form on a single whale they could prevent it sinking and collectively hold the animal up, effectively making it little more than a platform, a barnacle transport slave.
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:iconthomastapir:
You know, ~whalewithlegs did his own version that was almost EXACTLY like that, and now for the life of me I can't find it! : / I'll let you know if I ever track it down.
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:iconsaucylobster:
Cool, hope you find it.
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:iconthomastapir:
Here you go, lower left!
[link]
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:iconsaucylobster:
Ah yes I remember seeing these. Good synergy between you two, expand on each others ideas and getting alot of mileage out of them.
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:iconclutch45:
Well, after being amazed by the art itself, I have now read the comments and, other than feeling like the only under-educated person on this page, I'm wonderstruck by the outflow of fascinating ideas that nearly always erupts in your conversations!
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:iconclutch45:
VERY interesting take on this creature! Well formed and thought out, indeed! First thing that comes to mind for me is the new Sinbad animated miovie they made a few years back, on the dvd there's an interactive short story where he and his crew are actually camped on one without realizing it. It doesn't enjoy having it's 'trees' cut down to repair the mast... Though their interpretation of it was that the animal itself was the island, asn the trees grew straight from it's back.

I think I like yours better... Less angry (as anything in a Sinbad story would have to be), and more beleivable.
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scythepuppet Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As such a tremendous animal, how maneuverable are they for fighting predators? Or do they have another method for dealing with them?
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:iconthomastapir:
That's a good question! They are NOT very maneuverable, but once they get past the perilous juvenile phase they are pretty much invulnerable by virtue of sheer mass. The only animals posing a consistent threat are the Vamporpoise...See the first page of comments for thoughts on how they might deal with those.
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scythepuppet Mar 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh, fascinating. It's weird to think that this thing is basically a whale with buoy instead of a blowhole.
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