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Livyatan Melvillei after breathing air. It was a top predator of the Miocene.
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Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015   General Artist
OK, that looks horrifying!
1999zachary Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest that looks terrifying XD 
H-skis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Yes, my Baby. Feed apon the small, and become a GOD!
Yeah, I have a Whale addiction XD But this looks really good!
Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
absolutely stunning o.O
fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student General Artist
:jawdrop::wow: WOW very cool! :nod:

;) Have you ever heard of the high-finned sperm whale? 
JojoDaggerback Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CoolClap . It is a dreadful sight if you were a scooba diver in Miocene:D (Big Grin) 
Bestiarius Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
This picture looks really very good, but the problem is that you painted Livyatan more or less exactly like a modern day sperm whale with a different dentition and the eye at another position. But this animal was very different, and it was most probably not that similar to Physeter at all. The line of Livyatan and modern sperm whales divided already a very long time ago, even before the lines of modern sperm whales and pygmy sperm whales divived. So we can be quite sure, that anatomical traits only seen in Physeter but not in Kogia, were also not present in Livyatan. For example the shape and position of the dorsal fin, which is still normal in Kogia, but modified into a series of humps in Physeter. The position of the nostril is also only in Physeter at the very top of the spermaceti organ. Kogia has a totally normally positioned blowhole above the eyes. The wrinkles seen in modern sperm whales seems also some sort of novel feature. The shape of the mouth was also probably somewhat different in Livyatan, as there was probably more soft tissue of cheeks and probably also lips covering the upper teeth at least in the more posterior part of the jaws.
JojoDaggerback Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Look like you know a lot about morphology , to me Balcsika drawing don't look so different from the one I've seem at the side of it's fossil head in a museum, just a little bulkier. :) (Smile) 

So... maybe you find it silly but I can't understand why Livyatan Melvillei was closer to a sperm whale if it resemble more a killer whale(I guess):o (Eek) . Can you help me with this question?Meow :3 
Bestiarius Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
To undertstand the relations of Livyatan with other whales, it´s good to take a look at this phylogenetic tree:…
Modern sperm whales are among the most specialized of all whales, and they have a lot of weird anatomical traits, like giant size, (usually) non-erupting upper teeth, a giant spermaceti organ which covers the whole rostrum, multiple "humps", wrinkled skin (it´s not always wrinkled BTW), a fully anterior and lateral blowhole and several other things. But in the past, there were much more kinds of sperm whales, which were similar in some anatomical traits to modern sperm whales, but still very different in others. For example, the ancestral sperm whales were not giants, but ranged from the size of a big dolphin to a big orca. They had still upper teeth, and their skulls show that in some very early lines, the spermaceti organ was still not covering the whole snout (like in Zygophyseter for example). Some of those very early sperm whales were probably just fish-eaters with comparably thin rounded teeth, but several lines evolved a more predatory way of live with massive interlocking teeth with sharp shearing edges, for example Brygmophyseter, Zygophyseter and Hoplocetus ritzi, which were probably very similar in ecology to modern orcas (which have also a very wide range of different prey animals), other were quite small but had massive jaws and teeth like Acrophyseter. The line which did lead to Livyatan was also different. It was still closer to modern sperm whales than the forementioned species, but still not as close to modern sperm whales as pygmy sperm whales are to Physeter catodon. After all, Livyatan was totally unique, and in its anatomical traits to some degree just parallel evolutions to both killer whales and modern sperm whales, but based on the bauplan of archaic sperm whales. It´s all somewhat complex and not that easy to explain.
The problem with the life-reconstruction in the museum it that it includes some errors too.
aaronjohngregory Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is outright incredible. So very, very inspiring. 
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rubinenauge Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
those teeth look huge D:
but the picture is epic. I'm in awe with your use of colors!
TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
could this be that whale in the 4th Ice Age movie?
AschisWorkshop Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
thanks a lot for the inspiration
Eesa77 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2014
Hello. May I use this excellent image for the book cover and the reference in the book will be provided to your site, or are you willing to sell this artwork for such a purpose?
Mugeenman Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very impressive, would I be able to use this as an illustration in one of my literary works? I'll give credit of course :)
brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
What a gorgeous image. You are very talented!
QCY8 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this painting. Excellent detail.
Traheripteryx Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Watch out, Carcharocles! :D
Truly epic painting! AWESOME!
Peterhutzler Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Nagyon, nagyon szép munka!!!
Beauty work!!!
KitWhitham Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Now this is a fearsome leviathan! Very well done!
Dinogod Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!
Congrats :D
Paleo-reptiles Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
really beautiful....many thanks for share it with us
TroyandFriends Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*Hides behind a rock on land where it's safe*
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