Fossil Inspired, anyhow.

Today’s #WORLDWATERCOLORGROUP watercolour has been inspired by the Asteroceras Obtusym, otherwise known as the Obtuse Star Ammonite, which I’m taking to be a well-known fact. According to Wikipedia, this is an extinct species of cephalopod of the Ammonite sub-class. They were carnivores, nektonic at that. These fast-moving nektonic carnivores lived around the Jurassic period, around 189-196 million years ago. And their evidence of being on Earth still exists to this day.

For those of you unaware, as I was, a nektonic animal is one that swims freely, regardless of current. A whale is a nektonic animal.

I don’t think I can get ‘nektonic’ in any more, so here’s today’s painting (done in about an hour):


As always, if you feel like sploshing a little colour around, more details can be found on Charlie’s blog, Doodlewash. The link today is at the beginning of the post.


  1. Hi Tom! 🙂

    Nektonic creatures fascinate me! 🙂

    There is, naturally, a living fossil that has been traced from the Triassic to the present day we call the Nautilus – You should take a look , they are pretty amazing creatures!!! 🙂

    God Bless!

    Captain Nemo! 😉

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