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):

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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.

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

15 Comments

  1. Oh you nektonic you, Tom !!!

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    1. Hehehe!
      Wait – are you comparing me to a whale? 😉

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      1. Whales are highly intelligent, gentle, spiritual beings with amazing songs. You’re in good company !!

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        1. Ah – I thought so. 😀 😉
          Thank you very much, Raili!

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          1. Whew (wipes sweat off brow) – I thought for a minute you thought I had insulted you !

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            1. Nah… I am kind of whale like as it stands anyway! 😀

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    1. 😀 Thanks, Sue! I liked connecting with history with this one.

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  2. 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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    1. That is one thing I will do, Prenin (or Cap’n!)… and I’ve made a note!

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  3. Scary lil fellas … yet, they look so cute.
    Isadora 😎

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    1. They do as fossils, Isadora… I wonder if they were as cute when they roamed freely? I bet they had teeth. They always have teeth.

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