Sunday, August 26, 2012

Dogs of the Sea

From Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Erebus & Terror
under the command of Captain Sir James Clark Ross, R.N., F.R.S.,
during the years 1839 - 1843.


  1. I distrust them more than any other, especially here in the south where they come at you, out surfing the reef and there's a 200 metre paddle back to shore, through slack water. I call them 3 ton dobermanns.

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    1. Probably should clarify that. I think that the Orca capensis pictured above has since been renamed Orca gladiator. What a seriously cool name.

  3. Eeek! Another good reason not to learn to swim.

  4. What would we do without artists? One of my favourite creatures the orca, even though they can be mean to the poor seal. Those sea leopards are really savage - I think they eat seals too

  5. Sea leopards, shudder. Have had an Orca visitation in very shallow water, I had the feeling he, a male with a metre + dorsal, was aware what I was thinking at the time.

  6. That would be very scarey Merc. But they tend not to attack humans, or do I have that wrong?

  7. I'd be more worried about sea leopards. They look terrifying. I held one of their skulls in my hand once ... huge and really really big teeth.

  8. Here the old bull sea lions charge at you, the sea leopards don't seem to worry. Of Orca we have plenty and they interact, no attacks no, they are just too intelligent. I think they do like to give us the odd fright though.
    I am off to surf the far north, virtually no sea life there now, I prefer the alive seas of the south, as the Duke called them.