Orca

 

The killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca) is a toothed whale belonging to the dolphin family. Killer whales reach between 20 to 26 feet in length and weigh over 13,000 pounds, and are found in all oceans. In the west coast of Canada and the United States, there are considered three types or subspecies of Orcas: Resident, Transient, and Offshore. The Resident types live in pods, and over 300 have been individually identified and named over the past 30 years. Killer whales have the second heaviest brains of ocean mammals and have demonstrated highly intelligent behaviors in the wild and in captivity. Orcas are apex predators of the ocean and hunt other whales, fish, seals, and even great white sharks using a sophisticated learned technique to immobilize them. Although they are called "killer" whales, there have been no reported lethal attacks on humans by orcas in the wild. I modeled this orca on a specific individual: "Comet" (K-38). Comet was born in 2004 and hangs out near San Juan Island in the Pacific Northwest with his mother "Spock" (K-20). My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.

 

Orca

 

 

Orca

 

Orca

Wet clay model

 

Orca

Concept sketch - iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

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    He is also named Comet because the white by his eye appears as a streaking comet when swimming underwater. We saw him in the summer of 2005 when he decided to check out our boat in the Puget Sound. His mother (Spock, who they thought was a male until "he" had a calf because her dorsal fin is so large and tall) came to our boat and rounded him up. It was awesome!