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Margaret Whitelaw, Orcas, or Killer Whales 2008

Orca - sea monster
Clear photos showing fins, saddle and/or eye patches will be much appreciated and acknowledged by the Antarctic Whale Identiication Catalogue. Sighting sheets from PO Box 1233, Whangarei, New Zealand. Orca Research

Tony Soper, Antarctica: A Guide to the Wildlife 2004



Lisa Goren, Whale bones, Antarctica #05



Lisa Goren, Blue Whale, Antarctica #01

The paintings above are part of a series I've been working on that I call "300 Blue Whales". I started out painting whale bones from an abandoned whaling station in Antarctica because they were so beautiful and the place was so haunting. When I was in Antarctica, I had hoped to see a Blue Whale but didn't think much about it when we didn't see any. Recently, (now nearly 10 years since I was in Antarctica!) I found out that there are not many more than 300 blue whales left in the Antarctic seas due to aggressive whaling in the first half of the 20th century. I decided that I would do a series of 300 paintings to honor these beautiful animals.

Lisa Goren, 2007