Description Made famous for its appearance as the avenging albino leviathon in Moby Dick, the Sperm whale is indeed an imposing creature: it is the largest toothed carnivore on the planet, reaching up to 60 feet long and 63 tons, with males typically being one and a half times the size of females. This species name comes from its spermiceti organ, located in its strikingly large head, which contains an oily substance (spermiceti) that dries waxy and white and was historically sought after as a fuel source. Another unique feature of this species is its use of echolocation to find and hunt food. It has one row of teeth, only on the bottom jaw, an arrangement which could help it grasp its slippery prey, such as the giant squid. Sperm whales can be found in all the worlds oceans and at all latitudes, prefering deep waters of 200 meters or more. They have been hunted until only recently and are currently listed as threatened, with a population of about a million.
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. As an illustrator she has worked with a range of groups and institutions, including the Smithsonian, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. Tamara has a BS and MS in Biology/Ecology and was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is a recent President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries and enjoys being involved in local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats as much as the creatures she illustrates inspire her.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their young daughter. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com
Catalog Details Product No 4027324 Subjects Style Medium TagsClark, Tamara