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Dolphins of Japan by tiffanyturrill Dolphins of Japan by tiffanyturrill
The dolphin killing season started a month ago in The Cove of Taiji, but so far no killings have taken place - until a few days ago.

15 Risso's dolphins were herded and slaughtered, and will be cut up and sent throughout Japan to be eaten. Their bodies are likely loaded with mercury, too.


I did this piece after reading about it. These are all of the species of dolphins of Japan, and one porpoise.
(just because Dall's are the one porpoise that think they're dolphins- hyperactive cuties!)

And if you don't know what I'm talking about, go see this movie:


Aside from the rather depressing news, I really enjoyed doing this piece - Cetaceans were my thing for a long time, it's been years since I drew some and took it to finish. I was mostly able to remember all the scientific names from memory, too. neeeeerd! :P
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NEJOS Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student General Artist
AWW! i love dolphins too!!Heart Love but im so mad with these people that hurt they in that horrible way!!!Waaaah! i saw the movie "earthlings" and i was crying a lot when they show the way these monsters killed the dolphins...:( (Sad) THEY NEED OUR RESPECT!!!
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
I tried to watch Earthlings once. Couldn't make it. :<
dis3ased Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i seriously love this
you have no idea...
Snakeman2013 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013   General Artist
one of the reasons that, despite it being our friend, we fucking hate Japan
Liris-san Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the excellent work! I really want her to participate in the project "Namiko" - [link]. I hope you do not mind?
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
yeah, i'd appreciate you waiting for my response BEFORE posting my art.
konan655 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
we must end the killing
Umbreon0001 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Poor dolphins... That's so sad... :*(
Alma-Rose Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like how you put the link into the movie - but some of the information there is misleading. Especially the fact that North American parks obtain their dolphins from these situations.
dolfinguy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
I sure would like to see some more cetacean art from you; there needs to be more really good cetacean artists on DA. Perhaps you could find some of those old pieces and scan them in. I, too, am a cetacean and marine life artist, and I specialize in drawing and painting sperm whales.

I also wish you had provided a way to view a larger/expanded size (whatever they call it on DA), because it's difficult to read the species and scientific names on some of them when they are printed against the lighter and whiter backgrounds/areas of the image; at least at this resolution.
whitetippedwaves Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Featured in my journal: [link]
GemKorca Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011   Photographer
stunning!!! The colours are beautiful!
jollywrecker92 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
What happens to these gorgeous animals is horrid. It really is. The image is extremely beautiful! I'm ashamed of Japan for letting this happen, as my grandmother is fully Japanese, and I'm quarter. Nothing makes me more sick than the way these animals are disgustingly slaughtered. Those fishermen need to be accounted for in murder, not only to the Dolphins, but to their own people as well.

If I could, I'd steal those Dolphins and Whales from disgusting places like Sea World and give them a real home, where they can be who they're meant to be. Who they are. :( Goddamn Sea World and it's Blood Dolphin trade.... Have you seen Blood Dolphins? It was a short series that premiered on Animal Planet with Ric O'Berry, I never got to watch it. It's infuriating to see what happens to these animals.
Itsgoose2u Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is so epic. @.@
asti-friend Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely done! The angle is, in my humble opinion, that was gives the drawing it`s special touch. The colouration of the dolphins is also good and the angle of the fat porpoise at the top right looks downright great. I imagine it is hard to draw a dolphin aslant.

I also hope that this dolphin massacre will be ended soon.....
poseidonsimons Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
cool. maybe a whales of japan for next :)
Kaly89 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
love it!!!
Remedy-Kiua Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
While the overall message of The Cove is a good one, it is filled with flawed information about where these dolphins end up. It antagonizes North American parks for obtaining these dolphins, except not a single North American park has a dolphin from these drives.
KillerOrcaWhale Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
This is a beautiful piece :heart:
Fairygirl1031 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
love this!
gaering Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
I loved this one!!
leahandviolets Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011
I love your style, truly it's beautiful.

Even if the purpose is to bring to attention to the slaughter taking place[link]
DolphinChild Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
is there sucha thingas white watercolor?? You did AmAzing ON ThiS!!!!!
DolphinChild Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
ILOVEEXPERIMENT626 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i saw the cove, i couldnt help but cry through most of it :( i wish i could help stop it every year , id love to get in touch with O'barry

and this is just beautiful, youve captured the the flow and movement superbly, the colours and watery-ness and the reflections on their backs! :heart: its just beautiful
amour-interdit Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
hehe the short finned pilot whale makes me giggle.

I saw The Cove for my English Comp class and it made me sad. If dolphin meat wasn't loaded with Mercury and they were only being killed for consumption (necessary for survival) I wouldn't have been so upset since we slaughter cattle, chickens, pigs, etc for food... (it all saddens me anyway) but it's not the same so I feel like I have a right to defend our "killing method" and hate theirs.

I don't know... even if my theory isn't right I still see dolphins as beautiful creatures that should be free. They're not eating all of our fish... we're eating theirs.
MachiasBanshee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful picture.. I remember looking at old slaughter photos from National Geographic Magazine when I was a little kid. It was so sad to see all these dolphins dying on the shore. The amount of blood always haunted my memory... :(
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
me too, I read those same issues as a kid D:

the worst is that those issues were from the 70s/80s, and nothing has changed....
AmnioticOef Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
I'd call you more of a "Cetacean Jesus". God, what a great collection of dolphins!

I find it hard to believe that the short finned pilot whale actually has those fins.
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Oh, that's so sad. T___T But your art is beautiful!
PostMortem Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Taiji is an asshole. Like if it was a person I would punch him/her in the face, then send them to jail. Love the movie, love this picture. Awesome work!!
Lake-Michigan Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
This is really cool looking and easily the best drawings of dolphins I've seen. :D
Hii2u Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Amazing! :thumbsup:

The Japanese government should treasure the variety of dolphins Japan have, rather than kill them. The Japanese government surely lacks compassion, let alone brains. :X
Kronosaurus82 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Artist
Absolutely beautiful. Lovely composition. :)
aconite-pawlove Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work. It's also great that you gave a message about the slaugthering.
RobindV Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
mevlitbolukbas Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
oww wanderfull
shockwavefan Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
i really like that!
BondArt Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful! Saw the movie randomly at Burning Man this year, and I am glad you are bringing it up.
namu-the-orca Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
This is a truly amazing and beautiful drawing! :D
AquaOrca Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, great composition, and attention to detail :D.
Lunchi Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Japan is slaughtering a lot of Dalls porpoises each year so I think it was fitting, that you included them into your painting. I love how you did the routh toothed, Dalls porpoise, pilot and false killer whale. The striped and pantropical dolphins also came out so nice!
But the northern rhight whale dolphin looks totally different in my opinion and the bottlenosed could be a bit better. But all in all I love this painting! Especially the colors and shading and how you gathered all these dolphins up in a group. They look so lively and active, that one cannot even imagine that some people still slaughter them. You managed to express all their happiness, friendly nature, elegance and joy of life in this picture.
Sockenfussel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Since my daughter is an animal fan and has a weakness for dolphins I'd love to order this as a poster for her bedroom. I'm serious, it's awesome...
AlexPhotograpy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
its so impressive.
a really cool and amazing drawing from all species must be saved in japan.
maybe i can add it and your account to my journal?
would really like it.
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
sure! :D
SineSquared Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Aww.. dolphins!
My roommate is Japanese and we got in a fight about this. She was like - What gives us the right to choose to eat one animal over another! I was like - killing one dolphin is the equivalent of killing tons of other, lesser, more sustainable fish.

Luckily today's generation of people don't have any real custom of eating dolphin and whale meat. It's the people over 50 who used to eat it as kids and still hunger for it now. But nowadays most people would rather just have chicken.
Kuwaizair Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010
oh, at least you used that and not

"because dolphins are smart, and love each other and have sex for fun and are graceful and cute"
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
i know. the old guard of Japanese culture is still a very proud one, but unfortunately their obstinance comes at the price of their health, and that of their children's. they relabel the dolphin meat as whale, and make it mandatory for country school children. and theyre surprised why they all have mercury poisoning and resulting neurological disorders. :-/

i;m definitely glad the Cove movie is getting such a reception with the younger folks in japan, though. maybe there's still time.
SineSquared Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
Actually I'd never heard of the Cove movie before I saw your links.. I think it's a natural thing - people don't want to eat dolphins nowadays!! It's the government that's more of a problem.
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