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AND ALL HELICOPRION FOLLOWED... by SharkeyTrike AND ALL HELICOPRION FOLLOWED... by SharkeyTrike
I have drawn the bizarre whorl-toothed shark, Helicoprion, a couple of times, but felt compelled to take another shot at it after reading the studies published recently. I used the reconstructions by the wonderful Ray Troll as the basis and wanted to show it eating squid, based on information that Helicoprion's 100 or so teeth seemed to be fixed, suggesting it ate soft prey. The whorl and the slot in the upper jaw also reminded me of the way a sperm whale's lower jaw fitted into its upper. I imagined therefore that it may have hunted like a smaller sperm whale, diving deep to slash in amongst shoals of squid, perhaps hunting larger cephalopods. With this in mind, I pictured Helicoprion bearing wounds like those of a sperm whale, tentacle slashes and sucker marks; previously I had modeled scarring on the shark like that on a great white. I was also interested to note that the shark was apparently closely related to Chimaeras and ratfish; both these have only one gill slit so I have alluded to that. In this image a Helicoprion is feasting on a gathering of mating squid; these usually happen in the dark but for the sake of artistic expediency, I have inferred many of the squid still being up near the surface at daylight.

The image was colour pencils and pastels on royal blue paper
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:iconmadmadman01:
madmadman01 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014   General Artist
so kickass. huge props!
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing painting, really brings these creatures to life!
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:iconfeldrand:
feldrand Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful - i love it... :D
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bridgitalldigital Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
This is brilliant... the lighting on the shark's back from the water makes me so envious! So difficult to make that look real!
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Ruschman Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I still do not know if it was even a fish, regardless of the "teeth". However, This is a great painting based on a grand guess.
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justin5578 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013

Love it.

 

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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Those teeth FINALLY make sense!
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Great picture, but I've always wondered if the jaw would be akin to the Sawfish..? With a completely horizontal sword like protrusion and bladed teeth running along it. My guess would be, from the fossil remains, that when some cartilage dries up it perhaps contracts causing a spiral form.... But that's only a theory. Having seen dried up sharks and sea creatures on the beach, I could easily see such a thing occurring...
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FutureAesthetic Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
very realistic! 
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:iconbatworker:
batworker Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Impressive work!
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:iconhybodusstudios:
HybodusStudios Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
amazing animal
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Gogosardina Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful to see your updated Helico.
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MondoArt Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
man... this must be one of nature's funkiest creation ever... O.O
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ksdinoboy95 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
your work hypnotizes me its sooooooooooooo awwwwwwwwwwwwsum!
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:iconteratophoneus:
Teratophoneus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
in my opinion, this is probably the most awkward shark ever. :)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Thanks and congrats for this excellent Helicoprion restoration!
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:icontheprehistoricmaster:
Very nice! :D
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:iconangelanovus:
angelanovus Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!!!!
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic!
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:iconnightwolfstriker:
nightwolfstriker Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Very nicely done.
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SharkeyTrike Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for all the comments, everyone. One thing I forgot to mention was that I used metallic pastels on the shark - a silver and a metallic sea green. Gives some interesting effects.
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GrahamRJ Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
I think this is super accurate, well done :)
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apexpredator7 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Amazing
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ChrisMasna Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Glorious.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know very few words to describe how awesome this is! :worship:
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marvellous restoration
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:iconmortalshinobi:
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
beautiful imagery. quite intricate in detail.
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abigbat Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fascinating insight into your work, I'm constantly impressed by your dedication to your work.
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Mondglimmer Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   Writer
with the background-facts, your talent and technique your Helicoprion appears as such a vivid beauty. I'm in love!
... and I've never seen such cute squids :aww:
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Banvivirie Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
AW YES
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hellcatdave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Wow, very impressive.
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