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Offline Baked_Beans

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Mdina Whale
« on: November 01, 2017, 10:47:23 AM »
I think at last I have discovered the type of whale this Mdina glass sculpture represents. I recon it's a Cuvier's beaked Whale found in the Mediterranian sea. Quite rare but they sometimes end up stranded on the coast of Malta. They all seem to have a multitude of scratch marks over their body and the dorsal fin is positioned towards the tail end rather than being central .

https://swfsc.noaa.gov/news.aspx?ParentMenuId=147&id=22054


http://uk.whales.org/species-guide/cuviers-beaked-whale


https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20110622/local/dead-dolphin-found-at-qawra.371917
Mike

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Re: Mdina Whale
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2017, 11:33:32 AM »
Good sleuthing.......

These Whales are thought to be made by Vicente Boffo when he joined Mdina in the early 70's and sold by him in 'Kings Tobacconist'.

Here are two I have.

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Re: Mdina Whale
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2017, 12:11:26 PM »
Thanks for posting your pic. Patrick . Great to see nature inspiring art in this way  :D

My whale was discovered by John and next to the whale was a Boffo fish ...also known to have been sold in King's Tobacconist but they both ended up together  in shop in Newport ,South Wales !
Mike

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Re: Mdina Whale
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2018, 09:20:40 AM »
Another Mdina whale has surfaced ! Looks remarkably similar to Patrick's on the right above !

Mike

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Re: Mdina Whale
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2018, 02:36:28 PM »
I thought you might like to see the one I have as well.
Rosie.

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Re: Mdina Whale
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2018, 07:57:03 PM »
Thanks Rosie,

There are two different styles of tail fin on these it seems . One with a curve the other cut off straight !  ???
Mike

 

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