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Fish of Baltic Sea by Eurwentala Fish of Baltic Sea by Eurwentala
While the Baltic Sea might seem boring and mundane compared to tropical oceans, it has a fairly diverse and very odd assemblage of fish. It's the world's largest pool of brackish water, but it's geologically so young, there are no specialized brackish water species.

So it's a confusing mix. There are resilient ocean species, often smaller than their oceanic counterparts and unable to breed in some parts of the sea, and just as resilient freshwater fish venturing into the salty parts. Arctic fish mixed with temperate species coming from south. Oceanic fish that once invaded fresh waters and then returned here, now unable to tolerate full ocean salinity.

Fish that give birth, fish whose males get pregnant, fish whose eyes migrate over their heads during their lifetimes, fish that build nests, fish that smell like fresh cucumber. We have everything.

Made for Sieppo, a children's magazine published by The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation.

Black markers and Photoshop imitating watercolor.
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amelia-baxter Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gorgeous, this is a great style for it - both accurate and clear. I had no idea the Baltic Sea had such interesting fish. It is a bit hard to read the writing though.
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Cyoan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice to see some fish like those here on deviantart! You really drew them in a great way! (:
I myself always have a lot of fun with pipefish and young flatfish every time we go to the Baltic Sea because you can easily find them at the coast (the crustaceans are great, too, though ;D). But I see, there really are a lot of interesting species there, some of which I haven't known til now.
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TheBattyCrow Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you don't already do professional illustrating, you totally should! The world needs this type of talent^^
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Wow, thanks. :)
I do some professional stuff once in a while, though writing is my main occupation. I did get paid for these fishes, for example.
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MadeWithLove8 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice piece!  I really like art like this, nat history style ;) :heart:
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Orionide5 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Which smells like cucumber? And that flatfish looks amusingly contemplative!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Thanks! I had fun drawing it.

The European smelt (Osmerus eperlanus) is the cucumber-smelling one. The scent is actually pretty strong and really weird when coming from a fish. :)
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work! :) The fish look really realistic, as well as alive ^^ 

Also, it looks like that Pike is trying to smooch the wall :D 
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LeccathuFurvicael Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Oh, also, I really commend your use of atypical postures for these fish - it gives it much more life, and much more visual interest!
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Eurwentala Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Thanks!
I like to draw less popular animals. There are plenty of really cool obscure freshwater fish around the world as well.

I specifically tried to make the fish look expressive and use different postures. As it's a children's magazine, it's ok to sway from field guide style a bit.
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