posted on May, 27 2012 @ 10:05 PM
reply to post by TwiTcHomatic
Let's set aside the by-now established fact that this is an art piece, and treat it as if we didn't know any better.
Also, marine mammals do not have gills, but breathe through the nose, so that's no error at all in this mannequin. Cetaceans have blowholes on the
tops of their heads, while seals and manatees breath through a pair of nostrils on the front of their muzzle, just like dogs. So, we don't care that
this "creature" doesn't have gills.
Also, we don't care that we've never seen one before, because new marine species are periodically discovered, such as the two new rorqual whales
discovered in 2003.
Although a few others have cited the wig-like hair as the giveaway, the real giveaway is the tail. Why would a mammal have a fish's tail, and not the
tail of a marine mammal? We know it's fake just by looking at the tail. The tail has the tell-tale radial bones of a fish, like you would see on a
tarpon or striped bass or snapper. No mammals, whether marine or terrestrial has this kind of fine "fish bone" bone structure radiating from the
coccyx. In fact, cetaceans (whales, dolphins) and pinnipeds (seal, walruses, etc.) don't have tails that radiate from the coccyx at all, but are
instead adapted leg bones that form on each side of the tail bone, where the coccyx is visible as a protruding nub between each fluke (cetaceans) or
flipper (seal). The dugongs, of course, have a completely different paddle-like tail.
This art sculpture is, in fact, a composite of the anatomy of fish and human woman.
edit on 27-5-2012 by giggle because: extra specificity
edit on 27-5-2012 by giggle because: more specificity