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Killer Whales Attacking a Finback

Killer whales attacking another whale
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Paper; by Standish Backus; 1956; Unframed Dimensions 31H X 23W
Accession #: 88-186-BI
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"The great predatory cycle of life so evident in Antarctica seas sometimes produces spectacular actions such as this where the carnivorous mammals turn as a pack and devour their own kind like this plankton-eating baleen whale. The latter, though usually much larger than the killers, is defenseless against them and, after numerous frantic leaps, tires and submits to being torn apart."--Commander Standish Backus.

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