outgoing mail: odontocetes and others

whale mail part 2 (5 of 6)whale mail part 2 (2 of 6)

I spent the past weekend investigating the interior design of 18th century American sea captains’ homes (tangentially for a final paper, but mostly just for the thrill of maritime history) — so I suppose that’s a good thematic excuse to show off some nautical envelopes I made a month ago! My unofficial “academic year blogging hiatus” will continue apace until I finish classes at the beginning of May, I’m afraid, though I do plan on blogging with some regularity in the summer: and in the meantime, I hope these whales and scales will suffice!

whale mail part 2 (6 of 6)whale mail part 2 (4 of 6)

These envelopes reflect the generous gifts of multiple pen pals – the wave washi tape was a birthday present, and the whale stickers (by Aurora’s Heart on Etsy) showed up in my mailbox around Christmas. Tragically, there were only two sheets of this gorgeous mermaid-scale paper in the pad I’ve been using since February: but they’ve been put to good use.

whale mail part 2 (1 of 6)

A note on this post’s title, before I go: technically, only the orca is an odontocete, or toothed whale, but I can’t quite identify her companion. I assume the second whale is of the baleen variety, and I know he isn’t a humpback, because there are other stickers in the set that look much more like humpbacks. Maybe a grey, bowhead, or right whale? Any sticker-whale experts are welcome to chime in and solve this mystery!

4 comments

  1. My best guess for that whale would be Bowhead but who knows maybe it is a distant relative that no longer exists today so we can only know the whale in sticker form 🙂

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