Frolicking dolphin ostrich egg

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Egg size: 6" wide x 6" deep x 9" high

We’ve decorated this ostrich egg using a mixed medium. What this means, is that we’ve used two different art forms on the egg. The first is decoupage: the animals are a high-resolution image that is glued onto the egg. The egg is then coated with several layers of epoxy. Once it is dry, the egg is sanded to a smooth finish. The rest of the egg is hand-painted to make a completely unique one-of-a-kind piece of art. The egg is finished with several more layers of epoxy, sanding in between each layer. This is what gives the finished product the high gloss, glass-like finish. The eggs we use are non-fertile eggs that would normally be discarded. The egg is emptied and then sterilized, so that there is no animal matter remaining in the shell.

The Bottlenose dolphin on this egg is jumping out of the sea. Bottlenose dolphins are a common sight along the east coast of Africa. In fact KwaZulu Natal’s north coast has become known as the Dolphin Coast, due to frequent sightings of Bottlenose dolphins who ride the waves of the Indian Ocean in large frolicking schools. Both sides of this egg are the same.

This egg comes boxed with a standard wooden ring stand; the stand in the picture is not included in the purchase price.

Our eggs and stands are sold at Disney Animal Kingdom and Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge.

About the Bottlenose dolphin

Bottlenose dolphins are mammals and nurse their calves with milk from mammary glands. They can swim up to 260 meters below the surface of the ocean; however, they need quick access to air on the surface. Therefore Bottlenose dolphins usually are shallow divers and stay close to the surface. They can go without oxygen for up to 15 minutes at a time. Dolphins use a technique called echolocation to find food and for navigation, echolocation is where the dolphin sends sounds through the water, the sounds hit an object and then bounce back, these sounds are detected by the dolphin, this is helped by an organ called mellon, which decodes the message, very much like sonar.

Bottlenose dolphins are social beings that cooperate amongst themselves to catch food. To do this they work in teams optimizing their hunting efforts. Calf-rearing is also cooperative, where one dolphin helps the mother to take care of the calf.

Dolphins are warm-blooded; their internal temperature is around 36 degrees Celsius. To help maintain their core temperature they are surrounded by a thick layer of fat called ‘blubber” just below the skin. This fat allows the dolphin to resist colder temperatures and to regulate their body temperature.


The epoxy used is U.V. resistant, the image will not fade or discolor from the sun