By the way this is an underwater giraffe (above). Underwater Giraffes still have not developed the ability to breathe underwater so, even though their necks are already pretty long, they need to be able to the reach the surface to come up for air, naturally they would therefore have a 'spring neck'. The Giraffe also has to wear goggles to protect its eyes from the salt water, but that Illustration is for another day...
Here are some more interpretations to the nautical brief. The bottom composition is the final Illustration I submitted for the competition, taken from the landscape scene just above it. My work was selected and exhibited at 60 Million Postcards in Bournemouth. The prints could be purchased on the night but you can also grab one from: