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Inspired by Nemo's Pantheon Game and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" I'd like to start a new muse game.

Cribbing a bit from Nemo, the rules are thus:
"A Piratical Guide to Oceanic Life" is a Muse Game for everyone to play, and everyone to win.

Instructions:
  • ]1) Read previous entries.
  • ]2) Choose an unused plant or animal or create a new one.
  • ]3) Describe it informatively and refer it to at least one previously-posted creature, with a link to that creature's entry.
  • ]4) Refer to a new plant or animal that you make up, but don't describe.
  • ]5) Post it.
  • ]6) Repeat.[/list:u:d497800fc4]

    Have fun, and be creative, especially in connecting your creatures in a complete ecosystem, and in their bearings on the Y!PP world. As this is a guide to life, the game is equally open to artists who'd like to illustrate entries as well as to writers.

    [size=10]Oh, and let Homullus and Xephin provide the entries for the the Gunwhale and the Shippopotamus, it's only polite.

    To spice things up, I'll be awarding a weekly prize to the best entry. Donations for the weekly prize are welcome.

    Current Prize: 243 PoE on Cobalt

    Last weeks's winner: Vexorg (for The Great White Clam) - 500 PoE & 1 Fish Skeleton on Ice. PM me to collect your prize.
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Burning Jellyfish
Scientific Name: Chrysaora Flamibus

These unusual jellyfish can be find in the north and northeastern waters of the oceans, generally over the remains sunken ships. They almost never come closer than one or two fathoms from the surface.

Easily identifiable by their red and purple mottled flesh, they are harmless when encountered in the water. Bringing them out of the water, however, is often fatal to both pirate and jellyfish. Exposure to the air will ignite the flesh of the jellyfish in seconds, causing instantaneous fires. Great care must be taken that none of these creatures become tangled in fishing nets or anchor ropes, as even one can create a ship-crippling fire.

Naturally afraid of the Deformed Eel, schools of these jellyfish coming to the surface almost always predate atacks by this fearsome beat.

Burning Jellyfish are primarily herbivorous, though they have been seen to feast upon the soft insides of the Nordic Fish
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Deformed Eel
Scientific Name: Gymnothorax deformidia

These beasts live deep beneath the surface of the water, usually sleeping within the thin, withering leaves of the giant Underwater Fanged Pine.

Deformed Eels are usually so hideous that the mere sight of one can scar a pirate for life. Purple goo, which attracts the tiny Muck-Eating Minnow, oozes from the protruding lumps on the Eels' green, rotten-looking flesh, and the right side of their jaw is twice as large as the left side. Their three eyes have also grown, making them look like they are bulging from the eels' head.

The deformity has also affected their insides, making them immune to fire but unable to produce their own heat. Therefore, they must either eat the Burning Jellyfish or die from lack of body heat. They use their well-developed eyes to search the surface for their prey, then rush toward the surface toward any that they see. It lunges toward them with a force that pushes him toward the surface and activated the Jellyfishes' burning, warming the Deformed Eel's insides. They have been known to mistake small ships or people for Burning Jellyfish, since they are deep below the surface when they look for their prey.
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Underwater Fanged Pine

The Underwater Fanged Pine is the stuff of legend to most, but a nightmarish reality to the fish of the deep. No one knows exactly how it evolved to the way it looks today, but the history can't have been pretty.

The "Scimitar of the Deep", as it is known, stands about 5 feet tall. Leathery, withered leaves grow out of the stalk, and give off a faint, luminous glow in the deep-sea blackness. Unsuspecting fish, seeking shelter from the hellish creatures that inhabit the cruel seas, swim towards the tree and attempt to take shelter under the leaves...

Where they are promptly gutted by the 4-inch blades that stick out of the pine, sharp as razors. The pine feeds itself by taking nutrients from the blood of the fish it kills, absorbing them as the blood disperses itself throughout the murky deeps. The Obsidian Flatfish is often one of the victims of the Fanged Pine, but almost all species of fish swimming through the depths have fallen victim to the pine at least once.

However, some species are allowed live. The Deformed Eel is allowed to twist its way through the blades of the pine, and the Quicksilver Whipfish can often be seeing flitting in and out of the Pine's tattered, glowing leaves.
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Muck-Eating Minnow
Scientific Name: Pimephales Gilliganus

The Muck-Eating Minnow is a small fish, generally two inches in length, which normally lives on the bottom of the sea. Feeding on the soft gooey remains of larger creatures, the male minnow lives a sedentary life on the seabed, only moving to mate or to escape predators Sometimes, if a better source of food is sensed nearby, the male will swim over and oce again resume his sedentary life. The female minnow, on the other hand, lives an active and almost symbiotic existance with the Deformed Eel, sucking nutrients vital for egg-production from the Eel's purple ooze and providing the Eel with a constant, convenient snack.

The Muck-Eating Minnow can also found living between the toes of the Underwater Sea Sloth and amongst the silvery eggs of the Great White Clam.

Muck-Eating Minnows are highly sought after by apothecarists for their ability to clean out the thick viscous residues in pots and cauldrons. As the male minnow lives only on the seabed, the female minnow must be plucked from the skin of the Deformed Eel when it is drawn to the surface. On ocassion, female minnows can be found attached to lumber after an attack by the Eel. All attempts to breed the minnow in captivity have proven fruitless, primarily because nobody has ever captured a male minnow.
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Midnight Sea Cucumber
Holothuria defaultii

The Midnight Sea Cucmber is a rather unremarkable looking specimen, with little to distinguish it from the others of its genus found the world over. Living a quiet unassuming life on the bottom of the sea, their primary prey consists of bilge sponges and, even the occasional slow moving Muck-Eating Minnow, which remains largely indifferent to its fate. Their primary predators are the Orange Familiar Octopus and the Deformed Eel.

Also among their major predators is mankind. For some reason lost to the annals of history, they have become a very popular food item, to the point that many pirates will consume the Midnight Sea Cucumber whenever there are no other options to their liking on the menu. In fact, it is not uncommon for a pirate to complain loudly when the Sea Cucumber is missing from the menu, even if that is not what they intended to order. This popularity does not seem to extend to the Viridian Ocean, where the Scuppering Barnacle seems to remain the dish of choice, especially among the greenies.
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[size=10]Oh, and let Homullus provide the entry for the the Gunwhale; it's only polite.

Beat you to it. Follow the link, please.
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Underwater Sea Sloth (Submarine Sloth, Seabed Sloth)

An astoundingly boring fellow with an improbable taste for adventure, the sea sloth trudges great lengths across the seabed, apparently just to breathe someone else's air. No other beast rivals the sea sloth in circulatory efficiency or the squandering thereof.

Sucking in huge, chest-puffing gulps of oxygen, facing the sea, and shutting his eyes tight, the sea sloth begins a sea-spanning, linear journey of blind repitition. Tracking miles across varied and wondrous submarine terrain, the sea sloth trudges in unfathomable ignorance. Perhaps this is all part of Nature's plan, as the sloth's brain seems in near hibernation for the duration.

Every few weeks, the sea sloth shuffles some mollusks off the sandy bottom and cracks them open with its powerful, albeit less than speedy, claws. In its sleep-walking state, this might be considered sleep-eating. The various detritus of this shambling snack are sucked from the sloth's toes by the contrastingly flighty
Muck-Eating Minnow, who perhaps sees something of her mate in the sea sloth's lethargic lifestyle.

Finally, after as long as a year of fanatically, deliberately boring travel, the sea sloth gradually emerges on the sea's opposite shore. Once completing an entirely understandable exhale, the sea sloth opens its salt-crusted eyes and takes its first look at this foreign land. Then it sighs, sucks down a fresh load of oxygen and turns back to the sea. Truly awesome creatures.

Studies have yet to reveal any information on the sea sloth's mating behavior, but if history is any indicator, it must be fantastically boring.
Astonishingly, the sea sloth has no known predators. It appears the creature is so pitiable that no other beast on land or sea has the heart to harrass it. Even the famed Voracious Maw will turn up its evil nose at such an unfortunate meal.

Never has a wandering wonder been so wonderless.
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Midnight Angler
Scientific Name: Acerbus Lophius

This fascinating creature is kin to the already amazing genus Lophius Piscatorius, or normal Angler Fish. While the original Angler uses the strange combonation of a light lure and amazingly over-developed teeth, the Midnight Angler uses a lure of a different sort. It actually absorbs light, making it appear as though a pitch black hole is in the ocean. It takes it's hiding place with it.

While normal Anglers are deep ocean creatures, the Midnight Angler ranges anywhere from the deepest trenches to being seen from passing ships. It's natural prey is, of course, the Currious Guppy, but many other species remarkably do not notice the moving darkness. It moves about sullenly, seemingly in a brooding manner, taking out it's violent tendancies on passing fish that don't seem to suspect something they don't see. It's only natural enemy is the Voracious Maw, the only counter to the unknown enemy in the darkness. Even the Underwater Fanged Pine does not attempt to attack such a foe.

It is suspected that only male Midnight Anglers have the midnight power, considering only females of it's cousin species have the bioluminescence. It would make sense, considering the males have made due in the darkness. But, unfortunately, marine biologists have had the toughest time attempting to decipher this creature, as nobody has ever seen the fish itself. Fish simply get sucked into the darkness, and with a puff, simply dissapear.
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The Great White Clam
Tridacna Titan

One of the true terrors of the deep, the Giant Clam is as large as a galleon, and far more dangerous. A singleminded predator, Tridacna Titan lives to hunt, and it will devour anything and everything that stands in its path... Well, that stands in its path for long enough, anyway. For all of its legendary ferocity and insatiable appetite, the Great White clam moves through the ocean with the swiftness of a glacier.

The diet of the Great White Clam consists mainly of Mocking Tang. As the clam travels across the seabed, vast schools of these fish follow, swimming directly in front of it, just out of the reach of its gaping maw as the clam snaps in vain at the fish with its powerful mouth. On occasion, one of the tang will wander too close and fall victim to the powerful jaws. When this happens, the school will recoil in panic as fish scatter in all directions, becoming easy prey for many larger fish, including the Colossal Herring and Midnight Angler. Eventually the school will regroup and return to its constant taunting of the Great White Clam. The clam will also eat any bottom dwellers that happen to be in its path. Even the Underwater Fanged Pine is just another snack to the clam.

One of the more fascinating (and at the same time horrifying) sights in the ocean is when a Great White Clam's incredibly keen senses detect an Underwater Sea Sloth. Even though nothing in the ocean will actively hunt the sloth, the Great White's predatory instincts are too strong for it to overcome, and it will engage it in pursuit, resulting in what can only be described as the world's slowest chase. The clam will singlemindedly pursue the sloth at its glacial pace for months at a time, with the sloth apparently none the wiser. Sometimes the sloth will inadvertenty escape its pursuer by happening upon some obstacle in the water that the clam is unable to negotiate. Other times it will wander directly into the clam's jaws and its doom. There have even been instances where the sloth will make its brief landfall, turn around and return to the ocean, only to fall prey to a Great White Clam waiting just below the surface.

Unprovoked attacks by the Great White Clam on humans are rare, mostly because it would require a great deal of effort (and stupidity) on someone's part for anyone to be within striking distance of the clam. A Great White that happens to wash up on a beach can be especially deadly as curious onlookers wander too close and are devoured in messy fashion. Should a clam wash ashore living or dead, it's generally best for everyone to stay as far away as possible, at least until the clam has returned to the sea, or its remains have decomposed sufficiently that the stench is no longer unbearable. In some cultures, the Great White's empty shell is then used as a house, and can comfortably accomodate a surprisingly large number of people.

Nothing is known of the Great White Clam's mating habits, although it is known that it will build a large nest to hold its eggs. The pearlescent eggs are highly prized among the elite of the Midnight Ocean, and a single egg will command a price greater than a typical pirate may make in a year. Thus the incentive is great for a pirate to tempt fate and seek to obtain these eggs. The clam is particularly ferocious about guarding its eggs, and countless pirates have met their fate in this manner. It is not uncommon for a ship that goes out in search of the Great White's eggs to never return.

The Great White Clam is one of the ocean's deadliest, and at the same time most fascinating creatures. It is a creater that is best admired at a distance, however.
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The great Monkey toilet
Scientfic name:Monkey Toilet


The great monkey toilet is a monkey that you can go to the bathroom on some Monkey toilets are found in Porta Potties.
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The great Monkey toilet
Scientfic name:Monkey Toilet


The great monkey toilet is a monkey that you can go to the bathroom on some Monkey toilets are found in Porta Potties.


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Blue Devil Sea Turtle (Cryptodira Cyanea)

This delighfully quick species of turtle is mainly found in the warmer waters surrounding Micronesia and Western Austrlia as well as Samoa and Indonesia and live in groups typically of one male with numerous females and juveniles.

The adult male has a bright blue shell and a yellowish-green underbelly and the adult female lacks the yellowish-green underbelly and has a longer neck.

The blue devil sea turtle has few enemies and as a result can grow up to 30 feet in length from snout to tailtip. Strict vegetarians, they live to be over 150 yrs old typically. As a natural birth control to limit over populating, they only spawn once every 25 years. Although hundreds of eggs may be laid, only a few of these will actually live to adulthood.

Females return to the beach they were born on to lay their eggs. They typically do this when the moon is full and bury their eggs far enough from the high tide line so their nests don't wash out to sea. These eggs will hatch 15 days later and the hatchlings then race for the shore with only the moon guiding their way. Many of these hatchlings will be eaten before they find their way to the ocean by land mammals and other more verocious reptiles.

Once the hatchlings find the ocean, they quickly swim to the nearest Midnight Sea Cucumber bed and begin feasting hungrily growing rapidly.

The most unique aspect of these turtles is the fact that the hatchlings then become "adopted" by a male sea turtle's family that may or may not be related to the hatchling where they remain for the rest of their lives. As a single family, they then swim for hundreds of miles in search for their favorite meal of Tofu Seaweed eating tons of Scuppering Barnacle on the way.
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Bilge Sponge

The bright yellow bilge sponge, also known as the Swiss Cheese of the Sea, goes wherever the sea's currents take it. It sucks in any water and Wooden Plankton that are nearby as it floats, then expunges the shells of the wooden plankton after they are digested. It takes no other actions, making it easy prey for those that hunt them.

Bilge sponges are hermaphroditic, releasing large clusters of seeds every few years. However, the sponges' ability to take in large amounts of liquid makes it popular with tailors, who use them to make the legendary Boots of Bilging +5. Furthermore, predators like the Midnight Sea Cucumber and the Vampiric Lungspider like to munch on the sponges or suck out their stored water. Even with their fast reproduction rate, there are only around 1,500 bilge sponges left.
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How do I target a specific post to be able to link to it? All I did was underline the one's I referred to, but would like to link to them.
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You just click the little paper icon in the upper-left hand corner of the post. Then, you copy the url and link to it as normal.
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ahhh, thanks so much, see? I learned something new.
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Water dancer

Very fast creature who is runing thru the water and jumps to unwary sailors ships kills all pirates and taked that who was the control in ship gold all diamonds gold ores and diamons he looks like a ship with a blue ring and moving very fast when sailors attack it he got 6 moves per turn can jump over even the biggest rocks avoid wind and cannon balls so he cant be killed or graped he didin't know your moves and u cant smash him becuse then he will jump to your ship and the battle will begin he can't be touched by any write block or sword and he will trow at least one block to you so you will need good and big vessel to deafeat him when you will do this you will get everything what he was stoled from other ships that means you vessel may be rich he all will look write you can see him at age of wonders 2 game.
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Iron Coconut Palm
Cocos Ferrous

This strange vegetation can only be found growing on the backs of Giant Leviathans. They resemble ordinary coconut palms in all respects save the steel-blue tinting of their fronds.

When a leviathan submerges, the Iron Coconut loses all of its fronds and sticks out from the back of the creature like a giant toothpick. It is during this time that the plant releases its pollen into the water. Carried far on the ocean currents, the pollen will eventually encounter another leviathan just surfacing. Pollination then follows.

During the leviathan's long periods of surface slumber, each palm will produce between ten and twenty coconuts. Dropped one at a time from the tree, they roll off the back of the leviathan and drop into the water. On ocassion, the falling coconut will land on top of a Great Lurf, momentarily knocking the fragile creature unconscious. The nut then slowly sinks to the bottom of the ocean until it is consumed by the only creature capable of chewing the hard as nails hide of the nut: The Gunwhale. It has been suggested that during times of starvation, the gunwhale will swallow the coconut whole for use as natural ammunition. Indeed, many theorize that the Iron coconut is the natural food and ammo source of the gunwhale, but not enough evidence has been collected to support the theory.
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