The voting is a multi-vote this week due to there being ≥20 entries.
Topic: The Mariana Trench
Deadline for voting: 1 week
Round Requirements (Read BEFORE Voting):
- The creature must be aquatic
- The creature must be capable of surviving in crushing water pressure
- The creature must be large (at least the size of an average shark)
Last edited by Si_Swe; August 4th, 2011 at 12:05 AM.
Concept: Shravok Roughly the size of a great white shark, the Shravok has super-dense bone plates under it's skin which protect against incoming attacks as well as helping it to survive the crushing pressure of the deep. The Shravok has extremely high internal pressure to counter that of the equally strong external pressure, if it ventures too far out of the deep it would literally explode, which is why none have been discovered thus far. The bio-luminesant ridges on it's back and skull (which is ultra thick) provide a dual purpose: firstly to attract meals and potential mates and secondly as a threatening display to discourage other rival males. The Shravok is closely related to many species of sharks, but unlike it's more aggressive cousins it is extremely inquisitive, intelligent and somewhat good natured; it is just as likely to follow smaller fish around for observatory and educative purposes as opposed to predatory. http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1312156431
Concept: Megelia Noctiluca Being covered in a toxic mucous has its ups and downs. Mostly it is very handy at keeping predators away and preparing prey for consumption...
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Concept: Pressure Fish The pressure fish is a rare type of fish only found deep in the mariana trench. Adapting to the high pressure deep in the ocean the pressure fish is able to change its body pressure to match the oceans pressure through holes located on its side. Do to the lack of light in the mariana trench the pressure fish have evolved feelers rather than eyes. The pressure fish hunts fish curious of the light within its body, hoping prey will swim into its mouth.
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A rare, mystic quatic mammal live at the depth of ocean. Their ancestor once lived on the surface but then moved to the sea the same time as the first primitive whale did. Being more intelligent than other sea creature, they don't have many competitors in the new environment and continue to grow to gigantic size. With such body and reserved fat, they now can withstant extreme pressure and cold temperature at the mariana trench.
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Concept: The Gelatinous Ray The Gelatinous Ray is a passive bio-luminescent deep sea creature that resembles a manta-ray. With the wing span of rougly 15 feet, the gelatinous ray soars through the ocean deep. It survives primarily on falling debris from the upper levels of the ocean, sucking in the debris through the holes on is wings, which connect to its' stomach. Through this, the gelatinous ray has access to a constant supply of food, keeping the amount of energy it burns swimming in balance. The ray withstands the pressure of the hadal zone with its' gelatinous body. Though a passive creature, should the ray ever be attacked, it will swim around its target and tangle it in the stingers that trails behind it. Though very uncommon, studies have shown the ray to eat fish in emergency situations where it swims into an area with little to no debris.
The Hammerhead Crab, the most deadliest predator of the deep see is the result of several evolutionary steps that were needed to adapt to the extreme environment of the Mariana trench. Being an active and swimming predator is much more effective than hunting on the ground since there are no corals or plants to hide or hunt between. Because the crabs had to adapt to immense pressure as well they developed a segmented body. While the organs in its body segments, except the muscles aren't much bigger than those of a normal crab the chitin exoskeleton is about five times as thick and of extreme hardness. Since the prey of the hammerhead crabs predominantly consists of larger fish that are light emitting predators the crabs adapted by developing extremely light sensitive eyes and the distinctive shape of their head for a binocular vision.
Living in the depths of the ocean, the luminosaurus moves by walking on its fins. for food, he lights his bioluminescent glands to attract small fishes and squids that fits directly into his mouth, attracted by its bright language.
The Deep Sea Diamond backs are only found in the deepest parts of the Mariana Trench. Due to the extreme pressure of the ocean, the outer shell of the titan crystallizes. usually laying dormant, using its many tentacles to trap a wide array of deep sea mollusks, the diamond back can grow up to a zillion feet long..
In our ninth immersion into the Mariana Trench, and thanks to our new acquisition Blue Smile, we finally managed to stay in the deepest zone of the Challenger Abyss for a 20 hours period. Sadly, these creatures appeared when the oxygen reserves were at the minimum allowed, and we were starting the rise to the surface. We just managed to record about 2 minutes of precious information of these unknown and amazing creatures. With this little amount of data, we can only assure this is an ancient, probably prehistoric kind of predator which probably evolved from jellyfishes. The long web of tentacles reaches near 3 kilometers, probably more, and seems deadly on contact. The creature itself shows an incredibly big mouth which composes the biggest part of its body, and an amazing bioluminescent skin which give a translucent look of its skeleton, most likely composed by cartilage. Also in our short encounter, we managed to see some scars in the creature skin, and judging on its predator look, there must be something bigger in the deeps of the Trench we have not seen yet…
Concept: Dungeonous Cthuloid Little is known about the Dungeonous Cthuloid. The creatures have only been found in the Marianas Trench at depths exceeding 10 kilometers. Although displaying cephalopoidal and ichthyoidal characteristics the Cthuloid defies classification. Without further study, scientists are at a loss to explain how this creature came to live, and how it survives, at such extraordinary depths. With this dearth of information, many off-beat members of the scientific community have been having a field day; Fringe scientists believe that the creatures are extra terrestrial - originating on a planet where their norm is a pressure and water environment similar to that found in the deep oceans the earth. Many of these same scientists also believe that these aliens have been brought to earth as prisoners - the extreme depths serving to isolate them from just about everything.
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Concept: Pisces Illuminafaecis aka Illuminated Shit Fish
The Pisces Illuminafaecis is the primary predator of the Mariana Trench ecosystem. It's elongated, wormlike body contains no vertebrae, allowing it to swirl and fold seamlessly through the immense pressures of these depths. Its other unique feature is a digestive process that adds an illuminating quality to its feces. It stores this illuminated shit in an anus sac, which then attracts new prey to fuel the large creature's never-ending need for sustenance.
This ancient creature evolved from the crocodile family long time ago. As this specie gradually migrated deeper and deeper into the sea over millions of years, its shells became thicker and more resilient in order to withstand the extreme pressure of the Mariana Trench. The fin on its head possesses the ability to generate bioluminescence which is very useful for attracting preys.
Last edited by Hyunjae; August 3rd, 2011 at 03:14 AM.