For a creature to survive such intense heat, its outer surface/shell must withstand great temperatures
and protect the creature's internal organs. It must also allow the creature to move through dense
fluid. The creature most likely has very low to minimal internal heat, which is why it needs to be in
a highly-thermal environment. The shell filters the amount of heat that reaches the internal organs,
always keeping it at a safe temperature.
There aren't many sources of food near lava, so the Lava Swimmer has to survive by other means.
The Lava Swimmer feeds on the solidified lava at the banks of the lava flow. It's rich in minerals the
creature uses to repair and strengthen its shell.
Living in lava, and only surfacing to feed, the Lava Swimmer doesn't have much use for eye sight. It
has no eyes at all, but it doesn't need them. the Lava Swimmer's main function is to regulate the lava's
flow and the volume of the lava pool by burrowing channels for the lava to flow. Only the adults do this.
A lava swimmer doesn't do anything but feed in its youth. Young lava swimmers just float near the banks
almost motionless, constantly feeding and growing. Once it has reached an adequate size and its tentacles
have developed, it can then maneuver itself around through the lava. It begins to burrow almost instantly,
which allows it to control its environment and reach full maturity. It then lays eggs near the banks and
the cycle is repeated.
At the end of its life cycle, a lava swimmer will burrow deeply into the volcano and set itself at the
end of its hole to begin decomposition. It dissolves its shell, causing a build up of pressure which causes
a minor eruption. The eruption launches the carcass out of the volcano and sailing into the sky. We know
this phenomenon as 'fire bombs'.
Last edited by JAG.; March 7th, 2007 at 01:08 AM.
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