The Globadob is a strange fish with a strange anatomy. Most notably is its lower half, which features a structure that is not seen in any other animal

This structure is composed of a ring of legs, which are broad and flipper-like, within another ring of similar but shorter limbs, which are attached higher up on the body and are too short to reach the ground. Both limb types are inflexible and resemble lobed fins, and so couldn't be used for manipulation

If it were a real animal as described, what is the most plausible function of this strange array of limbs?

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    $\begingroup$ VTC:Not About Worldbuilding. (a) The purpose of the anatomically correct series (ACS) is to realistically design the physiology of a well-specified mythical or fictional creature. Please do not use the phrase "anatomically correct" in any way not related to the series. (b) You're asking about the medieval misinterpretation of an actual fish. The ACS doesn't explain why, it rationalizes. In other words you're supposed to explain why as a requirement of the ACS. (*continued*) $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Sep 29, 2021 at 19:16
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    $\begingroup$ (c) This Stack focuses on helping, in this case, you to develop and consistently use the rules and systems of your fictional world. The medieval misinterpretation of a fish is not your fictional world, so this falls under the rule that we don't answer questions about 3rd party or commercial worlds. VTC:Not about Worldbuilding. On a personal note: we're really not your personal sounding board and you've bounced, IMO, too many random questions off of us that obviously don't relate to any fictional world you're trying to build. $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Sep 29, 2021 at 19:19
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    $\begingroup$ No, Ichthys. The Sea Monk isn't a fictional creature of your creation. Why doesn't basic research into existing creatures solve your need to ask this off-topic question? Don't like octopus? How about jelly-fish (propulsion)? You're expected to do research to solve actual problems that you have before asking here. You're not supposed to flood the Stack with train-of-consciousness questions that feel like you're bored but too lazy to use Google. (I am a little irritated, and I apologize... but I don't believe in dishonesty, so you're getting my unfiltered response.) $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Sep 29, 2021 at 19:27
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    $\begingroup$ No, it does not. This Stack focuses on worlds of your own creation. The only exception I'm aware of is the Anatomically Correct Series (human mythology, which this also is not), which only focuses on physiology. The answer to this question would be a prerequisite for ACS. If you want the last word, it's all yours, but my VTC stands. Please do not ask random questions here. They'd be better suited for Quora or Reddit. $\endgroup$
    – JBH
    Sep 29, 2021 at 19:56
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    $\begingroup$ We do "how" not "why". "Why" always invokes opinion-based answers and so it's mostly (unless very carefully arranged) off-topic. The occasional "why" gets through, but how many of your questions have fit that pattern? $\endgroup$ Sep 29, 2021 at 20:34