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Questions tagged [sea-creatures]

For questions involving creatures in seas/oceans.

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What is holding the cephalopods back [closed]

We already know that cephalopods (octopi and squids) are kind of smart. They are smart enough to unscrew jars. Bet on football world cups (and even win some of those bets), disguise themselves, and ...
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Plausibility of squid whales

I am considering the possibility of having massive cephalopods evolving on my world and having them fill the niche of whales. I've heard about how whales have evolved to increase in size for the ...
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Anatomically Correct Mesopelagic Aves

Recently I had a vision of a colossal underwater bird-like figure. I would describe it as follows: Roughly the wingspan of the length of a blue whale Snow-white Typical shape and feathering of a ...
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How to identify sapient jellyfish?

There is a sapient jellyfish species resembling the box jellyfish found to be lurking in the ocean today. A team of researchers took a sub and dived into the abyss to look for it. What kind of non-...
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How do marine dragons evolve flight without any feathers and no hollow bones?

These dragons spend most of their lives in the ocean, however during the mating season they will migrate inland and gather together on a mountain top. Throughout the journey they will cease feeding ...
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Designing a somewhat realistic “Astomi”: Filter-Feeding Humanoids?

I've been thinking of reviving an old Fantasy idea of mine, and I recently came across a description of a group of mythological beings that piqued my interest, and which would actually fill a niche I ...
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Ocean travel in a world with sea monsters [closed]

How would sea travel develop if certain parts of our oceans were filled with monsters? The setting It takes place on our lovely Earth. No geography changed at all, and you'll see why I wanted to ...
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How would you go about seeding oceans of Europa with adapted Earth life?

How do you go about building a working Earth-like ocean ecosystem from scratch in Europa's subsurface ocean? On Earth, abyssopelagic species have evolved to live more than 6km below the surface. ...
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How long could a Kraken's carcass survive if preserved in salt?

I have a bay of water containing several Krakens. One day, due to the efforts of a magical organization, all of the water disappears. The Kraken fall and die on the bed of salt that is left behind. ...
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Creature that can sleep/hibernate under the water for a very long time [closed]

There's a god that can morph into any creature he wants. He wanted to sleep for a very long time (like centuries), and found a perfect place at the bottom of a lake that is connected to the open sea. ...
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Brine pool ecosystems

(Question in highlighted text) So, the chances are that you've heard of brine pools, which form when methane erupting from the seabed expose ancient salt deposits - the concentrated salt mixes with ...
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How would a ship defend against a sea creature, and possibly win?

I have a Viking-inspired race living on a harsh ocean based planet with very rough and cold seas. In these seas there are giant creatures, not unlike kraken who frequently attack ships. I was thinking ...
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Could a Mosasaurus destroy a ship?

Would a fictional relative of a Mosasaurus, the fictional one being a tad bit bigger, be capable of destroying a ship? For the purposes of this question, assume a wooden ship of comparable size and ...
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Explosive jellyfish

Could a creature like this exist? Jellyfish or cephalopod-like creatures that live in 'swarms' underwater. They float aimlessly around in a net formation. When one member detects prey below the ...
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How would giant penguins affect the arctic/Antarctic ecosystem?

So, I was reading about the Colossus Penguin and was wondering how adding them to my world might affect the arctic ecosystem in my world? Obviously, they would need to eat a lot of fish, squid, and ...
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How could an Earth-like planet develop huge pinkish-purple forests on ocean surfaces?

I'd really like to write a story taking place on an alien world that involves a totally new kingdom of life, and I'd like it to be at least somewhat realistic. The idea I have right now is a whole ...
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Octopus ink contains micro parasites that act as acid

I'm building a story around a newly discovered kind of deep-ocean octopuses whose ink contain "parasites" which act as acid in organisms. These ink parasites can be used as a weapon of mass ...
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How large could my sea serpents be?

EDIT: (Important) M. A. Golding commented that the regalecid method of locomotion would be unfit for a constricting predator, so I have completely redone the taxonomy of the sea serpent. They are now ...
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Sonar Jamming Squids

Context In the arms race of survival many animals have developed ways of evading predators, but the animal I am interested in for this question would be the tiger moth. So basically these guys jam ...
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Living biological boats? (Jasconius)

There's this creature that swims over the surface of water and it's giant, almost the size of a whale and has thick scales as armor over its back. This creature almost never dives underwater so from ...
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Water-walking animal

What are the requirements for mass distribution and body positioning that would enable a large creature (say, a panther) to walk on water (and still be able to dive down and swim if it wanted?) This ...
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Adapting organs, How would they adapt?

Okay so I get that for flexibility I need no bones. My octopeople do live on land so they do have lungs. But they are more amphibious than we are. So here is my proposed life cycle: Pregnant ...
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Humanoid based on Octopus: Flexibility and organ protection

I am planning on making a new species based on octopus and humans. Human in skeletal structure, Octopus flexibility. I am thinking of calling them octopeople. As far as flexibility, I am thinking of ...
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What aquatic creatures would survive a large-end mass extinction?

I want this world to have two things, typically on the complete opposite end of geological timescales: Land fauna is incredibly "Young" - Pretty much nothing larger than a "large" insect (Some ...
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Life in extremely low gravity water

Let's assume the planet has only one half the mass of the moon and is covered by shallow ocean. To eliminate water pressure at extreme depths, assume the ocean is also quite shallow, with a maximum ...
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How would a sea-dwelling species wage a war with humanoids (and possibly win)? [closed]

There are two dominant species on the planet Someplace. One is humanoid, much like us. They have modern-day technology, and have similar physical traits. There are around 1 million people in the ...
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What underwater creature would be well-suited as a pack animal?

Suppose that there was a tribe of nomadic mermaids whose lives were primarily centered around following pods of dolphins to eat. They live in the equivalent of the frigid antarctic seas. As they ...
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What are reasons a mer-person might speak English? [closed]

If such a thing would even be possible.
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Could a jellyfish be bio-engineered to convert salt water into fresh water?

For my future world, I've decided that coastal cities need fresh water and there isn't enough of it to go around. I don't know how jellyfish work. Is it feasible or completely impossible for ...
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Is this species scientifically plausible? [closed]

Homeworld Zyns have evolved on ocean moon of Ctalul, the single major moon of gas giant Darstan which orbits the orange dwarf Verrstbirt. Ctalul was once an icy planet with an unstable orbit until ...
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What would be a plausible evolutionary path for a species of marine primate?

I have been working on the idea of a mammal following an evolutionary path similar to whales, which started as semiaquatic before becoming fully dependent of its underwater enviroment. So how could a ...
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Shark vs. Sea Turtle--Who Has the Better Odds of Being Whale-Sized Planktivores?

In a hibernating speculative evolution project called The Speculative Dinosaur Project, the "speccers" feature a species of shark called Jasconius pelaganax, the Gigamouth, which is basically a ...
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Paleozoic marine creatures are now in contemporary sea. What will happen?

Let's suppose Paleozoic marine creatures (Trilobites, early fish, and many else) has appeared in oceans of 2017. What kind of advantages and disadvantages will they have when they compete with modern ...
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How would a huge sexual dimorphism and a short male lifetime of sapient celaphopods affect their society? [closed]

Related to the question: How could a climate-protection organization breed sapient, tool-developing cooperating Cephalopoda? After breeding several lines of the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus (...
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Could a genetically modified coral polyp be used as a pathogen?

Is this even remotely possible? Source Outline: Coral Polyps (along with their copious Calcium Carbonate excretions) are the individual organisms that make up the super-organism we identify as ...
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Writing system of blind, sea dwelling sentients?

So let's consider a species of blind, sea dwelling, squid-like aliens. They are sentient, intelligent and highly social. As their societies develop and their available knowledge increases they ...
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A Freshwater Octopus?

One of the oddest of cryptids is an octopus haunting the lakes of Oklahoma, a landlocked state. The reason this is odd is that although freshwater mollusks are common, Cephalopoda (the class ...
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Can I have a giant tortoise?

I am aware of the square-cube law, so what conditions do I need for this to work ? The tortoise will be a similar size to the isle of Wight and will walk around in shallow areas in the ocean. What ...
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Underwater communication on land and beyond

So I'm thinking about an underwater civilization and everything related to it, and I got to thinking about how they would communicate over extremely long distance. I knew that underwater species like ...
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Radiotrophic Deep Sea Life?

Had a random thought. I was wondering if a uranium deposits underwater could result in radiotrophic plants or bacteria to sustain an ecosystem. One issue with this, is radiation has very short ...
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Would the existence of Megalodon during the medieval ages threaten Sea Travel and how to defend against them? [duplicate]

The Megalodon was an 59 feet (18 meter) long shark said to have roamed the entirety of Earth's ocean. Of course, it's quite extinct. However, what if somehow it managed to survive all the way to the ...
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Anatomically Correct Murlocs

So Murlocs. I'm referencing Murlocs from World of Warcraft since I never actually found any other novels or games that have them. Described as a bipedal, amphibious, intelligent, aggressive[Still ...
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Would a Giant Pistol Prawn Snap work in the air?

I'm getting a giant unrealistic crab to be capable of reproducing the pistol shrimp's snap with their claws? pincers?. Anyway I want to know whether there is a way to let this be a weapon on land. I ...
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Possibility of bipedal mostly-aquatic species?

I'm trying to design a species that is largely aquatic and yet capable of walking / running (loosely) on land. I've already figured out a gill and lung type respiratory system to allow them to breathe ...
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How would a language using colors and lights translate verbally?

How would a species be able to communicate using colors, flashing, and images on their skin (like some deeper water fish) with someone who speaks verbally, like a human? Is a translation devise even ...
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What if the ocean's salt level decreased by 50%?

What would happen to the fish/animals living in the ocean, if the water became 50% less salty, within the space of three months? Would everything die, or would they evolve very quickly? Related: What ...
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How to let a Whale urh… fly? [duplicate]

I have read about flying sharks that hunt birds and great monstrous flying whales, so I would like to know how a whale could conceivably start 'flying' in real life. I'm gonna just set Blue Whales as ...
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Fantasy Water-Dwelling Races [closed]

In the world that I'm building, instead of humans being the primary species I want to make it a species that lives in oceans. While I may use mermaids in the story, I don't want the primary species to ...
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Why would an underwater creature remain lodged to its prey?

Enter the [Insert cool and awesome Latin name here] - this species is 3 times the size of a lobster from front to tail, and a powerful hunter. Operating in swarms, they are my worlds equivalent of the ...
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How to have a tribe measure the tides while living under the sea?

I'm dealing with a primitive tribe (of a species that can breathe underwater) that lives deep under the sea, and has little in the way of human technology. Resources include things naturally found in ...