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Sardu Reef by Abiogenisis Sardu Reef by Abiogenisis
The oceans of the Birrin homeworld are populated by vast numbers of organisms, particularly the mid-latitude tropical zones on either side of the hostile equatorial 'Kiln'; a region of intense heat and violent storms. The surface waves and currents generated by these weather events create deep oceanic mixing, bringing nutrients to nearby surface waters and supporting the assemblages of life found there.

The birrin are at home in water, and many engage in swimming recreationally with or without the aid of SCUBA systems. Diving activities are associated with risks: as in this potentially dangerous encounter with the creature seen here.

Evolved from the same land-living ancestor as the birrin the Sardu, as they are locally known, are air breathing creatures of great strength and predatory skill. They range across most regions of the ocean, hunting diverse prey depending on local resources, and adjusting their strategies accordingly. All however rely on an extraordinary ability to generate powerful electric shocks via organs housed in their huge, elongated horizontal jaws. This allows them to stun entire schools of smaller organisms to consume at their leisure, or to probe their jaws into soft mud and detect, flush out kill benthic creatures of considerable size. The electrogenic organs also have a social purpose; and mating individuals compete to show both their ability to generate electricity, and to withstand the shocks of their adversaries. The small creatures that accompany sardu as commensals must also be tolerant of this hazard, and most swim to a safe distance during the closing stages of a hunt, moving in to feast on the scraps afterwards.

The birrin diver seen here may seem in danger, however it is experienced with the local sardu and knows it is not a part of their prey search image; the constant stream of bubbles generated by the SCUBA gear and bright wetsuit look so unlike the large bottom dwelling creatures it usually hunts that it does not view the birrin as food.
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DVhuizen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing picture. The way you flesh out your works completely draws me in. It's so detailed and thought-out, this animal might as well just be real.
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Thanks, figuring out how they work is half the fun!
The-Elegant-Machine Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
From the thumbnail, I thought I was looking at some sort of submarine, or maybe a spaceship. The fact that this creature is alive - and part of an extraterrestrial ecosystem which includes sapient life - actually makes it more fascinating. I also enjoy your description of the Sardu's lifestyle. Your work is excellent!
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Thanks :)
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wouldn't it be dangerous to swim near a predator that big? Usual prey or not, if it gets curious or attacks something close to you . . .
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Quite dangerous! Though they dont see birrin as food. Usually...
firefightingcaptain Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Very it
Cube-U Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
THAT POOPING WHALE AIRPLANE HAUNTS MY DREAMS. I SAW THIS PICTURE A WEEK AGO AND I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO COME TO TERMS WITH IT. GOLLY GOSH LARGE SEA ANIMALS ARE MY BIGGEST FEAR. It's a lovely picture though. Just a tad frightening. More than a tad. Quite a lot actually. This picture generates quite a lot of fear.
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
And it WILL eat you ;)
Cube-U Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
o_o blech! Make it stop :O
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