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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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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.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
And it WILL eat you ;)
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Cube-U Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
o_o blech! Make it stop :O
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely beautiful !
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realTurtleNipple Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnifique, non? Lausanne ici, et vous?
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Evidemment que c'est magnifique !
Moi je viens d'un piti village du Valais, proche de Martigny ^^
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Danke :D
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome ! Being swiss doesn't mean I understand a fucking word of german xD I live in the french part, so "de rien !"
Ich spreche nicht gut deustch. So ein bisschen, as they say. I think .-.
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
And the only German I speak is Danke ;)
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's something ! x)
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