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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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:iconoctopusgames:
OctopusGames Featured By Owner 4 days ago
This is exceptionally alien and yet realistically rendered. An electric cetatean. :) Monkey likes. 
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wolfgang-111 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Artist
wow this is epic!!
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Zadocfish Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how the Birrin seem kind of like humans in behavior despite thier form!  Donning diving equipment to interact with giant predators with only a reasonable assurance of not being eaten...  This dude's either a tourist or an oceanographer. 
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DVhuizen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  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.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Thanks, figuring out how they work is half the fun!
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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!
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
Thanks :)
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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 . . .
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Quite dangerous! Though they dont see birrin as food. Usually...
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firefightingcaptain Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Very surreal...love it
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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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:iconcube-u:
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 General Artist
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 General Artist
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 General Artist
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 General Artist
It's something ! x)
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Karxan1970 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Thank you for the use of this great creature in the Star Frontiersman ezine.

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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
A pleasure!
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Altair75 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   Photographer
I think that Sardu is as big as whale shark, if not bigger.

I like to ask you one question:
are Birrins very fast or agile swimmers, particularly without any diving equipment?

Anyway, this scene is beautiful.
The bubbles are one of my favorites.

And as always, great work Alex! :D (Big Grin) 
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Zomvee Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
That Sardu thing looks like a freaking spaceship dude.
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:iconhgfggg:
hgfggg Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Feels like a cross between a shark and a whale...
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aritmait Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
hey, i'm new in the world of art and when i created my account in this website, i stumbled on one of your artwork. it was a MASTERPIECE. and ofcourse like other people i'm fall in love in your alien design. i read the comment on one of your artwork stated that you've been in this kind of thing for a past few years!?!?

seems like i've missing a lot of things.

i would love to see your work outside this website just so that i can learn more about birrin. do you have any blog or something like that?

anyway, this is a great piece of art :D

(sorry, bad english.)
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Hey mate, most of my stuff is posted here but I do have some other sites.

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aritmait Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
thank you so much :D

i just can't get enough of birrin. ^^
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BlackGryph0n Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
I believe this... This is real.
Take me to your home planet, I want to take pictures of the Birrin too!
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are sardus mammals, so are the birrins?
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Actually there are no mammals anywhere but earth. They are all entirely different beings.
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, so now I know.
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is a Sardu? I is most confused. :confused:
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TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Almost looks like a photo........:iconepicclapplz:
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Yeahhh
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Aditya2 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What type of animal is the Sardu? :confused:
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:icontheevilpeanut:
TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are epic. :iconepicclapplz:
Is this for a book?
If so.
When does it come out?
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bobafetthotmail Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
+1 for the book. Your aliens are stunningly lifelike, while still alien.
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Ispok8 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
i like it!
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Danke :)
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IProBerserker Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I see the reference and similarity to Ithyosauria and Pliosaurs.
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CaptainDFW Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I love whales...this is awesome.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
As much as I like the birrin, I must say I can only imagine they would be terrible underwater swimmers.
Animals with any diving maneuverability at all, usually are quite long and flat and have some powerful backward-facing appendage (human when swimming or laying, otters, crocodiles, etc), compared to the short bodied, long vertical-legged birrin.
It's hard to imagine a deer wearing a SCUBA system and swiming underwater to any success; even if it were really smart and trained to do so at the best out of it's anatomical possibilities... wouldn't it just float up and or be completely unable to turn?
Nice picture of course, the sardu is nice :)
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ronaldo9999 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
So Birin and this planet Creatures have DNA ? and is there Atmosphere composed of the same Material as ours ?
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Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
They have genetic material, but it is not DNA, it is some other molecule.
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spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
I don't need mind altering drugs to enjoy this.......but just to be safe........
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Akifan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for pushing the imagination boundaries into another worlds for us to see!
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spikedpsycho Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
whales got gang tats.
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:iconabiogenisis:
Abiogenisis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Yeah boi
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Alberthein1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Well spoken. The words make a great image even better.
I do wonder how it goes to fetch air; like a whale? a half jump out of the water?
They are awe inspiring creatures, those that you make.
You are a fine artist, and your creativity in the field of aliens is very interesting.
It is so that I'll watch you, since I wonder what else your mind will stirr up on the canvas.
Ps. I love this piece..
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