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Sandemos
Harianbolus charybdis ("Sand Devil of the Whirlpool")

Deep beneath the waves of Tethys lies many diverse flora and fauna. Among the various life underwater lies many deadly carnivores that have adapted to catching their prey easily. One particular predator who's adapted to its surroundings is the Sand Devil itself, Sandemos. It is renowned for its hunting tactic of partially burrowing itself into the seafloor and attacking through the element of surprise.

A Sandemos is a blind hunter, relying on the sense of touch to capture its prey. Its head is colored like sand, allowing it to fully camouflage its fearsome jaws from a distance. The eight tentacles of a Sandemos resemble sea vegetation when in its burrowed position. This facade is used to trick herbivorous animals into thinking its just a tasty veggie snack. Once potential prey gets too close, the tentacles wrap around the target with surprising speed as it pulls the helpless creature toward the Sandemo's jagged teeth. Smaller organisms on the other hand are trapped by the tentacle cage and swallowed whole. However, there have been cases of failed Sandemos attacks on another Tethys resident, the Slaugeist. These massive solariformes repel the attacks with their sheer body size and retaliate with their deadly fore claws.

Although more commonly seen semi-burrowed under the sand, Sandemos uproot themselves from their planted positions when prey populations begin to decrease. In pursuit of new hunting grounds, they travel along the seafloor using their tentacle appendages as guides. During this temporary migration, they are completely vulnerable to attack from larger carnivores. When a suitable area is found, a Sandemos digs itself a new hole to hide in using its powerful tail. A cocktail of sand and sea water is churned around until the brutal fish is submerged in the seafloor once again.

Gillian residences tend to avoid these carnivores because of the high risk of injury from its massive incisors. The bite force from one is able to crush metal, a nasty thought if applied to raw flesh. This doesn't however deter the idea of hunting Sandemos for resources. Their aforementioned teeth can be grinded into medical powder, used for traps (think bear traps), and weaponry. The meat from a Sandemos varies, sometimes being inedible to having a very salty flavor. Their tentacles despite looking like plants taste like nothing of the such. They contain a large amount of oil and toxic chemicals, thus making it ill-advised to consume one for nourishment.


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harikenn Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looove this one, especially the teeth
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Thylaco Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
I like it, the general form reminds me of a certain Devonian fish.
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Dragonith Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That Devonian fish was the basis for this design. ;)
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Goatlactic Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:la: It is awesomesauce! love its teeth.
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RedPanda7 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Just imagine this guy in Jaws instead of a giant shark in Jaws XD
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Zuroyuso Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks amazing :D
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legendarygryphon Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
Whoa! AWESOME!!!
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