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Barnards' Swordswallower

By Abiogenisis
Living in the oceans of a dense metal rich planet, the Swordswallower moves through the sea on a single undulating ventral fin. As it moves, its jaw sweeps planktonic life into its small mouth at the back of the 'net', where it is filtered and any food swallowed. The membrane it uses to hunt may look delicate, but is make from silk-like secretions and is easily repaired by glands in the egg shaped 'mouth'.

To alter its depth, a gas bladder fills much of its insides and can change volume at will, letting the Swordswallower feed using minimum energy.

Under the shadow of this specimen, a school of smaller fish-size relations of the Swordswallower seek shelter under its shadow. If I predator attacks, the feeding mouth of the large creature can be retracted, and the fish size creatures will hide inside. In return for this shelter, the fish like animals keep the Swallower free from parasites.

Trailing from the rear of this specimen are two long pale strings of gametes, releasing hundreds of reproductive cells into the sea as it swims, to mix in the water with the eggs and sperm of others swimming nearby.

To see the internal anatomy of this critter check out my gallery.

It was painted in Photoshop using standard fuzzy brushes set to between zero and 70% hardness, with hard brushes used for fine details.
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TheYump's avatar
Its beautiful
SacredFlame318's avatar
Funny how this was the first work of yours that I found. It still amazes me every time I see it. This is very nice.
Abiogenisis's avatar
An old one but remains popular even now
AcidCatFreak's avatar
some of the design really reminds me of phaedrus from shadow of the colossus! also would like to say how CRAZY AMAZING your art is!! i especially love your art that's in the ocean - i love any sort of art that includes very large sea creatures
Abiogenisis's avatar
Might have to play that game...
AcidCatFreak's avatar
yea! ive only seen playthroughs of the game from youtubers i watch (i stink at videogames) and it seems like a challenging yet fun experience!
IronsGrimm's avatar
Are you aware this piece of art shows up in this design for this concept yacht:… ? I have a piece of art from the interior of the yacht which has this image on a moniter inside the boat. I can't find the image anywhere on the internet so I think it might have been removed. 
vanGator's avatar
this picture is very awesome i like how the fin and the light play together
Abiogenisis's avatar
Thank you! It is one of my favourite things to paint, the open ocean.
Angalalove's avatar
that's a really cool concept 
Haezir0's avatar
ItinerantDjuradhan's avatar
Just beautiful. Well drawn, and well done.
Abiogenisis's avatar
Thank you kindly :)
Xennext's avatar
I do enjoy this drawing. The way the creature was drawn give a sense of familiarity to Earth very own ocean and at the same give off the sense of being on a foreign world due to the way you drew a majestic lifeform of an alien world. Keep up the great work man.
CareeningCorpse's avatar
Such an amazing creature. Outstanding work.
Ocean345's avatar
U really mastered the water technique didn’t ya
Ocean345's avatar
Wowza! Looked like a photo at first glance. Well done!
Tarakonah's avatar
This looks gorgeous !!
Kraytas's avatar
I have a series of questions...

wheres the eyes? how does it eat? what inspired you to draw this? Wheres the head? How does it swim? Can i eat it? How does it have bbies? are you going to answer any of these? Is it dangerous? Does it have any defense techniques? 

Thats all for now
Abiogenisis's avatar
No eyes, just some scattered light sensing areas. Eats by filtering plankton into the rear basket. No head. Swims by undulating ventral fin. Not dangerous
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