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Dracos marahute

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Pinnipterids display an amazing range of sizes, the smallest able to sit in the palm of hour hand, and the largest (Dracos marahute) having a wingspan of nearly fifteen meters. This enormous flyer preys on large land animals, swooping down on them, delivering a killing bite, and then carrying them off. It is immensely powerful, still able to fly while carrying an animal of its own weight.
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megakyurem4188's avatar
this is one my favorite designs from your gallery
ChrisM199's avatar
that is beautiful you made
Evometheus6082's avatar
Can they breath fire
Biofauna25's avatar
No, they can't.
Evometheus6082's avatar
They the planet's apex prdeators
Biofauna25's avatar
They are in the environments they inhabit, but as their size and flight mechanics limit them to tropical coastlines, other predators (like the Emperor Parkuda) are dominant elsewhere. Very few planets are uniform enough to have a single apex predator species.
WorldBuildersInc's avatar
Is this (MINDBLOWINGLY EPIC) creature's aeronautical efficiency helped by a form of jet-ish propulsion via the intakes in his flanks, or are those intakes just regular respiratory 'nostrils'? :)
Biofauna25's avatar
Just regular respiration orifices; but they do allow for much more efficient breathing while in flight, virtually no muscle power being needed to inhale.
Thanks!
ImmaCatastrophe's avatar
Even without a comparison, you can just TELL that it's huge! How does that work?!
Biofauna25's avatar
Well, the trick was in coming up with a spongy, gas-filled tissue that make up the bulk of the wings to give them a good airfoil shape, but supported by plexiglass-like calcified cartilage rods to give them a degree of rigidity necessary for control.  This combination of features allows such a large and relatively heavy creature to sustain flight... and as I'm writing this it occurs to me that your question was not only rhetorical, but also aimed toward the aesthetic of implied scale rather than the biomechanics... OMG! 

As for that, it was a happy accident. :D
ImmaCatastrophe's avatar
Ha yes i never meant to ask about the biomechanics ;) but now that you explain it, it's cool :D
loverking99's avatar
so how do their carry of there prey? In their claws (look a bit to small to carry), or their mouths?
Biofauna25's avatar
They do carry prey with their feet, but not really their claws. It's like how humans grab things with fingers but not their nails.
loverking99's avatar
You are a wise gentalman and thanks for explaning
PeteriDish's avatar
majestic, heraldic appearance, more than suitable for the king of the skies! wonderful creature!
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PeteriDish's avatar
you're welcome!
Dracorexius's avatar
Ah I see what you did there lol
Marahute from Rescuers Down Under right?
Biofauna25's avatar
Yep! :) One of the few movies where the sequel is better than the original.
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