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Diving with Megalenhydris by HodariNundu Diving with Megalenhydris by HodariNundu
Megalenhydris fue una nutria gigante que habitó las costas de Cerdeña durante el Pleistoceno. Aunque su esqueleto no está completo, es suficiente para deducir dos cosas; que era mucho mayor que cualquier nutria moderna, y que aparentemente estaba muy adaptada a un estilo de vida acuático, ya que su cola (de la que solo se conoce una parte) estaba aplanada dorsoventralmente, y su columna vertebral parece haber sido inusualmente flexible. Megalenhydris parece haber sido lo más cerca que las nutrias llegaron a convertirse en verdaderos monstruos marinos. Posiblemente se alimentaba de peces grandes y moluscos. 

Megalenhydris was a gigantic otter that lived off the coasts of Sardinia during the Pleistocene. Although its skeleton is not complete, it is enough to deduce two things; it was much bigger than any modern otter, and it was apparently very well adapted to an aquatic lifestyle. Its tail (of which only part is known) seems to have been dorsoventrally flattened, and its backbone was very flexible. Megalenhydris seems to be the closest otters ever got to becoming true sea monsters. It probably fed on large fish and mollusks. 
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RattlerJones Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2019  Student Filmographer
now that's a big otter
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IamNoOneSpecial1 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2019
Holy crap, an underwater panther!
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
 I am, however, deeply amused that poor Dunk the Diver risked his leg to get a shot and yet you STILL didn't use his photograph!;) (Wink)  
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2019
 By the look of things it's not above taking a bite at poor old Dunk the Diver either! (who must have nerves of steel AND more lives than a cat to survive this particular day job).:D (Big Grin) 

 Please allow me to compliment you on this evocation of an intriguingly unique species; I've long been intrigued by the "Walking Whales" and it's fascinating to see how close one of the otters came to following that path back to the sea.:) (Smile) 
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pazarinho Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2019
¿dónde leo más sobre ese animal?
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2019   General Artist
Googléalo. No es que haya mucho sobre él por desgracia. :/
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ucumari Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2019
que pesadilla, de hecho si era agresiva, el nada en el oceano habria sido muy peligroso
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Ulfsark-the-Elder Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Es excelente! muy interesante el camino evolutivo de esta criatura, una pena que tantos animales asombrosos se hayan extinto a fines del Pleistoceno.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019   General Artist
Si, dan nostalgia aquellos tiempos tan ricos en especies...
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Loving your "Diving With" series.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
A real-life Ahuizotl...
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:iconhodarinundu:
HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019   General Artist
Or a Dobhar-Chú
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
That as well.
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Tarturus Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fascinating creature. Looks like it would make even the giant otters of the Amazon look small in comparison.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019   General Artist
Yes, apparently it was far larger! 
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ChaosEtMundi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019
Wow
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TheDinoDrawer66 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is quite bizarre. Megalenhydris kinda look like it would evolve into something like a mosasaur or metriorhynchoid in the far future.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019   General Artist
Maybe something akin to that water panther thing from Star Wars Episode I haha
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TheDinoDrawer66 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mean the Sando Aqua Monster? (I had to search for about 2 minutes to find the creature you were talking about.) And yeah they do look similar.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019   General Artist
Yeah, that's the one!
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TheDinoDrawer66 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed.
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Imdraproc Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019
So cool, and very unusual to get know of a prehistoric otter. The water-living old mammals that get most of the attention tend to be early cetaceans like Ambulocetus or Basilosaurus, so this is a really nice touch of variety. One nice thing to do would be an Odobenocetops. 
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019   General Artist
It's most definitely on my list! :)
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MagicTurtle Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019
I'd never heard of this animal before.  Thank you!  I am enraptured.
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019   General Artist
Cool! :B
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paintgirl Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019
OTTER! Nice!
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PerfectChaos22 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Looks like the Otter is in the mood for human foot
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ninetailedfoxfox Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats a Dobhar Chu
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019   General Artist
The thought crossed my mind
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Wynterhawke07 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
... as well as scuba divers dumb enough to draw its attention. :P
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019   General Artist
:B It was an adventurous foodie.
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TommieGonzalez Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019  Student General Artist
Yo sé que las nutrias son peligrosas y todo pero están muy bonitas 😍.
Excelente trabajo. 🙌😁
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019   General Artist
Completamente de acuerdo, y gracias! :B
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CamtheZoologist Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn, and I thought normal otters were demonic OMG 
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019   General Artist
They do bite really hard :B
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TheRabbitWhoHovers Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019  Hobbyist Writer
this reminds me of the bunyips in DnD and Pathfinder (which are large magical beasts that look like seals with shark-like attributes)
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CoyoteCollar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019   Digital Artist
thats so cool omg!!!
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019   General Artist
:)
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CoyoteCollar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019   Digital Artist
like honestly,, that's fursona material right there-- I've been wanting to make an otter or seal, but that's even better omg
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HodariNundu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019   General Artist
I would imagine it hasn´t been done before :B
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CoyoteCollar Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2019   Digital Artist
thank you for letting me know of this species!! this has opened up a lot of art opportunities for me in the form of more dino stuff. Really fits my aesthetic.
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