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Natrixosaurus atlanticus

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The classic sea serpent, slender, large, with red "mane" and not so shy like most other natrixosaurs. Once this genus was widespread on both sides of the atlantic in the open ocean and in the Mediterranean sea. Today N. atlanticus avoids the coastal waters and N. priscus, the mediterranean species, is extinct, vanished by the more an more professional whaling methods of the 18. century. 
So it's not surprisingly that Natrixosaurus was the first sea serpent which was described scientifically. Many specimens which were hunted found their way into the collections of european museums (those which aren't open for the public ;)) and so it was a specimen, today laying in a collection in Kopehagen, which gave the genus, and the whole family, its name. 
With often more than 6 meters in lenght its one of the bigger sea serpents, the largest specimen which was ever found was 7,3m long and weighed 1040,8 kg

Another interesting fact is that our modern word Dragon/Drache may have its origin at this animal which the old greeks called drákōn (snake, the starring one). A old myth from the trojan tells even the story of two sea serpents which came to the beach of Troja to kill Laokoon, a priest of Apollon who comprehend the trick with the horse. 
Here a myth is actually describing a real behavior. Like Gracilinatrix, a close relative, Natrixosaurus is able to rob and stay on land for a short time. Like killer whales they sometimes sprint onto the beach to grab prey from the shoreline. There is no historical document which prove that a Natrixosaurus ever attacked a human in this way but the old greeks must be very impressed from seeing such a behavior. 
Normally this species is a pure fish eater, sometimes small dolphins and young seals find their way into its menu card and even attacks on humans are possible but the stories of sea serpents which bring down whole ships are mostly fantasy (only Halidraco is known to attack small boats when having babies). recent studies also reveal that most reports of shipwrecked sailors which reported sea serpent attacks describe a scavenging behavior, and some of these stories which gave the animal the dept for the sinking of their ship were lies to disguise the own fails.

Edit: over the time the sightings of sea serpents and oarfishes blend into one and created the picture of the sea serpent how we see it today in medieval art.

Edit2: This was the first sea serpent I redesign, I begun with the skeleton and fleshed it out days later after experimenting with the color and design of the other species.
Here the old design, you see very well how I improved since then:
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Other sae serpents:
extinct freshwater sea serpents: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
Cavinatrix: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
Gracilinatrix: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
Bibonatrix: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…
Asperognathus: hyrotrioskjan.deviantart.com/a…

Comments are welcome as always, do you miss the old sea serpents? Are the new species too small? Have you suggestions for presentation or maybe do you know historical sources which would fit this animal? 
I'm open for everything =)
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herofan135Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think these redesigns are very beautiful, you've improved alot! Love how you tie them with the real world, and the facts that you write for each species.
These are your creations pal, and they're awesome just the way they are!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thank you  so much :lol: :hug: 
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Beautiful colors!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks =D
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ArchipithecusHobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome as always. If I were a greek, I'd tell stories about them.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Haha, that would be awesome, but maybe you could tell stories of Halidraco, also known as Cadborosaurus...
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Oh, oh, I will! I'm Canadian, I've got an excuse! So excited to see a sea serpent done in your style inspired by this creature! After I get a few more things on my project done I'll probably get back to doing things related to "Dragons of the World" which reminds me. I have a few other creature designs I think you'd like to hear; remind me to send you a note in a bit.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Haha, that would be awesome =D
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reverecheHobbyist Digital Artist
"A giant sea serpent and a giant *undead* sea serpent are about to make out over my head under the huge fang that apparently serves them asa mistletoe, but I'm fine. Hey, how are you?"
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
There is always time for a bit politeness =)
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reverecheHobbyist Digital Artist
Always!
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PeteriDishHobbyist General Artist
awesome as always!
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
=D thanks =D
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TraheripteryxHobbyist General Artist
Genial! :clap:
Großartige Details und Farben!
Und eine interessante Beschreibung! :D
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Danke vielmals :bow:
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TraheripteryxHobbyist General Artist
Keine Ursache!
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ShinRedDearHobbyist Traditional Artist
Again, wonderful portrait of a very realistic creature. I would totaly believe such an animal exists (or existed) in the sea. Great work once again. ;)
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thank you very much :lol:

Actually I dreamed recently about a documentary with these animals, with an similar style like BBC Sea Monsters... but maybe a bit less american ;)
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ShinRedDearHobbyist Traditional Artist
You're once again most welcome. :D

And yes, a less-american documentary based on your imaginary
ecosystems would be the coolest thing. :D
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
=D
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Really loving all the new sea serpents- but if I recall correctly wasn't this one a great deal bigger before?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Oh, sorry, I remembered wrong: the old Navivenator was just 18m long :blushes:
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Oh, nothing to stop a nearly 18 metre prehistoric sea serpent competing with C. megalodon though is there? ;)

The size change is a smart move, I think. Makes them more realistic, and it also accounts for some terrestrial sightings of "lake monsters". Can't have a huge sea serpent moving on land, but one this size could probably do it, albeit awkwardly.
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