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Fish Theft: Subaquatic edition

I was surprised to see that Hesperornis could be almost as big as the average human, wich also puts it around the same size as a female Pteranodon (minus the latter's wingspan). Following recent research on pterosaurian competence underwater, here's a female Pteranodon being harassed by two much more agile Hesperornis into giving up on her fish.

I like to think that Pteranodons were jerks on the air, using their size to bully the smaller Nyctosaurus and Ichthyornis like modern day Frigatebirds. But underwater they were probably pretty helpless and the tables would turn!


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Dalovoraptor's avatar
i love those big bird toes xD
kumarkiranb356's avatar
Wow, how amazing! 
Beto1207's avatar
Wow! it's incredible!
CartoonBen's avatar
:) (Smile) By the way, since you said something about Hesperornis being near the size of a human, I guess that would kind of make them look like part loon, part penguin, and part sea lion/seal. 
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:) (Smile) The colors of the water and the animals are so pretty. Good job.
Kagansaurus's avatar
The concept makes sense, except for one thing, how did pteranodon get back into the air once it dove in. Surely it would be too big to just take off like modern seabirds.
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Studies have been made showing that it was physically possible for pterosaurs to take off from the water by using a modified version of the terrestrial "quad-launch" model, in which they gain momentum by pushing themselves with the wings against the water several times in small "jumps" until they are free enough to get airborne. Granted that needs a fair bit of space to take off, but nothing much different than heavy birds like swans do today. It has even been observed that some ducks use their wings to push against the water surface when rapidly taking off from a floating position.
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i bet this is Photoshop CC
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GTF- GRAND THEFT FISHY
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i think Julio-Lacerda is dead
RaishinL's avatar
hes not dead, he just doesnt use DeviantArt anymore, he still uploads lots of stuff on his Tumblr though paleoart.tumblr.com/
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masterchiefsenpai's avatar
he haven't upload for a long time now
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rest in paleoart pepperoni
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