A kappa, as they appear in the Snipe Hunt universe, swimming through the ocean.
Kappas possess intelligence greater than other cryptids, and thus graduate to a demi-human level of classification, such as the sasquatch. Existing in an undersea colony near Japan, the youngsters enjoy sneaking into the human cities, interacting with schoolchildren, the elderly, and others that respect the old ways.
The oldest kappas distrust the humans and discourage interaction with them, owing their prejudice to memories of a time when kappas were hunted. Snipe Hunt kappas have hair composed of a special, fibrous material that absorbs oxygen, allowing for deep-sea dives that can last hours. Their adherence to Japanese tradition led to them often being tricked into bowing in an encounter, which left them open to surprise attack, where they were often killed and scalped by honorless men.
The image of the bald kappa, as shown in toys and artwork of the modern day, is actually an offensive stereotype to living kappas, as it depicts them post-scalping. To them, such imagery is considered extremely hurtful. However, the young kappas who interact with human society do not begrudge humanity its commercialized interpretation of them.
I agree with the Fandango, that's a very well-applied blur right there. It would've been extra cool if the Kappa became bluer the more blurred it was, to get more sense of depth, but that'd take some time to do
Well I had to doublecheck that neither my screen nor eyes were fogging up, but it was in fact a rather well applied aquatic blur. It's a good look for the little fellow, I was wondering when we'd get to see the Snipe Hunt kappa, since they're a pretty well known cryptid. Also racial parallels.
My kappa has a grammaphone growing out of his head.
I remember serving a term at Hazard Laboratories and while I admit I spent much of my time whooping and jibing from the back of the class I remember the story about the Kappa having a hammock-like tongue so as to properly scoop up delicious vegetables.