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Another future or alternate-timeline dolphin, this one converging on a manta ray, for a change. It’s not exactly what I originally pictured, but close enough for guv’ment work, as we say here in Uh-Mare-Uh-Kuh. The idea sprung from the same little desktop stingray model that inspired the Elasmoray. The toy has an oddly porpoise-like head, with a blunt "beak," dolphin-like "smile," and eyes situated in a more mammalian than piscine position. (Or maybe I’m reading too much into it.) Anyhoo, it strikes me as a chimerical dolphin/ray hybrid every time I look at it, so the concept has been percolating on the back burner for quite a while now.

The image background came from the same Cannon Beach photo I used for the Elasmoray. The toy stingray came from the Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, which I can’t recommend highly enough. It’s not as flashy and commercial as the Oregon Coast Aquarium just across the street, but is much more educational and has some great exhibits. (Ironically, the guy I worked under during my marketing internship at the Oregon Zoo earned his stripes handling PR for the Oregon Coast Aquarium during the Keiko/"Free Willy" fiasco.)

There was some detail loss in the color version, so I posted the original graphite drawing to my Scraps ([link]).

This is probably my last ray analogue for a while, but perhaps not my last dolphin analogue. With so many in the works, I should start referring to these creatures as "evolphins" for convenience!
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dangerlove13's avatar
<font><font>hij klaar is, i stay hin on my profiel :D (Big Grin) </font></font>
dangerlove13's avatar
wow that's beautifull, ill try him to draw :)
thomastapir's avatar
Awesome, I'd like to see what you come up with.  :)
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Thank you madam!
adriennsandor's avatar
ur welcome hahahah :)
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Sphenacodon's avatar
Ah, so he's like the elasmoray, only different. :)

He looks like he needs a hug.
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Man, between you hugging my creatures and Doodlebot riding them, I think my fantasy creations gets more affection than I do!

:iconthomastapir: minus :petting: equals :tears:
Sphenacodon's avatar
Aww, here you go. :hug:

I'm that way. I either hug stuff or eat it.
thomastapir's avatar
I'm glad you chose the former in this case! :lol:
Doodlebotbop's avatar
It's interesting how the tail there look like a torpedo's wings XD

This shape would make an appealing shape for an aquatic mech design methinks.
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Hah, I guess I've got torpedoes on the brain. :)

I can see it!, as an aquatic mech that is. To me it looks a bit like a flying wing aircraft, like the more rounded version of the Stealth bomber predicted by the media before the actual B-2 was unveiled.
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Air and sea craft? Goes unabstructed from one to the other?
thomastapir's avatar
Hah!, I wasn't thinking of that, but it certainly seems feasible. That's what Tim had in mind with the original Anchelon/Anchelornian idea.
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Hey, heey! I just thought of something.

When Venus was terraformed in your Flea War story. Did bodies of water appear? Is it mostly traced with streams and river and ponds and lakes, or are there seas an oceans? Would there be any of the big gaurdian things out there? (forgot what they were called suddenly)

Like those desert shrimp, when there's water they hatch, grow, and breed in like a week and when it dries up their eggs are like sand until the next time it rains.
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Like Earth, much of Venus is covered with water in this scenario. The real-world Venus has two major highlands areas, referred to as Aphrodite and Ishtar (surface features are named for the equivalent of Venus in various world cultures and mythologies), and theoretically these plateaus would become continental land masses if Venus had large quantities of surface water.

You mentioned that shrimp idea before, and I really liked it! In fact, I collected part of our discussion for future reference...I'll e-mail it to you now.
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Oops! I repeated myself XD

Cool! Right now I'm workin' me bum off trying to finish a speech I have to give tomorrow, so I'll look at the convo later in the week. :3

Finals are trying to eat meh! D:
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Finals = Fail
Darcie = Win
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