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Aquatic Biome by Shadow-Wolf Aquatic Biome by Shadow-Wolf
An aquatic breed of Nyms species! Quick doodle done tonight while watching Surfs Up with friends (best penguin movie ever, very underrated sadly). Ive had this in mind for a while, thinking of what different breeds of Nyms species would look like. Heres a little info on this breed!

An aquatic one like this one uses its wings just like penguins to swim. The wings, like penguin wings, cant fold, so theyre held back and out while they walk on all fours or their hind legs. Their tails have developed into thick rudders like otters tails, the tail feathers becoming short fin-like structures. They can close their nostrils and ears, and hold their breath for up to an hour. In the interest of reducing drag while swimming, the head crest is gone. However their ears are still very expressive even underwater, though laid back while swimming the most part. The hand paws and back paws are webbed, and sport small sharp curved talons to grip coral, or underwater rock (or prey).

They can make their homes in a variety of coastal areas, from tropical to arctic. Making their homes in rocky outcrops or building igloo like compounds for group housing in the snow and ice. Some who live in warmer climates simply dwell on the beach and make temporary beds from surrounding leaf matter. They are extremely quick, and expert fishers, often competing directly with other marine carnivores. Like humans, some arctic groups have specialized in hunting whales, but only kill one whale per year to feed the entire colony.
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Splash-Bass Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Really like how you made the background! That's why I love the ocean 
Bakerdezign Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Back in the old days, when you bought a box of Cracker Jacks,you open the box to see what the prize was inside. This picture is the prize in the box,really nice work.
Leptonyx Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very imaginative rendition. You've put as much detail into the description, it seems, as the art itself. I aplaud your efforts.
Slydragon99 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Artist
Keko-Illustrations Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, nice work! I love the simplicity but also the way you have thought about how it works! Its not enough to draw new species, but you need to understand them too. I love his ears which are tucked back like that heehee! :)
WolvenBird Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Student Digital Artist
D'awww, it's soooo cute and I love how much thought you've put into the species! :heart:
OmegaTheLoyal Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Personally I love the simplicity of it. Amazing <3
Kata Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awww I love it :) I'm a huge fan of Orca Whales so the coloring definitely appeals to me ;)
Om-nom-nomnivore Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is a great species design! I really like how it looks like an killer whale but also resembles an otter.
Yoru-hedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
:3 love :3
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