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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 
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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.
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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.
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Slydragon99 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student Artist
ITSSODANGCUTE!!!
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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! :)
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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:
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OmegaTheLoyal Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
Personally I love the simplicity of it. Amazing <3
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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 ;)
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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.
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Yoru-hedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
:3 love :3
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Yoru-hedgehog Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
*:3 :love: :3
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daveogh Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
You conceptualization powers are brilliant!! :aww: So inspiring..!
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dematari Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011   General Artist
oh that's cool that you got your inspiration from Surf's up, totally love that move more so (a great deal more) then happy feet. It totally deserves more love!
look forward to seeing a whole ref sheet to this aquatic ones, Underwater critters are so interesting and fun to design such we no little about the ocean.. damn near anything is possible! :D
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RuinexX Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
This is awesome!
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CharReed Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cute little critter! I just watched Surf's Up on your recommendation. I'd say it was a better surfing movie than a penguin movie :) Of course, singing penguins aren't really realistic either. XD I really like the designs on the sides of the penguins and thought it was cool you added some unique white markings to the underside as well!
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Earthy-Sagittarious Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
kawai
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Dragon-Art14 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool!;)
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Icefox1234 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is so cool!!!!!! :D
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aboveClouds Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011   Digital Artist
Pretty colors! :D
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Stygma Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is cute!
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IxchelSirnight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Originally thought it was orca based! D: Penguins are one of my least favourite species but the pic is cool either way.
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Wolf256 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I like the idea of this. very original and cute too :D plus the colouring and shading re great too :heart: your art is just amazing
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
like a mix with an otter and a killer whale and a doggie.. so cute :)
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MizAmy Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
This is Adorable I love the Pose and the Gliding look <3
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LaJolly Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful design! I really love the combination of patterns and species you come up with. @_@
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ArtStormDragon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
I love this little guy, he looks like a cross between an otter and an orca whale :love: And I totally agree with you about Surf's Up, it is such a good movie! Big Z (aka Geek) FOREVER! :iconyeahplz:
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MystKrew Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
Love it!!!!! :love: and it's so cute too, if it were real I would just want to take it home and never give it back!!! :nuu: You do such extraordinary work that even your "quick doodle" are amazing.:thumbsup:
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Charbuh Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011   Digital Artist
What an interesting species. :O And I love the way you did their faces- they look expressive and smart!
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TheSilverMasque Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student General Artist
awwww <3
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