Giant Shovelhead

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Giant Shovelhead
(Nupharocetus natoapricationis)
Main image of Giant Shovelhead
Species is extinct.
15/101, gamma ray burst
Information
CreatorOviraptor Other
Week/Generation12/79
HabitatJujubee Open Ocean, LadyM Open Ocean
Size22.8 m Long
Primary MobilityUnknown
SupportUnknown
DietFilter-feeder, Photosynthesis
RespirationUnknown
ThermoregulationEctotherm
ReproductionSexual, spawning, two sexes
Taxonomy
Domain
Superkingdom
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Viridisagania
Mancerxa
Phytozoa (info)
Phylloichthyia (info)
Nectophasola
Phasolocetes
Nupharocetidae
Nupharocetus
Nupharocetus natoapricationis
Ancestor:Descendants:

Growing to immense proportions, even bigger than its relative, which it split off from, the strainbean, the giant shovelhead is a lazy creature that spends most of its life drifting aimlessly through the open oceans simply collecting sunlight. To supplement its diet, it still collect tiny organisms as it breathes in the water, but this is more like a secondary food source now. If you want to see one active, you'll have to come during a sunny day. At night or under clouds they don't move at all, to conserve energy. They can go weeks without any sunlight by just staying still and drifting with the current. Once a year, they will seek out a mate. They use special modified baleen sensors to pick up the scent of the opposite sex and slowly move their huge paddles and drift until they find a mate. Once they have, both mates will release their genetic material and hopefully produce some offspring. They then spend about a month staying near the new babies, which are still the same little filter-feeders to start, until they are larger enough, then they will each drift on their own until it's time to mate again.

Because of how slow they move, and how spread out they can get, individuals may not mate for years because they could not find a mate. Most of the little babies do not make it to adulthood. Because of their slow rate of travel, things tend to collect on them. To prevent things from collecting on the top, which is how where they get most of their food, they use what's left of their electric shocking ability. They don't, however, care about what collects on the bottom of their bodies.

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Living Relatives (click to show/hide)

These are randomly selected, and organized from lowest to highest shared taxon. (This may correspond to similarity more than actual relation)
  • Tonboskimmer (phylum Phylloichthyia)