Ship Sinker Picture

****For the Aquatic Sea Dragon contest****

This great beast looks deceptively calm, but don't let it's gentle appearance fool you. If it's massive size wasn't enough, each of its flippers are larger than the largest ships, it's teeth greater in girth than a main mast, and it has a hidden barb on the end of its split tail that could skewer a whale like fish bait.

Amid the annals if history, this monster has cropped up many times. In Ancient Greece they called it Megálo Dráko Neró or the "Great Water Dragon". In Japan it was called Fune Shinkā: "Ship Sinker" or Kappa: "Water Demon". The Celtic tribes revered it as a god that punished all who sought to claim the oceans. The Great Water Dragon is also attributed to the sinking of the legendary Islands of Atlantis.

It is said to predate all known dragons, giving rise to the myth that it is the ancestors of dragons as we know them. It is unclear if it actually is because of it's prolific life span. This much is known, it has no natural life span, the oldest of its kind is thousands of years old. . The Great Water Dragon is most closely associated with creatures like the Loch Ness Monster, Charybdis, and the Chinese water dragon.

It does share some traits with modern day dragons though. It's flippers are made up of a thin membrane with bony ribs giving them structure. They don't actually use their flippers for propulsion, but rather slither- or fly- through the water. Their flippers are for fighting off adversaries, and to secure themselves to females when mating. They have a gas filled organ similar to a dragons fire sack, but this organ is filled with a buoyant gas that helps support it's weight.

They have no eyes, but hundreds of small sensor-like dots all over their back and stomach. They use them to feel for everything from the flow of currents, the electrical signals of prey, to a form of echolocation.

[It doesn't have two tails, but one tail that splits apart to reveal a hidden barb. In this picture, it is getting ready to literally Stab the ship with its enormous barb... Sorry for the bad paint job. I regret not just coloring this with pencils instead of Watercolor pencils.]
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