Sirefins Picture

This started out as a sketch from awhile back ago. Originally names Lyrafins, I decided to name them Sirefins, based on the word sirens from Greek mythology. (See their description for the reason why.)

This is a pack with 2 males and 2 females, with the females on the inside and the males on the outside. The one on the far right is an older alpha male who's been through a few good fights.


Sirefins

Appearance & Physiology
• Females have four smaller horns, while males have four longer ones. The females, unlike many animals of the world, are the prettier-colored ones, with blue-, green-, or purple-gray skin. The males are far grayer in color than the females.
• A ghostly feature of theirs is their white, seemingly pupilless eyes, which are described as looking dead. In reality, their pupils are just white in color, and their eyes have a protective, clear lid that always covers them while underwater.
• Known for their graceful swimming, sirefins have natural oils that their leathery skin secretes to keep them able to move swiftly and easily through the waters.
• They have quite a lot of muscles in their tails to help propel them through the water. When on land, their tails can be seen in positions that make their musculature clear.

Habitat
• Sirefins are mammals native to the ocean.
• They live in underwater caverns or dens with pockets of air to breathe, but often take shelter and hide in wait inside sunken underwater city buildings.

Behavior
• Sirefins can live in small packs of around five to eight individuals all the way up to very large packs of around twenty. Each pack normally consists of one alpha male. Most males are lone males that live their entire lives alone unless they are capable of taking on the alpha of a pack to claim his position. Rarely, some packs allow older alpha males to live out the rest of their lives in the safety of the pack, despite having been beaten in a challenge.
• When threatened, they lower their heads and use their horns to fight or scare off larger predators. The males will also fight one another with their horns during mating season for the females.
• Sirefins produce the most eerie and alluring underwater songs that are beautiful enough to attract even their prey as well as others of their kind. When courting females, the males will perform their best song for them along with an elegant dance-like show.
• Once a mate is found, they mate for life and can produce anywhere from one to eight pups, or young, over a lifetime. Only one pup can be born at a time, unless the mother produces twins.
• Birthing always takes place underwater, so the young are born swimmers.
• Sirefins rarely venture on land, unless it is to hunt or gather materials for their homes.
• A dying sirefin is said to sing the saddest, most heartbreaking song. Because they are such an intelligent species, sirefins mourn their dead, singing in harmony.

Traits & Info
• Known for their wide range of vocalizations, they are also capable of navigating with echolocation and can even stun small prey.
• Sirefins are capable of holding their breath underwater for up to thirty minutes, though they typically surface for air every fifteen minutes or so.
• Their lifespan is around thirty years, with a max of around forty.
• Sirefins are highly trainable due to their intelligence, though they don’t make good pets because of their wild and aggressive nature, along with requiring a very large amount of water to live in.
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