These aquatic creatures have not one mouth, but seven, each with a long, rigid, sucking tube. These tubes are useful at manipulating objects and trapping plankton between them, but how are they to swallow a tasty shrimp that will swim away the moment they let go when the ends of the tubes are pointing the other way? This is where cooperation comes in. These creatures live in large schools and "groom" each others' feeding tubes. Ninety-five percent of the food they eat is captured by others and ninety-five percent of the food they capture will be eaten by others. They are very interdependent.
These creatures live in the seas of planet Snax. They produce music by flexing their bodies. Why they do this is a bit of a mystery as they are never seen mating and the noise attracts predators. Perhaps they are debating philosophy.
Shaped like giant ladles or spoons, sea scoops push upwards through the water, fold shut, and force the water through the slit-shaped filter on the underside. Trapped particles are pulled into the mouth by a single tongue and the process begins again.
This eight-armed starfish from the planet Tizin-A (to be visited in one of my upcoming science fiction adventure books, The Gorilla With Twenty-Four Heads) lives in shallow ponds and uses the finger-like appendages at the ends of its arms to grab vegetation and carrion to pass to its mouth underneath. The transparent envelope around its body protects its young (not shown) until they have grown large enough to break through.
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The sea worm above secretes water-proof pigments from pores in its tail. It uses its tail to paint copies of anything that crawls by. Mostly, these are others of its kind that live in the same colony. This seafloor mural allows these creatures to hide against this background by holding still. Predators learn quickly that most of the worms they see are only pictures and give up if they do not see movement. This is important, as the predator shown below is very fast. With five jets, it can change direction very quickly. The slit on the left is the mouth.
Sorry about the shadows. I made these for people at Comic Con and I no longer have most of them. No matter how I angled my camera, I could not seem to avoid shadows. I made many doodles this month. These are the few that I just don't feel all that inspired by to imagine their biological details, so I just lumped them in together on one post. Don't worry, there are many more coming this August that are quite a bit more interesting. Which is your favorite?
These tiny crystalline organisms orbit the star Ameneline Theta with the end on the right facing the star. Electromagnetic (light, UV, infrared) and particulate (protons, electrons) radiation is captured in the funnel. The protons are captured in the matrix of palladium rods running lengthwise through the organism, inside of which the protons are pressed so closely together that some limited fusion reactions are possible. The electrons run between the palladium rods. Further fusion is used to synthesize all the elements needed for its growth. Excess energy is stored in the bumpy, left-hand end. To disguise their silhouettes from crystalvorous monsters, the loops on the left emit light to match as closely as possible the electromagnetic signature of the star. In this way, they use as much electromagnetic energy as they take in and survive off of particles only.
This is the wrapjaw dragon. Its upper jaw is jointed in order to better grasp struggling prey before it can be killed. It can also be used to pick up nesting material independently from the true mouth, giving these dragons the ability to selectively let go of different items.
The wrapjaw dragon is distantly related to the creature below. The upper "jaw" of the dragon is actually derived from a fusion of the true upper jaw with an extension of muscles and tendons from the neck. The creature below represents a more basal lineage that has yet to achieve a complete fusion.
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This is a Scatterface. This one appears to have two eyes, two ears, and one mouth. Others may have different numbers. Each spherical section is able to rotate in place independently. The tentacles below are imbued with some mysterious energy that allows them to cut through flesh as quickly as swords. The Scatterfaces have "personal gravitation orientation." That is, their bodies orient with the tentacles hanging in a direction of their choice without (or in spite of) any gravity. This allows them to float around the outer surface of a spacecraft or asteroid without flying off by pointing at it. They can also escape all but the strongest gravitating bodies simply by pointing away. Recently, the Scatterfaces approached the Meofusian empire about forming a trade alliance. The deal is still being discussed by the Meofusian Parliament.
Hello, my name is Dan. I am an author, artist, explorer, and contemplator of subjects large and small. I like bacon. I like pizza. I like bacon pizza. I enjoy long walks on the beach, but prefer the mountains. I am a huge fan of Jesus. When I grow up, I want to be just like him and create my own universes.