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February 19, 2011 / milesandhisfavorites

Planet Flike: Swamp Creatures

Somewhere on the distant edge of the Andromeda Galaxy is the perfect planet: a lush land teeming with life, and rife with new environments.  It is called Flike, and the creatures that inhabit it are beyond anything a person could imagine.  This is the story of Planet Flike…

Planet Flike is made up mostly by a global sea, with several large islands and multiple archipelagos dotting the landscape.  The islands are connected to the oceans by wetlands and estuaries that lead inland.  Inside those wetlands and estuaries, life that is truly unique thrives.  Let us begin with the Glyone.


Glyones are swamp predators.  Fully grown Glyones can grow to be up to ten feet long, but newborns rarely exceed two feet.  They are amphibious, though they are far more adept in the water.  Despite being amphibious, they are more closely related to Earth cephalopods, as shown by their tentacles and cartilage in place of most basic body structures, like muscles and bones.  Their tactics are to camouflage themselves with their tentacles poised upwards.  Then, when unlucky prey walk on top of them (they don’t feel it due to the soft cartilage), they are caught and cannot get out.  Their main prey: the Hunlunk.


Hunlunks are large herd animals that are the Flike equivalent of water buffalo.  The oldest ones can be up to fifteen feet long, but most are eleven feet on average.  Their odd antennae are, in fact, natural motion sensors, able to detect minor disturbances in the heat and air, allowing them to avoid the less discreet predators, which in fact accounts for many of Flike’s wetland hunters.  Hunlunks are also surprisingly agile, due to their long legs.  They live in herds of up to thirty-five, which often migrate inland, where more diverse ecosystems exist.  Still, Hunlunks are not the only community creatures in the swamps of Flike.


Julmers are monkey-like tree dwelling creatures that live in close-knit communities in the tall wetland mangroves.  They have extremely long limbs, but are only five feet tall at most.  They hunt tiny insects called Phryla Bugs, which happen to be massive sources of protein and calcium.

Phryla Bug

Phryla Bugs themselves have no legs, and their main body systems are almost mechanical, giving them almost unlimited energy.  Phryla Bugs often grow to two inches at most, but with a wingspan of at least four.  The Julmers have evolved lightning-fast reflexes and claws that enable them to easily catch Phryla Bugs, but they need other sources of nutrients, which the mangrove fruits and flowers are happy to provide.  But back in the water, the Glyones have a rival.


Careeds are rare rivals to the Glyones, sometimes exceeding lengths of up to twenty feet long.  Careed eyes are placed on thin stalks, to disguise them as swamp reeds.  Their hunting tactics are similar to that of the Glyone, only the element of surprise doesn’t play as big of a role.  If a creature like a Hunlunk steps into the circle of spikes on a Careed’s back, the Careed immediately swims off.  If the prey struggles, they only extend their injuries until they lose conciousness from blood loss.  Then, the Careed can easily devour it.  What’s more, a single adult Hunlunk provides a single meal for at least two weeks.  Hunlunks are not the only prey that Glyones and Careeds compete for, though.


Bileaks are large birds, that often grow up to eight feet tall.  Their feathers are camouflaged to blend into the murky browns and greens of the wetlands.  Their legs, however, snap easily and make them vulnerable to predators.  Despite this, their kick is four times stronger than a red kangaroo, making it almost certainly deadly.  They often feed on low-lying plants and reeds, and occasionally Phryla Bug larvae.  All in all, the swamps of Flike are amazing.  Next time, the oceans are a dangerous place, especially for larger, weaker, carnivores.


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