Shaloki

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About

Hunted by Iskandean fishermen these aquatic reptiles are aggressive predators of schooling fish upon which the local economy depends.
Common Names
Shaloki, Sea-Swine

Description

Classification
reptile
Size
adults average a length of 2-3 meters (6-10 feet), and can mass upwards of 500 kg (1100 pounds).
Appearance
They swim using their four fore-limb flippers, hind limbs ending in webbed feet, and powerful flat tail. They are capable of limited movement on land, using their ability to leap from the water to great effect when needed. Their mottled appearance lends some camouflage while stalking prey fish, before attacking with a savage tearing bite.
Sexual dimorphism
Variance

Ecology

Habitat
Temperate-Tropical Saltwater, rocky shorelines, reefs, and kelp forests
Diet
Shaloki are carnivores exhibiting coordinated hunting in pods. They primarily prey upon schooling fish, but are also known to hunt larger marine life.

Behaviour

Social grouping
They are found in pods of 4-6 members (pair bonded adults with one or two year old young).
Temperament
Aggressive
Intelligence
Cunning animals
Reproduction
Young are live-birthed, generally in pairs, measuring half a meter in length and massing about 5 kg. They grow quickly, reaching sexual maturity in three years.

Sub-Species

Domestication

General
There has been no effort to domesticate these dangerous creatures.
Resources
Shaloki meat is edible. Their livers are considered a delicacy in Iskander, and are eaten raw cut into thin strips, skewered, and rolled in sea salt.

Stories

See Also

Kolm Dar-Ukys