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- Hunted by Iskandean fishermen these aquatic reptiles are aggressive predators of schooling fish upon which the local economy depends.
- Common Names
- Shaloki, Sea-Swine
- adults average a length of 2-3 meters (6-10 feet), and can mass upwards of 500 kg (1100 pounds).
- 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
- Temperate-Tropical Saltwater, rocky shorelines, reefs, and kelp forests
- Shaloki are carnivores exhibiting coordinated hunting in pods. They primarily prey upon schooling fish, but are also known to hunt larger marine life.
- Social grouping
- They are found in pods of 4-6 members (pair bonded adults with one or two year old young).
- Cunning animals
- 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.
- There has been no effort to domesticate these dangerous creatures.
- 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.