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Myrtak

Other Names None
Climate/Terrain Warm coastal waters
Frequency Rare
Organization Solitary
Activity Cycle

Any

Diet Herbivore

Physical Description

The odd creature known as the myrtak (MEER-tack) has a crab-like shell body with a soft fleshy protoplasmic covering over the shell which extends out into six long smooth flexible rounded tentacles. The soft body of the creature extends below the main shell in a long cluster of fibrous tissue. The shell is almost a meter in diameter. The tentacles are 2 to 3 meters long.

A full sized adult myrtak

Combat

In the water, the myrtak has a fast and agile swimmer able to lash out with any of its six tentacles, each of which can deliver a terrible sting. However, it will usually move away from perceived threats and does not generally bother swimmers unless provoked. Even so, it is generally not a good idea to be too close to one of these creatures. Even accidentally rubbing up against one of the six tentacles will result in a painful sting that will last for hours.

Habitat

The myrtak is an aquatic creature. It moves gracefully underwater, but nearly helpless on land. Out of the water, it can survive for several hours before drying out and dying a painful death. On land, it moves awkwardly, being forced to grab onto things with its tentacles and pull its bulk along. It is still a dangerous creature on land as it can lash out with its tentacles, even when out of water and it is much more likely to lash out and attack when suffering from the stress of being out of its element.

Ecology

The myrtak feeds on microscopic aquatic life forms.

A young myrtak, about one foot long.

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