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Star Wars Lore – The Sea Creatures of Naboo (Legends)

The labyrinth of cavernous tunnels and tubes of lava that ran from the surface of Naboo to its plasmic core was perhaps the most dangerous stretch of water in the entire galaxy. Even the most experienced Gungan explorers and navigators chose to avoid the Naboo Abyss for its extreme heat and the very fact there was always a bigger fish...

Welcome to TheCancrizans' Star Wars Lore Episode 188 – The Sea Creatures of Naboo (Legends)

Opee Sea Killer

Often found clung to rocky outcroppings or hidden away inside unsuspecting caverns, opee sea killers were often considered to be the third largest predator on all of Naboo, only falling short to the colo claw fish and sando aqua monster. Their average length of twenty metres certainly struck fear into the hearts of most, but it was perhaps their method of catching prey that truly unnerved inexperienced and veteran navigators alike. Indeed, by sucking water through their mouths and jet propelling forward, the vicious crustacean rapidly accelerated to its victim before unleashing its massive, adhesive tongue. They were then drawn into the opees gaping maw of multi-rowed teeth. But if that wasn't horrifying enough, each beast came equipped with tough, chitinous hide that was strong enough to deflect small arms blaster fire. This made opee sea killers as aggressive as they were persistent, and unafraid of larger predators. As a matter of fact, every single member of the species were said to be incredibly independent and self-sustainable, even form the day they were born – an evolutionary drive activated after a total of three months of incubation entirely inside the mouth of male opees.

Colo Claw Fish

Named after their huge pectoral appendages, and for good reason, colo claw fish were forty-metre-long, colossal beings who patiently stowed away in the darkness of caverns. They did so as a means of concealment – at least until the inevitable point in time where another fish stumbled upon them. When this occurred, the unfortunate victim was blasted with a disorientating hydrosonic shriek. It was then helplessly dragged towards an unhinged jaw laced with venomous fangs. I say unhinged not as a metaphor, but rather literally, as each creature could open their mouth wide enough to swallow whole anything it so desired. If such prey was consumed without being poisoned, however, then they could escape the claw fish's stomach through chewing alone. This happened somewhat regularly when they attempted to feast upon baby sea killers.

Sando Aqua Monster

Standing at a height of two hundred metres, sando aqua monsters were the largest of Naboo's deadly predators and perhaps the most muscular. No joke, these creatures were jacked. But what made them so deadly was neither their mass nor power alone, rather a combination of various traits. Webbed hands, an immense snapping jaw, a bite strong enough to tear through the shells of opee sea killers – these qualities forged aqua monsters into unrivaled predators. Which is impressive considering their inability to swim. Indeed, the feline-like mammals were so poorly streamlined that they had to traverse across the ocean floor, using their massive finned claws to do so.

Unsurprisingly, sando aqua monsters could devour schools of fish in only a matter of seconds – and it's a good job, too. You see, due to their impressive size, they all had to constantly eat so to maintain their stature. Yet the female of the race could only bear one pup at a time. A single year out of their century long lifespan, however, was devoted to nursing their young. Of course, all of this information was conjured either through speculation or guessing to the best of one's ability, since the aqua monsters were so illusive. And even when one or two made their presence known, not too many researchers were daring enough to take a closer look. Many scientists theorised that the species evolved from land-based ancestors, as a result. Their go-to piece of evidence for this was the large, bulbous organ located near the tail of each creature. Moreover, some were spotted surfacing in swamp lakes to attack herds of fambaa and falumpaset alike. So whether it be on land or in sea, there was truly nowhere to run nor to hide from the sando aqua monster...

Now it's time for this week's question: providing they were all the same length and weight, which of today's sea creatures do you think would reign supreme in a triple threat battle royale? Let us know in the comments below!

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