mercoledì 2 luglio 2014

Kaiju Contest - Ketos

Kaiju Name: Ketos

The Ketos is a species of the family Ketosidae. The name comes from the same greek word and it means Sea Creature. It can grow up to 60m in lenght and weight up to 300tons. It is also known as “Piercer” because of the horn/nose used to pierce the body of other creatures living in the depths of the sea.

The body is quite proportioned except for the very heavy head made of thick bone.

The Ketos is a fast and powerful swimmer, usually lives alone and look for other individuals of the same species during the mating period. They don’t produce any vocals, this makes the communication between creatures very hard. The only way they have to communicate is through body contact. After the mating period females lay only one egg which is left usually on reefs, where there are a lot of animals that will be used by the newborn as food.

They can live up to 300-350 years. Since they are so strong and huge,it is quite hard to kill them during their lifespan. Usually individuals die for 2 causes: fights due to the mating period and plankton. Plankton can be a very dangerous threat for the Ketos’. The Ketos’ can drink water and take oxygen from water with a similar mechanism used by fishes. The water enters in their body through valves situated on the sides of the neck.

At those depth water contains different kind of small creature, among them we find plancton. If accumulated in huge quantity, they can clog the breathing system of the Ketos bringing hit to death. A small amount of plankton is not dangerous for the Ketos’ because inside those valves, bioluminescent jellyfishes, live in symbiosis with the Ketos eating the plankton that enters during the breathing cycle.

Worth to mention is that the Ketos’ changes colors and skin patterns, during his life. The color change is used as camouflage and to attract partners.

Young individuals usually live at depths of 500m, the colors is usually blue.

When they grow and they are sexually active their colors get bright and saturated to attract the partners and new patterns appear.

In the last stage of their life, the Ketos’ change colors again and they get red. They usually live at depths of 2000m where light don’t reach them. Red colors cannot be seen in the dark because red light get filtered by water, this gives the Ketos’ the best camouflage and they can hunt their prey without getting seen.

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