It was not as early as I had wished when I set of, but I had spent the evening back at home playing games with a friend before he left for the Navy so it was well worth it.
I wandered past the work area to see if the creature was there, which it was not. So I took the small boat out in the direction it had swam off. Navigating the boat through the maze of trees proved to be most taxing.
Eventually I spotted movement within the long-grass. Cautiously I followed as best I could. A difficult endeavor for me as I was in a boat and did not know the lay of the land. The creature however knew the environment and could swim a lot fast that my boat could travel.
I lot sight of the creature several times, perhaps I ended up following a different one completely, who know. But eventually I reached an area that was teeming with them it would seem that this is were they reside.
Tethering the boat to a tree I set up a perch within the same tree safe from the waters surface so that I could observe.
I had been sat watching for several hours, learning what I could about their interactions with each other, any hierarchy there may be, as well as witnessing their eating habits. They are indeed carnivorous, eating other creatures that swim within the water as well as eating birds that stray to close. My studies were interrupted by a message from Steven notifying me that one of the creatures was back at the work site causing a problem, only this time they had managed to capture the creature and sedate it. Wasting no time I decided to Link back, leaving the boat behind.
Sure enough they had managed to subdue one and had constructed a makeshift harness around it to keep it from escaping when it woke up.
We had no idea how long the sedative would work on the creature, so we had to work quickly. I had the team hoist the creature up out of the water for short periods of time so that we could study it without causing it damage.
The creature is huge, it looks like some sort of hybrid between a shark and a lizard the one we had was about 27 feet long. Along its body there were stripes of darker and lighter skin, which seems to be camouflage of sorts, especially when combined with the fins on its back.
The creatures had a kind of armor shell on the top of its head and running down its back. Out of the back were a number of long fins that looked a lot like long-grass.
As it turns out, the fins seem to secrete a paralytic, which we unfortunately found out after one of the guys touched it and keeled over.
We rushed him off to the first aid area and he started to get feeling back after an hour or so.
We are guessing that the long fins act as a disguise, the creature lies in the long-grass hidden. Animals either land upon or brush against the fins and are paralyzed which makes for an easy meal. Which is why we nicknamed it a Grass Shark.
In the end we had about 20 minutes of time with the creature before the sedative wore off and he started to get aggressive again, so we released him back into the waters.
I have been forced to reconsider the idea that they were relatively harmless after seeing the sizes of them and combining it with how they “hunt”. We now need to figure out a way to at least keep them from the populated area of Fahets in order to retain explorer safety.
The question is how…