the Balance of Sea-Dwelling Species
—The first avoc attempt to distinguish knowledge and cultural practices from religious doctrine into observational knowledge.
Dt: 388 A.T.
Distinguishing between the way in which Efteta organizes knowledge and how things are is a new phenomenon in Pale Shores. To merely suggest it a generation or two ago would be unheard of. However, as the pori continue to expand their influence in our lives these ideas make an increased amount of sense. Due to previous cultural practices and beliefs centered around Efteta, observation of sea-based fauna has been non-existent and our knowledge of these animals is subsequently lacking.
We still learn the ways of gathering empirical evidence through observation as a culture, and the professions of research are slowly being embraced across Pale Shores. Correspondence with pori scientists and researchers has left us with instructions on how to go about gathering, categorizing, and understanding all of these data points.
This text however is not about the avoc’s cultural struggle to grasp a new concept of knowledge and understanding Omneutta, but specifically about the observations that connect two specific species by way of seasonal hunting that keeps local natural resources in the range of optimum population. These two species, the devtalnu and akkigavou, have been observed to both hunt the same species of fish in opposing seasons. While we can’t make any verifiable claims as to how this process began we can say that this equitable hunting division has prevented the fish from becoming underpopulated.
Before we could make such a determination, we first had to be fairly certain of each part of that claim. After six years of study on both animals for their respective hunting habits across three different seas on two planet-stars, we could verify that both species consistently hunted this single fish as their main source of food. It is known that avoc hunted both of these species some time ago, before the Thawing, though discontinuing this practice does not seem to have led to any appreciable effect on any of the three populations: devtalnu, akkigavou, or the fish.
Alongside our research on hunting habits, we consulted with pori wildlife biologists to determine what would be an appropriate population of fish to prevent inbreeding. If the population grew too small, the next few generations would continue to decrease regardless of overhunting as a growing percentage of fish would be infertile from this inbreeding. We also determined what impact to each of the the local ecosystems there was per fish, so that based off of population counts, we could determine the maximum amount of fish that each of these seas could support.
In both the warm and cold seasons, regular hunting by the devtalnu and akkigavou in each respective season kept the fish population from surpassing this maximum population estimate. Additionally, it was observed that in two separate instances when the population of fish was within 25% of its projected minimum number to prevent inbreeding, the vast majority of the fish population retreated from coastal waters, limiting the access of predators. This was observed on two different planet-stars, once in a warm season and once in a cold season.
This knowledge has greatly increased our understanding of the natural environment around Pale Shores. Upon further observational research and thought experiments encouraged by our pori counterparts, we anticipate learning even more.