Devtalnu

Devtalnu

(dehv-talh-nuh)

Biological Information

Sz: 1.8 m. | 5’ 11” (head to tail)
Wt: 100 kg. | 220 lbs.
Loc: Pale Shores
Tpt: Predatory
Prd: None

References
  1. Expired Tools
  2. Report: the Balance of Sea-Dwelling Species
  3. From Sea to Ice

In modern times, avocs and devtalnu have little interaction. In the past, the species were hunted for their tusks for use in weaponry and tools but like many species across Pale Shores this practice has ceased.1 Aside from rare instances of devtalnu traveling inland and hunting river fish, the animals do not compete with avocs for any resource.

Apex predators of the seas cross Pale Shores, devtalnu are named for their large teeth, or tusks. With devtalnu eating sea-based fish in the arm season and akkigavou eating them in the cold season, the two species keep the seas’ fish populations under control.2

Devtalnu are large aquatic mammals, with large tusks used to skewer fish and akkigavou when hunting. and four flippers to move in water and on land. The rear two flippers are largely conjoined to make one tail that is more useful for aquatic locomotion than terrestrial. Throughout the year the live in small pods of 5-20 mostly related devtalnu that return to a specific point on the shore. Pairs will mate most years of their 15-20 year lifespan, but pups from each litter rarely survive a full year. Devtalnu seek shelter on islands in the middle of seas as they tend to be warmer without cold air coming down from mountains along the shores.3

Any large body of water is likely home to a few pods, though bodies that shrink and grow seasonally due to mountain ice-melt are unlikely to have any devtalnu. They prefer the large seas, and during cold seasons will hibernate openly on beaches, hardly moving throughout the day.