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Tigershark #861

General

Despite their name, tigersharks are not true sharks but rather curious merges of mammals and fish, similar to hippocampi and capricorns, and close relatives of tropical triaks and leocampi. Tigersharks are among the top predators of the western sea, able to catch a wide variety of prey including various fishes, mollusks, birds, mammals, and turtles. If desperate enough, tigersharks may even attack the dunkleosteus and large sea reptiles that live in the open ocean, though it is rare to see tigersharks wandering that far from shore. Like leocampi, they sport gills and breathe comfortably underwater, but despite how their forelimbs closely resemble those of land-dwelling cats, they cannot support their own body weight long outside of water. Tigersharks often hunt at night, so attacks are rare, but they're known to steal fish from nets and traps, and can be extremely dangerous if encountered while underwater.

Egg

This egg is generally quiet, but every so often it will yowl loudly enough to make you jump in your seat.

Hatchling

Tigershark eggs are abandoned by their mothers with the pups left to fend for themselves. Luckily, they hatch with a full set of teeth and sharp senses, able to track and catch small prey as soon as they emerge from the egg. They occasionally form creches in shallow lagoons with other young tigersharks where they'll band together for safety, but unlike their leocampus and tropical triak cousins, tigersharks rarely form social bonds with other animals. They hunt on their own and though they have means of communicating, largely through loud growls and roars, they generally keep to themselves once they grow large enough to fend for themselves.

Adult

Tigersharks maintain territories in which to hunt, often on the reefs fringing Tetzcotal and the Candle Archipelagos, but these territories are loose and they tend to be fairly lax about other tigersharks wandering through as long as they don't get too close. Tigersharks have a superb sense of smell and surprisingly good hearing that allows them to keep track of their neighbors, and a roar usually warns off any intruder who gets too close. If two tigersharks do come to blows, however, they show little mercy, fighting with tooth and claw, trying to push each other into shallows where they might get stranded as the tide retreats. Despite how different their behaviors are from leocampi, in the southern end of their ranges, the two creatures have been known to interbreed and form mixed prides of leocampi and tigersharks, although these prides tend to be small.

Notes

Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: March 1st 2018

Breeds with the following:
Tigershark + Tigershark = Tigershark Cost: 3 shards
Leocampus + Tigershark = Leocampus Cost: 3 shards
Leocampus + Tigershark = Tigershark Cost: 3 shards

March 2018 5-shard Donation Pet

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: PKGriffin

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