Female Hatchling

Female Hatchling
Name: unnamed
Species: Krill
Birthday: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Owner: Blitzen

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Young krill are unable to swim against the rough ocean currents and so spend most of their early lives drifting in the open ocean. They're filter-feeders, so most of their food (tiny algae and occasionally even smaller animals) comes along with them. They remain close to their hatchmate, using their tiny legs to swim closer together if they start to drift apart. It doesn't take long for them to reach their full size -- usually just a few weeks.

The cold northern and southern oceans are home to many marvelous creatures, but almost all of them depend, in one way or another, on these tiny crustaceans. Krill are the base of the arkenian food chain, at their peak season forming masses that weigh millions of tons. Whales, seals, penguins, leviathans, fishes, and many other creatures feed largely or exclusively on krill. The small invertebrates are interesting as more than just food, however. Accustomed to living in enormous clusters, krill dislike being alone. To ensure this, their eggs are always laid in pairs, and they remain with their hatchmate for life. They are never far from one another, and can be identified by their beating hearts, which are visible through their semitransparent exoskeleton and beat in sync with one another.

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: PKGriffin