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Spiked Floater by MichaelBeaudry Spiked Floater by MichaelBeaudry
For lack of a better name, I am currently calling this creature a 'Spiked Floater'. An avid hunter, it uses its barbed forward attack spike (left) to gouge prey. Its anterior grasping appendages unfurl and draw the captured/wounded prey item to its mouth. It floats slowly above the ground at a height of 20- 300 feet, held aloft by several internal chambers that produce hydrogen gas. Its tough waxy skin resists puncture, and rear-facing defensive spikes prevent ambush form behind. The floater propels itself with two pairs of reversible jets, and can move effortlessly in any direction. The feathered, frond-like appendages on its front are in fact external parasites that attach themselves to its skin so as to be within reach of the floater's mouth. When the floater feeds, these parasites bend their flexible bodies toward the captured prey and use the feathered apparatus to glean scraps and pieces of the dismembered foodstuff. Several species of spiked floater occur on this planet, and range in size from a minuscule 3 inches to gargantuan 30 foot long monsters that live higher up in the atmosphere. This particular species is a bit on the small side- maxing out at around 6 feet in length.
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MichaelBeaudry Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks, y'all! Plenty more where this came from- I'm going to make it a point to post stuff more often.
lizerdspherex Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
"This particular species is a bit on the small side- maxing out at around 6 feet in length".

I'd really like to see this thing in motion.
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely fantastic! =)
Weep89 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Love the design of the organic jet nozzles! As a joke or a bad movie title one could call the above creature's planet the `planet of the killer blimpsī =P.
Onironus Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Incredible shape and colors! Always great to see some more work from you.
V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
absolutely beautiful!
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