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Mortasheen - Shockjaw by scythemantis Mortasheen - Shockjaw by scythemantis
"Flying Mouth"

CLASS: VAMPIRIC

Small and compact at rest, the Shockjaw stretches nearly three times in length when delivering a bite, which not only drains blood but stuns most prey with a powerful jolt of electricity. When sufficiently agitated, energy arcs visibly between its teeth.

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This design is based on the real-world Rattrap fish or loosejaw, and has been only subtly exaggerated:

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(a beautiful, scientifically accurate painting)

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(a dead specimen)

I'll admit that the electrical ability came only from trying to think up a jaw-related name and coming up with nothing else.
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monkeysky Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
This is the only loosejaw based monster I've ever seen, and it is great.
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Orima-Kazooie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're really good at anatomy drawing, I can easily see it all closed up.
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Duklaham Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
I love all the crazy mouths a lot of the sea vampires have.I can picture this one biting its prey and sending a deadly volt of electricity to stun it wile draining blood all at the same time.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This one's mouth comes straight from a real deep sea fish, the rattrap fish! I only exaggerated it the littlest bit :D
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Duklaham Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
I know,I love rat trap fish.:)
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Veridiann Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
The electrical abilities make a little more sense if you count the original creature's bio-luminescence as electricity-powered xD
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Under-Stage-Man Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Not called flying head for nothing, that's all it is! :fish:
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InnsmouthFishwife Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Really awesome work, am loving your gallery, and this series in particular. Very creative, fun, and quirky stuff. Keep it up :skullbones:
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Vipero-the-Salabog Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
What a gorgeous fish! I noticed it doesn't seem to have scales, kind of wrinkled leather instead. But I think it's pretty anyway. It would be an amusing friend I think, as long as people aren't part of it's diet.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
it's real basis and many other deep-sea fish have a slimy, gelatinous skin. Of course I'm also just very bad at drawing scales :p
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