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Marine dragon

Marine dragon

HistoryEdit

The Marine Dragon evolved from the same ancestor as the Prehistoric Dragon, but it survived the Cretaceous mass extinction by taking to the water and took on more aquatic features. The dragon had a blue coloration and developed a long slender body with its wings transformed fins while the tail became a rudder. Thriving in bodies of water such as the seas living off of fish and some of them entered through estuaries where they returned ashore onto land and became the Forest Dragon and possibly the Mountain Dragon.

AppearanceEdit

The mouth and jaws were relatively larger than those of terrestrial dragons, and were armed with a large number of spiky teeth for holding their slippery prey . its nostrils were high on the snout, so that breathing was possible without more of the animal surfacing than was absolutely necessary. (modern crocodiles share this adaptation.) the nostrils were sealed by a flap of skin during dives and underwater feeding was made possible by a flap separating the mouth from the breathing passages. (this structure also played an important part of enabling fire breathing in terrestrial dragons. according to some accounts, sea dragons had a pair of horns and a "collar" or neck frill, possibly used in display, like those in the terrestrial species, e.g., the prehistoric dragon. while the dragon was swimming, the neck frill folded flat to reduce water resistance. Marine dragons probably spent much of time, when not actively diving for food, basking at the surface. their backs likely had a "mackerel" camouflage pattern to make them inconspicuous from above. the vertical surface was pale; most marine animals show this countershading, which makes them less conspicuous in light coming down vertically from the surface.

LegsEdit

Marine dragons had relatively small limbs, functioning partly as legs for moving rapidly along the bed of the river or lake, partly as fins during swimming. the third pair of limbs were used mainly as fins during swimming. the primary propulsive force for swimming came from undulations of the body, rather than from the movement of the legs. aquatic dragons could neither fly or breathe fire, and the "flight bladders" were of some use in adjusting buoyancy when the animal swam in deeper water. they came out onto land at the water margins, and generally lived like modern otters or crocodiles.

WingsEdit

Wings, of course, were useless impediments in the water, and eventually dwindled and disappeared (Animal Planet Dragons World website)

Myths and legendsEdit

Stories told about the Sea Serpent could possibly have been about Marine Dragons.

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