I knew there were predators such as crocodiles in the inland waters as well as on the land. But today I realized for the first time that ocean predators can be a real threat to mammals that live partly on land. I came on a group of mammals unlike any I have seen before, obviously adapted to the water. Fish are abundant along this coast, no doubt because of the cold current offshore, so there is a rich marine food supply and these mammals are adapted to take advantage of it. They are streamlined, with very dense, oily fur, their limbs are reduced to flippers and they are as awkward on land as they are graceful in the water. They are not small; even the females mass more than I do.
I watched as a mother left her pup and headed out to sea to feed. She never made it much past the first line of breakers. A great fish, with rows of sharp teeth in a gaping mouth, leapt from the water to seize her. It was so hot I had thought of dipping myself into the water, but not until I have tested that the warnoff will work with this creature!
Jarn’s Journal is the fictional journal of a fictional human-like alien, Jarn, stranded in Africa some 125,000 years ago. A longer version of this post is available at my main blog; the Journal to date is on my author site. The Journal as a whole serves as remote back story to the universe in which my science fiction books are set. (Jarn’s Journal is the remote source of several Holy Books of planets in the Jarnian Confederation, even today.)
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